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    Baghdad Yeti

    I am out here in downtown Baghdad reading and keeping up with all the great rides you guys are having back home. My Yeti's are hanging in my garage dream about being riden just as i am dreaming about riding them. I am being kept informed by the gang out in Golden and how busy they are building the best bikes. I hear that some of the trails are still ridable for a little longer but the slopes are white and the blanks are coming out. I am out here at the US Embassy (the former Presidential Palace). I am trying to get a DJ out here to get at least some riding in. great chance to work on trials riding. I got to ride a Hajji bike the other day in back of the Embassy. I snapped the rear rim taking off some T-walls, baracades and steps. There is an Australian here with me who has a Trek Fuel sent out here to ride. Nothing like a Yeti. I have been plastering stickers all over this town. I enjoy reading everyones stories of their rides back in the states. keep them coming. Sign Sandbox Yeti
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    Cool picture

    Thanks for your work over there. I personally think the military is doing good and Iraq and if we stick to it it will turn out well.

    Trails in Denver are are still ridable, about 55 today. Going skiing tomorrow at Winter Park. Should be pretty thin though. Keep plastering the Yeti stickers all over.

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    What more can I say!!!

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    Too many people today blame the military for the current events, well I definetly don't. I can't begin to thnk you enough for you hard work so people like me can go for a ride. I'll ride extra hard for you man ...even though I am jealous of your yeti collection
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    Thank you for your sevice Haloranger. You walk a path not meant for the meek or lacking of fortitude. Watch your back and come home safe. Good to see the Tribe being represented in Iraq.

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    face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who
    errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms,
    the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the
    best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if
    he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall
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    Thanks for the kind words. I heard Red Rocks and Mathew Winters had a good turn out the other day. I used to get a group of Tribe members toghether to ride weekly around different trails in the area. Before I left I got to ride Vail Pass, Shrine Pass and down to Minturn which is aa great ride. Winter Park has some really good rides both cross country and Dh. Their Dh routes were getting much needed upgrades before i left so not all were open. This is my fifth tour out here to the sandbox. I have seen much improvement in areas and not so much in other areas.
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    Bet there is some good riding over there if there wasn't a war going on.I read a post on the Santa Cruz site from a soldier who got his ride shipped over. He said flats were constant due to all the shrapnel laying around. Be safe and come home in one piece, when you do I'd like to buy you a drink and hear all about it.
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    Here is a TCN hired to be a security guard at the Embassy supporting Yeti. Though he still thinks that Yeti is a Monster he could not grasp it as a bicycle co. Not just any bike company but THE bike company.
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    looks like security guard

    Looks like the security guards from Park Meadows mall, except the automatic weapon. Went to WP on Sat, should have stayed and rode. I know the Yeti Tribe will kill me, but I should have my new Ibis Mojo next week. Then it will snow like hell, so you can thank me.

    If it is still ski season when you get back I've got some comp tickets at WP for you, and some beer. You need any bike magazines? I travel a lot and buy them all at the airport, and usually toss them a month or two later. I'll ship on my nickel.

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    ....you have the job I dreamed of as a kid (my dads best friend is a ranger), now I dream of engineering bikes, but I still give all my respect to you guys in uniform, keep on trucking and god bless!

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    Yeah, the guard does look like the ones out at Park Meadows but this one speaks three languages and will shoot on the spot. Thanks for the offer on the mags but I am squared away already with subscriptions. Buddy of mine sent some biking DVDs also. That just makes me miss home evenmore. I find out in December as how long this tour for me will be. This is my fifth tour out here and the first time that there was no definite time line for me. I have open orders that are 6 to 18 months.
    21 years of this and I still enjoy what I do. I have been a HALO jumper since March '90. I got when we got back from our little excursion in Panama '89. Thanks for the support. Hope you guys have a great ski season. My goal is that i hope i am back in time for the Tribe gathering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haloranger
    Yeah, the guard does look like the ones out at Park Meadows but this one speaks three languages and will shoot on the spot. Thanks for the offer on the mags but I am squared away already with subscriptions. Buddy of mine sent some biking DVDs also. That just makes me miss home evenmore. I find out in December as how long this tour for me will be. This is my fifth tour out here and the first time that there was no definite time line for me. I have open orders that are 6 to 18 months.
    21 years of this and I still enjoy what I do. I have been a HALO jumper since March '90. I got when we got back from our little excursion in Panama '89. Thanks for the support. Hope you guys have a great ski season. My goal is that i hope i am back in time for the Tribe gathering.
    Hey, I'll chime in and say thank you as well for your efforts over there. The drive by media sucks and they paint the wrong image over here. Every single person I have talked to that is actually in Iraq has a different story to tell.

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    just checking

    I know it is big world out there, and there are hundreds of Rangers, but do you know a guy named Scott Davis? Sounds like he was in same time as you. A little Panama time, a little Iraq time etc. Thought I would shoot in the dark.

    You don't think the Park Meadows guys can shoot on the spot? Cmon.

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    Davis is a common name. With one Ranger Regiment that cinsists of three Battalions and a HQ unit. Then you there are thousands of school trained Rangers. I did know and still know a Chris Davis but not a Scott. The guards at the PM mall i just have to laugh. every time i see one i think of what would they do if? You can usually tell by the way an individuals has his equipment worn and handles himself as to how they would react kinda funny. Almost as funny as that lousy movie called Marine. We got to see the other day on from Hajji copied DVD. Good only for a laugh. We had a room here at the Embassy set up for movies. We had Marines, Navy, Air Force and Army all just busting on this film.

    I broke out some DVDs (Yeti, Collective and Roam DVD's) and had a night for bikers. we had a great turnout. there were a few Roadies mixed in there and even a few that want to get into Biking. The only thing we were missing was the beer. and that is off limits.
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    No beer? Sherman was right, war is hell.
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    You put a Yeti sticker on a bronze sculpture?!

    Not cool.

    P.S. before you get your camies in a wad - I do support the fine men and women of the armed forces (like my brother), but to deface artwork I can't support that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howeler
    You put a Yeti sticker on a bronze sculpture?!

    Not cool.

    P.S. before you get your camies in a wad - I do support the fine men and women of the armed forces (like my brother), but to deface artwork I can't support that.
    Before you get your undies in a wad - If I'm not mistaken, that looks like the Yeti emblem cut and pasted to the picture, not the statue. I call that photo-chopping.

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    I hope so ivi.

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    Sorry I have not gotten back on line sooner but things have been rather hictic around here the last couple of days. Had a car bomb go off yesterday (Day afterThanksgiving) that was a bit close my vehicle took alot of shrapnel. Not the first and probably not the last. There is beer and alchohol BUT General Order #1 states clearly that there will be NO consumption of alchohol beverages. We get near beer. Here at the Embassy the State Department gurus follow there own rules. They hang out at night by the pool drinking whine, mixed drinks and beer while the rest of us have water, gatorade, and Near Beer. There is mass amounts of alchohol consumed at the Brits camp, Aussie camp and the other foreign national's camps. There is the Baghdad Country Club that sells anything you want as long as you are not US Military.

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    Hey tough guy! Deface Art work? Yeti alone is PURELY ART WORK. Photo crop come and join me out here tough guy. Get a taste of what it is really like and you can come out to the Al Rashe Hotel and check it out for yourself.

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    Good job! Sadly, I don't ride a Yeti, but we have other common interests...

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    More then you know. It was quite awhile ago that I too was SSG. You could say I grew up in 1/75. And went back to Regiment as an Officer. Looks like Baghdad Yeti be moving to Taji in December. More photos to follow.

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    Another Army Yeti-Head

    MAJ HaloRanger--

    You da' MTB man for Yeti in Iraq. Betcha' there would be some good riding in the desert if you didn't have to watch out for IED's and other bad stuff. When you return you should be hired as Yeti's worldwide publicist.

    I should post a photo of my left ankle. Tattooed thereupon is the logo of my bike shop: Totally Wired Cyclery in Fraser, Colorado and above that is the Yeti Ice Axe. Better yet, when you're home, hopefully by next Spring, you come on up to Winter Park and I'll show you our stash of "locals only/top secret" rockin' trails.

    Be safe, thanks for your service and come home soon.

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    Rick,
    Thanks for the invite. Winter Park is a great place to ride. i rode there right before I left. Went out and Hit the Broken Thumb trail and few others for cross country riding and then up to finish on nothing but downhills. Thanks

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    New Pics

    Here are some new pictures out at FOB (Forward Operating Base) Prosperity that is on the boarder of the Red Zone (Unsecured Area) and the IZ / Green Zone (International Zone). It is a guard tower that overlooks to the north western corner of the IZ. Talking with the Soldiers that just arrived three days ago and this was their second day on guard duty. They came in from FT Carson, CO. So I grab a picture of the three of us supporting our home grown bike company YETI. The second picture is the view out into the Red Zone. Notice the half built Mosque in the picture if it had been finished it would have been the worlds largest Mosque. Saddam used this as a way to build and furnish his Palaces and relatives' homes with nicer things but never finished it. It is also believed that it was to unite the Muslim Nations as one but this had too many loop holes.
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    May the yeti bling and schwag reach to the ends of the earth!!! Keep truckin soldier!!!

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    Just echoing what everybody else has ben saying. Thank you!! keep spreading the gospel of the tribe, stay safe, and get home soon.

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    Halo Ranger...how will I find you when you return??

    HaloRanger--

    How will I find you when you return to Colorado? At this point I don't even know your name. Of course, I understand that your current deployed situation may make it impossible to give out that sort of info. Therefore, I'll give you my contact info. Until early February I'll be here in Utah as the Medical Officer of the CBHCO (Community Based Health Care Organization) and can be reached at the following: richard.george.foutch@amedd.army.mil or cell: 801-231-7914 or home: 801-446-8616. When do you expect to be back home in Colorado? When you do come home, I've got a place for you to stay in Winter Park/Fraser and lots of "local knowledge" trails to show you.

    As always, keep the Yeti rubber side down, COL Rick Foutch, DO, MC

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    You Americans and your war...

    "your either with us or a terrorist", and now Yeti is suporting the war by sponsoring army with t-shirts and stickers. How the mighty have fallen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erkan
    and now Yeti is suporting the war by sponsoring army with t-shirts and stickers. How the mighty have fallen.
    Where was Yeti sponsoring anything?? All I saw was these guys supporing Yeti....

    Quote Originally Posted by haloranger
    So I grab a picture of the three of us supporting our home grown bike company YETI.

    I am not american, but find it wrong to involve a small bike company into something like a war just because a group of soldiers buy their products...

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    Hey Wild man (if you are), First We Sponsor Yeti as we are MTBrs. Yeti doesn't sponsor us. The great thing is that Americans support Americans. Oh and by the way who calls for help when they have issues and conflicts? Let's see now; 80% or more of the World calls on the Grand US of A to dish them out of trouble. Lets see now and who usually goes? The American Soldiers. You obviously do not know your own Country's history:HISTORY: The 18th and 19th centuries Sweden saw a significant population increase, which the writer Esaias Tegnér in 1833 famously attributed to "the peace, the (smallpox) vaccine, and the potatoes", with the population doubling between 1750 and 1850. Many looked towards America for a better life, and although not affluent, many Swedes had sufficiently high incomes to be able to afford the boat tickets necessary to make the journey across the Atlantic. It is believed that between 1850 and 1910 more than one million Swedes moved to the United States. In the early 20th century, more Swedes lived in Chicago than in Gothenburg (Sweden's second largest city). Most Swedish immigrants moved to the Midwest United States, with a large population in Minnesota. Some Swedes also moved to Canada.
    Sweden was traditionally less developed than Western Europe (though more affluent than much of Eastern and Southern Europe); industrialization began in earnest after 1870. During the late 19th century, Sweden was influenced by Protestant temperance movements, mainly of American origin. There is more in the History Books. If you studied in school you would know this. Enough said.
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    One world with so many different opinions. I'm just grateful to the soldiers who have made (and continue to make) it possible for people all over the world to argue politics on a bicycle forum! Thank you Haloranger!

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    It doesn’t matter what your belief, Nationality, race, or even what bike you ride; all of us who read and log onto these forums have common interests and freedoms and that is the ability to enjoy our passion of Mountain Biking.

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    Not an American

    Quote Originally Posted by erkan
    You Americans and your war...

    "your either with us or a terrorist", and now Yeti is suporting the war by sponsoring army with t-shirts and stickers. How the mighty have fallen.
    Lived many years in the US and still pay taxes to the IRS but want to ask you two things without too much politics and without saying anything about this specific war:
    1. Who saved your ar....... in world war II and rebuilt Europe?.
    2. Do you really believe that you can avoid war by saying you don't like war?. Look again at the history of world war II and read about Chemberlin "efforts" to avoid war. There are people in the world that consider you as an enemy even if you just want to drink your beer and peacfully live your good life.

    This world is far from perfect, so let's enjoy M. biking and forget about the rest on this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crisillo
    Where was Yeti sponsoring anything?? All I saw was these guys supporing Yeti....




    I am not american, but find it wrong to involve a small bike company into something like a war just because a group of soldiers buy their products...
    Don't waste your time on this troll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    Don't waste your time on this troll.
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    Farewell Baghdad and Hello Taji

    Baghdad Yeti is moving north to Taji, Iraq. It is more or less like a suburb of Baghdad. Here is the final photo from Baghdad. More to follow from Taji and other journeys on this tour.

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    This Disclaimer is for those that have other views and beliefs or intentions. The Great bike company YETI DOES NOT SPONSOR ME OR THE WAR. I am affiliated only by being a dedicated fan of the bikes they produce. I am a supporter of YETI and a Fighter for Freedom and the death of terrorists. I promote the FREEDOM and LOVE of the sport of Mountain Biking. Enough said. Enjoy the journey with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by haloranger
    Baghdad Yeti is moving north to Taji, Iraq. It is more or less like a suburb of Baghdad. Here is the final photo from Baghdad. More to follow from Taji and other journeys on this tour.

    Disclaimer:
    This Disclaimer is for those that have other views and beliefs or intentions. The Great bike company YETI DOES NOT SPONSOR ME OR THE WAR. I am affiliated only by being a dedicated fan of the bikes they produce. I am a supporter of YETI and a Fighter for Freedom and the death of terrorists. I promote the FREEDOM and LOVE of the sport of Mountain Biking. Enough said. Enjoy the journey with me.
    I wouldn't lower myself to the political correct crowd. Disclaimer is unneeded and for those that want to make political speculation, let them go on ignored. I wish they would go fly Taliban Air to anywhere outside the US and leave us level headed, sober, red blooded Americans who support the troops and support the war effort in Iraq the heck alone.

    I ride a Yeti and I will cast MY support to the war effort and any troll that doesn't like it can go hang out with Ted Kennedy. Maybe they can go for a ride with some wiskey across a river or something...
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    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy
    I wouldn't lower myself to the political correct crowd. Disclaimer is unneeded and for those that want to make political speculation, let them go on ignored. I wish they would go fly Taliban Air to anywhere outside the US and leave us level headed, sober, red blooded Americans who support the troops and support the war effort in Iraq the heck alone.

    I ride a Yeti and I will cast MY support to the war effort and any troll that doesn't like it can go hang out with Ted Kennedy. Maybe they can go for a ride with some wiskey across a river or something...
    Ok iviguy... but political correctness is good... haloranger shows that he knows there are people that don't agree with him and respects that... that's good!

    Personally I don't support ANY war (I come from a country that abolished the army over 50 years ago), but I respect that haloranger and you have an opinion and values you are willing to defend.

    erkan's position was disrespectful to your beliefs and haloranger's which is also incorrect, but there's no need to send people "fly on Taliban Air".

    Just trying to keep it friendly

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    Quote Originally Posted by crisillo
    Ok iviguy... but political correctness is good... haloranger shows that he knows there are people that don't agree with him and respects that... that's good!

    Personally I don't support ANY war (I come from a country that abolished the army over 50 years ago), but I respect that haloranger and you have an opinion and values you are willing to defend.

    erkan's position was disrespectful to your beliefs and haloranger's which is also incorrect, but there's no need to send people "fly on Taliban Air".

    Just trying to keep it friendly
    Yeah, I jabbed a little.... I don't like war, nobody does. But at times it is necessary. We may all have our opinions about this particular war and that is fine. Everything changed after 9/11 when our eyes were opened to the possibility of what could happen in the future. I think all efforts going forward are an attempt to thwart that possibility. We may have opened pandora's box though.. I don't know. I do think we can't just submit to the demands of terrorists.

    BTW - You do realize that by saying there is no need to send people to "fly on Taliban Air" that you are agreeing with me that the Taliban are evil, right? Otherwise, flying on Taliban Air wouldn't constitute a "bad" thing....
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    Quote Originally Posted by iviguy

    BTW - You do realize that by saying there is no need to send people to "fly on Taliban Air" that you are agreeing with me that the Taliban are evil, right? Otherwise, flying on Taliban Air wouldn't constitute a "bad" thing....
    Yeah.. I don't agree with war NOR with the Taliban

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    War sucks

    HaloRanger--

    We all have our opinions...but gratefully, the overwhelming majority of Americans support the troops...our latter day heros. Yesterday, I flew from Denver to Salt Lake and there were a number of uniformed service members at the gate. At boarding time, an announcement was made inviting the SM's to board first. The civilians in the waiting area all applauded heartily. It was a little thing, but did make me tearful. Our soldiers are the best and they are actively defending American Freedom.

    No doubt, war sucks...let's ride.

    Keep the rubber side down, COL Rick Foutch

    P.S. Always looking forward to showing the locals stash in Winter Park.

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    Just don´t judge all Swede´s by erkans ridicolous comments, personally I think you should have removed Saddam already back in -91.

    I think you´re doing a great job down there, surely would´nt wanna be there myself.

    Just hope you can stop the violence, read about a new bombing in a marketplace today, 130 dead...

    Best regards, Mikael

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    Oh cripes, I know I should stay away from this but I just can't...

    Firstly, I'll say that it is possible to support the service of the armed forces without being in support of the action they are involved in. People go, do their duty and do an unpleasant and dangerous job. They don't do it because of a judgement of if it's right or if it's wrong, not because they take pleasure in hurting others, they do it because it's their job.

    To leap to something that may seem unrelated, look at NY city firtefighters going into the twin towers... did they have any hope of saving those on the top floors? or to extinguish the flames? or save the building? would we be better off if they'd stayed outside so that they could extinguish this or that house fire the next week? That's not the point. They went in because it was their job. No-one is pointing fingers and saying that it was a useless waste of life and resources. People were carrying out their duty.

    Sure, some politicians will say "You're either with us or you're with the terrorists." these are people using the sacrifice of others for their own political ends and nothing makes me sicker personally, but the last person you'll see me criticise is the guy on the ground in the line of fire.

    There are many things about the current "war" I have issues with, not least of which is the willingness of the present administration to throw the rulebook out the window when it suits them. They're behaving in a manner that the world has not seen in democratic countries for half a century or more. The coalition of the willing (leaders) no longer has any moral high ground to stand on.

    Do I think that Saddam was a nice person or support him? Not in the least. Do I approve of the attitudes of the Taliban? No, I don't.

    But lets pause for a minute and look at the facts. The 911 conspirators primarily came from Saudi Arabia. No hard evidence that I'm aware of has yet been made to establish a firm link with Afghanistan as being responsible for 911. Yet the administration was happy to invade a foreign country and overthrow their government. Not only this, but people working for that government or defending it, have beenf forcibly kidnapped, flown across the planet, thrown into prison camps and held without charge for 4 years, tortured, had hearsay and evidence gathered under duress used against them in military tribunals that no US citizen can be legally subjected to, and no-one bats an eyelid. US politicians at the highest levels will publically go on the record trying to define what passes for the legal definition of "torture".

    Iraq is a complete mess, but, like Yugoslavia before it, this is hardly a suprise. It was a country of 3 highly divided ethnic groups made into a country and held together by a vicious dictator. Remove that dictator and the three groups fight amongst themselves for power, in revenge, in anger at the demolition of their infrastructure... The presence of US forces will not hold Iraq together, the Kurds, She-ites and Sunis will eventually split their individual ways I suspect. Saddam and his rule that tolerated no opposition was what held the place together, despise him or not. (and most folks do/did)

    BTW, I love my yeti ASR and also the ARC I had before it.

    Things on the world stage in the last 5 years have saddened me greatly, primarily because I'm Australian and our present leader is blinded by slavish followintg of the US administration, no matter how flawed their policies may seem. (He has enough flawed policies of his own back here though...)

    I've said too much, I haven't said enough.

    I pray your troops come home safely soon and the war ends with some sort of stable outcome. I fear this will not be the case, but it's what I pray for.

    Don't blame the messenger, or the serviceperson in the foxhole...

    Drew

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    @Drew:
    I think you hit the nail on the head with your post.
    I also would like to comment/write my oppinion, but I don´t have the time right now(exams)

    Greetings Znarf

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    Secret Winter Park Trails await

    Haloranger--

    This is COL Rick Foutch, still trying to figure out how to find you when you return, for some local knowledge WP riding and of course, to buy you a beer and a meal.

    Keep the rubber side down, rick

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    Has anyone heard from Haloranger since December last year?

    Do we know if he's been injured or killed or (hopefully) happily back at home riding trails instead of posting on forums?

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    Special Thanks to All

    A very Special Thanks to everyone for your support. Baghdad Yeti and his adventures had to stop as all blogs and forums were considered a security risk so they put a blocker on them. Me well I am now back in Colorado and getting ready to move around May 08. I have comleted my 5th tour and I am sure that there will be more as this is what I do and have been doing for the past 23 years. There is nothing better then to always know that when I come home I can trust my Yetis on taking me thru mind boggling adventures. We shall see where the next big Yeti adventure leads us. I hope to get to ride with some of you and again Thanks.

    Me Yeti.JPG

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    Wow! Hadn't even considered the whole censorship/blocking thing. When you headed out of Baghdad and just seemingly vanished off the face of the planet I thought you may have become one of the many US statisitics.

    That's quite a stable you've got yourself there...

    Happy trails.

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    Welcome Home!

    I never even thought of putting a post out here to let folks know you were safe and sound (despite the near miss w/ the mortar shell). I'm a bad, bad friend....

    Great riding w/ you the other weekend in Pueblo and looking forward to more rides before you head off on your next adventure!

    Takin' a knowwhatI'm census...

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