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    South NH Saturday morning?

    Any rides going out? I'm not fast or particularly good company but I'm getting bored riding solo all the time. I've got till lunchtime to play and I'll meet up as early as sunrise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh_SL2 View Post
    ...I'm not fast or particularly good company but ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by radair View Post
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    You should check out this Derry based Facebook group. We've got people doing rides all the time, and Danville's not too far off from most of them.

    Also look into the NEMBA mailing list for rides as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Quint View Post
    You should check out this Derry based Facebook group. We've got people doing rides all the time, and Danville's not too far off from most of them.

    Also look into the NEMBA mailing list for rides as well.
    Great info, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Quint View Post
    You should check out this Derry based Facebook group. We've got people doing rides all the time, and Danville's not too far off from most of them.

    Also look into the NEMBA mailing list for rides as well.
    Thanks for posting that FB page... have been looking for a local group to ride with. I to am sick of riding solo.

    Josh... as for Saturday I am a no go. I am not free until the afternoon. The wife has a hair appointment in the morning...

    If your plans change I will probably be riding the FOMBA trails in Auburn around 2 PM
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    Looking at hitting Hampstead sometime this weekend, possibly sometime Saturday..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippy29er View Post

    Josh... as for Saturday I am a no go. I am not free until the afternoon. The wife has a hair appointment in the morning...

    If your plans change I will probably be riding the FOMBA trails in Auburn around 2 PM
    Thanks! Unfortunately, especially on weekends, it's morning or not at all. Wife/kids/etc.

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    Looking at hitting Hampstead sometime this weekend, possibly sometime Saturday..
    I haven't been there for over a month and I was thinking earlier that if I don't find a ride to join, that's where I'm going. It's too close and too awesome to not be going there regularly. If you're going in the AM let me know.

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    What time were u thinking??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iboated View Post
    What time were u thinking??
    Anywhere from 6-9am start time.

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    Well, Hampstead was great this morning! There's a large tree down in one area that has a bee nest in it so be careful of that. I posted pics of it on the Facebook group. Just shy of 8 miles with no crashes and no bee stings.

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    Hey josh, where was the tree, i found a few that need to be removed, i may try to get out tomorrw morning with the chain saw and the bee spray

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    Quote Originally Posted by PitchCrew View Post
    Hey josh, where was the tree, i found a few that need to be removed, i may try to get out tomorrw morning with the chain saw and the bee spray
    I believe it's the circled intersection on the attached map. Pic of the tree and bee infestation attached as well. I didn't notice the bees until I was half way over...good thing it was early/cool and they were lethargic.
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    that is not the only wasp nest out there. multiple riders have been stung in other areas as well. if you are allergic make sure to have an epipen. ticks, blackflies, mosquitos,deerflies, and now wasps. I HATEM THEY STINK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lone ranger nh View Post
    that is not the only wasp nest out there. multiple riders have been stung in other areas as well. if you are allergic make sure to have an epipen. ticks, blackflies, mosquitos,deerflies, and now wasps. I HATEM THEY STINK!
    That's good to know. I've had a bad reaction once, but had been stung many times before and many since with no issues.

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    Just wanted to say thanks. I came across this today, and remembered this post, so I went way way around. When I got past, and turned around, it was roiling. So thanks for the warning. I'm not allergic, but it would have sucked regardless.
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    Kev.. we rode out there yesterday, that nest that he posted the pics of is NASTY, they were swarming while we went by, had to have been 300 bees... gonna need more than just one can of spray, prolly a few cans and a few people spraying at the same time... we found the other nest too it's by the higher skinny log ride that doesn't get much action on the figure 8? We rode there yesterday for a couple hours...
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    Sounds like a night time raid on these things is in store. Where abouts in relation to the High skinny log, that is the one that got a bunch of riders 2 weeks ago. Thanks

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    we couldn't really tell, but a couple of the guys got stung while standing at the skinny end of the log ride... Sucks cuz that's the way in, and the way out... they got stung goin in right before the steep downhill. It's gotta be at the skinny end cuz thats where they got stung, and, they were attempting to ride the log by starting at the big end for about 10 minutes with no problems...
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    oh man, probably heading there this weekend! Probably Sat AM - early afternoon.
    we need a guide. kevin? meh?
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    just go ride, you can't get lost out there... BTW... I cleared blue moon climb! Woot woot... on the bees... just don't stop! haha
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    Kev, If you want I'll pack a couple cans of bee juice in the camelback tomorrow. I don't know if the weather will hold for a ride, but I'd be up to kill some insects regardless of if we ride or not.

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    Any one know how bees behave in the rain? I will get the big one pictured BEEfore the weekend. the other one i have searched and not found the nest yet. Nice work on blue moon Manch, i have only cleared it twice this year. That one leaves me sucking wind like no other given the short elevation

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    sounds good man i have one can, i dont mind trail work in the rain plus im hoping it will keep the bee activity low. so come over if you want or call It isnt looking to good for getting a ride in. i will most likely ride Thur night and try to catch up with nicoleB28 and her group sat..(hint nicole let me know what time)

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    still very loose plans at the moment. you remember the tall lanky kid Josh (long blondish hair) got your number a couple months ago. He suggested riding there Sat. We've both been there, but theres no way i'd remember how to find most of trails. Maybe like, 10 or 11? i'll get more "deets" later on. just wondering if you were generally around on Sat mornings
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    Quote Originally Posted by PitchCrew View Post
    sounds good man i have one can, i dont mind trail work in the rain plus im hoping it will keep the bee activity low. so come over if you want or call It isnt looking to good for getting a ride in. i will most likely ride Thur night and try to catch up with nicoleB28 and her group sat..(hint nicole let me know what time)
    Yeah, that's what I was thinking. I'll pack the rain gear and head over around normal time. This week is going to be tough for me (grandparents are visiting from California), but Saturday is my birthday, and I'll be damned if I'm not going to get a primo ride in. Family Shmamily.

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    Where's this blue moon climb? Sucking wind is my favorite.

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    I cleaned the whole climb from the road all the way left up to the highway lookout by the gas station yesterday. If that is not this blue moon climb, I don't know what is because that one is a son of you know what. That was my first time on that one, but there is a hellish climb in that area after a down section that is very difficult as well being very steep and short. Lots of good trails out there. I had a great time last Wednesday with the group. I tried to find some of the stuff I didn't know about and found some of it, but I couldn't find a newer trail that has some nice rock sections. I gotta figure out where that one is so that I can hit it again.
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    ooctrl. those are some good solid climbs for sure. If you recall at the end of the rock section that you mentioned, a few riders did a steep little climb to the left then we went down hill to the right ..climbing that from the bottom is the blue moon.
    Josh..if you cross the road from the lot bang a right...cross 2 more roads(im skipping any loops for simplicity) at this point you would be climbing an easy double track to the next road, half way up the double track there is a trail on the left (we call it ledge trail) when you follow that and cross the road then you will be climbing blue moon,
    Golf..sounds good see you tomorrow
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    10:30 this Sat ok? Hampstead? (usual lot)

    edit: now i'm seeing it may be quite rainy. i guess we'll see just how bad.
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    So the limited showing for wed (12 riders) got 2 birds stoned at once...we were able to dump 2 cans of bee spray into the pictured nest (did not get the tree out for obvious reasons) found the 2nd nest that manchvegas encountered and dumped another 2 can into that one. and cleared another 2 tree blocking trails ....all while getting in a sweaty slick 8 mile ride in.
    nocole sorry but got roped into whitewater raft trip this weekend

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    KEVIN I'M SO HURT!!!
    for any other stragglers who feel like riding, we've moved to Musquash this Sat at 11. (not my choice, but at least we know our way around more)
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    Hi guys, could someone please mark some of these Hampstead climbs in Strava or something? I've begun to mark a few typical routes using names I found on the PDF map.

    It sounds like people are discussing two or 3 different hills.

    Heading south toward 111, immediately after you cross Lakeside drive there is a brief steep climb to a T intersection. If you go left it follows Lakeside Drive for a bit then turns right and goes up. It's a steep narrow climb. I'll make a segment the next time I ride it...but I have yet to clear it.

    Once you reach 111, if you follow west bound there is an incredibly steep short climb. I've only come down it. I imagine the local kids in their dirt bikes go up it...but I'd bow down to a mtb'er that could make it up. A little hard to make a segment since there are so many trail merges near 111.

    Over on the northwest part of the park, there is a great trail on the western most part of Eagle Rd. Take it heading north bound and there is a steep climb. It's more of a cardio issue with me than technical, but even starting half-way (where a loop trail merges into it) it is a tough climb. Anyway, I have marked this one "Williams Wilderness Climb" in Strava (based on the name on the map) but I can rename it. Strava Segment | Williams Wilderness Climb

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    Hey chuler1 I dont have strava, Ill see if anyone in the group is running it. the climb off eagle you mention i believe is blue moon if u posted your route like josh did to identify the bees nest i could be more help. The other area towards 111 has no trail names,
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    the one by 111 is just a hard climb, clean that most of the time. That other one along 111 the reaaaallly steep one is pretty impossible. The other one you mentioned was blue moon, it's more of an endurance thing than technical....
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    Why do you call it blue moon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuyler1 View Post
    Why do you call it blue moon?
    just sort of came about due to the idea that an average rider will only make it from the bottom to the top without getting off the bike "once in a blue moon" lol

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    That's sounds about right. My legs burn up by the time I reach that trail to the left...then I try to shift and I inevitably grind the gears and topple over. My best attempt stopped about 20 ft from the top.

    We had some fun the other day in that area though. I pulled out the camera to video tape. I'm in the blue. I've got a 29er on order but in the meantime I'm stuck on a bike that is arguably too small for me...but that won't stop me from getting out there.


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    Cool..Thanks for sharing..that last bit we call tricky rock for obvious reason. you should see the guys that just launch right off that thing

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    Yeah, I can see an easier route down...if you have the suspension to take the impact. I'd probably snap my pedals off. ...soon enough though, I won't have that excuse. I've got a Santa Cruz Tallboy LT due to arrive mid-October. Until then, if you ride with anyone that aces it, be sure to have the camera rolling!

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