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    It's never fun, until it is...and then it's not fun. Then one day in a future, time of weeks gone past; you push on a pustule within your arm while watching the Final 4 at a bar in East Mesa, slurping down an Arrogant Bastard and chowing on wings....and an ivory spine emerges from within your corpus....smooth and pristine....

    do I save it???




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    I still have a cactus needle in my hand from gold canyon nearly 2 months ago. Bleh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    It's never fun, until it is...and then it's not fun. Then one day in a future, time of weeks gone past; you push on a pustule within your arm while watching the Final 4 at a bar in East Mesa, slurping down an Arrogant Bastard and chowing on wings....and an ivory spine emerges from within your corpus....smooth and pristine....

    do I save it???
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    Would be pretty cool if you had a picture of you typing a post on MTBR with that thing still stuck on your arm.


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    I bet that was awesome to get off.

    Ironically, I too had a run-in with a cactus. I punched my hand through a Buckhorn Cholla arm last night on T100. My glove was literally pinned to my knuckles. It's all bruised as swollen today. Made me remember why I used to wear MX gloves with plastic fingers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARandomBiker View Post
    I bet that was awesome to get off.
    Leatherman to the rescue!

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    I carry a fine-toothed hair comb in my Camelbak for just such an occasion.
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    Yeah, a comb is the best tool for that situation.

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    An oldie but a goodie.

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    it hurts just looking at those shorts

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    if you take two hand sized rocks, you can grab the teddy bear very easily... never liked combs.. unless you bring a really big one... a full sized leatherman works well..

    but quite honestly 2 rocks has proven to be the best way to get them off...

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    Had to make a split-second decision on crashing into a saguaro or one of those cholla thingys. Picked the cholla -- probably not a good idea. Spent the next 30 min picking out needles with my Leatherman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurious Oranj View Post
    Had to make a split-second decision on crashing into a saguaro or one of those cholla thingys. Picked the cholla -- probably not a good idea. Spent the next 30 min picking out needles with my Leatherman.

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    Very painful, but that is a prickly pear. You can even find those as far north as michigan.

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    Thanks! Never was good with the terminology of cacti. It had lots of spiny things on it, barbed little f#ckers that were not easy to get out. There was a teddy bear cholla there too but that one only got my calf. I swear that there were still needles coming out 6 months later.

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    I wish I took a photo but didn't think about it at the time but my buddy had 4-5 cholla balls in his palm when he tipped over after we crested the Brown's Mountain climb last week. I had to pry them off with (2) Pedro's tire irons. I then had to pick out 100+ thorns individually but it was worth it because it was funny as hell listening to him scream. You would have thought he was in labor. Yeah....her's no tough guy
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    Wow, that would put a real quick end to a fun ride. Fairly recent transplant to AZ and still getting used to dodging all of the sharp, pointy things around here. Definitely don't want to run into one of those. I was doing some pruning on a phoenix palm tree in my yard recently and had one of the spines go through the web of my hand(glove and all). Those things are wicked sharp and painful too.

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    From a few nights ago... Not my leg



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    Rodney! Fun to know we are all still riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl View Post
    Rodney! Fun to know we are all still riding
    Hi DG! Hope all is well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl View Post
    Rodney! Fun to know we are all still riding
    All us old timers are still kicking...hope you're still enjoying the Verhauen.
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