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    Altitude Adjustment

    When I lived in Colorado I missed the trees and the greenery of the Eastern Woodlands. I've been back a long time, but now find that sometimes I miss unobstructed views. They're not easy to come by here on the east coast. Lately I've gotten the itch, and today I got a chance to scratch it. I also got to ride some singletrack that I rarely visit.

    Business before pleasure though. The ride opened with a 10 mile climb, mostly on jeep trail and dirt road. Hardly inspiring, but I needed the exercise.
    <img src ="http://forum.bikemag.com/photopost/data/500/1212PMtnRd-med.jpg">

    And the payoff is worth it. Driving: 2.5 hours. Climbing: 1.25 hours. The view: priceless. Just what the doctor ordered.
    <img src ="http://forum.bikemag.com/photopost/data/500/1212goofball2-med.jpg">

    Its not the altitude, but what you can see from it that counts.
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    I'd noticed on the way up that there was a descending section where I was flinging mud all over the place. I remember thinking that I could get a fun pic if I'd had some company. On the way back down this same section was a climb, and it was a fine line between going fast enough to clear the mud from the tires without blowing up and bogging down, or just plain bogging down without the blowing up part. I was unable to walk that line.
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    <img src ="http://forum.bikemag.com/photopost/data/500/1212clogged3-med.jpg">

    As usual, I was alone, so self portraits on the timer were the name of the game. Here's some classic southeastern bench cut. Dupont SF has a rep for doubletrack and lots of traffic. Not from where I stand though.
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    From the top of Pinnacle Mtn I bombed all the way down to Lake Julia. Didn't feel like wading so I returned the way I came down, but there is a ford across the creek down there that leads to more single track. There's also this bridge. Its a tourist trap. "Hey Marge! We can cross here without getting our feet wet!!!"
    <img src ="http://forum.bikemag.com/photopost/data/500/1212ricketybridge-med.jpg">

    Heading for the barn. What's this white chit? Snow? WTF??? SNOW!!!???? I knew I should have run my studded tires today.
    <img src ="http://forum.bikemag.com/photopost/data/500/1212headinhome-med.jpg">

    And some random sort of artsy shots for Pete to make fun of.
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    When the going gets weird its bedtime.

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    Nice x 3

    Nice photos, nice place to ride, and nice bike! I've been dreaming about a VooDoo. Sigh, maybe one day....
    Ride.

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    Very nice ride report. Did you ride that bridge? How sturdy was it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Very nice ride report. Did you ride that bridge? How sturdy was it?
    Ha! That thing has been there, untouched, for 35 years! I thought it was gonna collapse just by looking at it.

    SingleGuy, buy a voodoo, ride some nice trails, and you don't have to say that about the photos.
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    Nice report, I don't remember missing the north east that much when living in Durango, after coming back to New England I do miss Durango.
    Your bike can take you anywhere, anytime, over any terrain but, you have to force it to GK 2004. BB1, who started it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by minkhiller
    Nice report, I don't remember missing the north east that much when living in Durango, after coming back to New England I do miss Durango.
    What I missed most was the choice of good swimming spots. Although the ones I did go to in CO, AZ, NM and UT were pretty damn nice, they were few and far between.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wooglin
    What I missed most was the choice of good swimming spots. Although the ones I did go to in CO, AZ, NM and UT were pretty damn nice, they were few and far between.
    That's another thing...no hot springs in this neck of the woods.
    Your bike can take you anywhere, anytime, over any terrain but, you have to force it to GK 2004. BB1, who started it?

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    Nice report there Wooglin, We will have to get together on the next trip. Maybe a Pisgah or Wilson Creek.

    What kind of gearing did you run at Dupont?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch
    Nice report there Wooglin, We will have to get together on the next trip. Maybe a Pisgah or Wilson Creek.

    What kind of gearing did you run at Dupont?
    That'd be fun, although with my schedule its hard for me to get further from town and still get a good ride in. Even yesterday I had to be back here in Cola by 5, which made for an early start in the AM and some moderately illegal driving. Still, keep me in mind. If I get enough warning I might be able to pull it off.

    I ran a 32-20 (with 29" wheels). I really hate changing gears so I just leave that on all the time.
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    Sweet shots.
    The Nano is not the best mud tire eh? =)
    Those are Nano's under that tomb of mud aren't they???

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    nice ride report! for the mud: try spraying a layer of PAM cooking spray on your frame. specifically on the places where you get the mud jam. it makes the mud sort of slide off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jh_on_the_cape
    nice ride report! for the mud: try spraying a layer of PAM cooking spray on your frame. specifically on the places where you get the mud jam. it makes the mud sort of slide off.
    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    Sweet shots.
    The Nano is not the best mud tire eh? =)
    Those are Nano's under that tomb of mud aren't they???
    Jones ACX on the front/MotoRaptor on the back. The Bonty did ok, the WTB needs help. I think I'm gonna pick me up a Mythos since its always worked so well on my 26ers. But nothing can really handle the red clay we get down here. Not even Pam would've kept it from gunking up I don't think.
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    Nice stuff!

    i'm in the same boat as a few folks, it seems.

    oregon------->colorado------>new england-------->colorado.

    i miss parts of whichever spot i'm not in. now i'm not really sure where i'll end up.

    particularly miss some of the food to be found in the northeast metro areas. yum!
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