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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 12:25 am 
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LOL, I just can't win with this photo uploading gig! :lol:



I’ll do ya a solid Hawg. A free CR [courtesy rotation]. Next time I’ll be charging.


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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 7:21 pm 
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Jeez. That makes all the difference. Thanks, DJ. Now that I can see the selfie upright, it looks like Mr. H's friend is not too happy back there.

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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 7:53 pm 
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Stupid question alert!

Does those mini dinosaurs not bite?

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Not at all, but they have a weird defense mech where they squirt blood out of their eyes! I think these guys are on The List for endangerment.

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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 12:17 am 
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Magura wrote:
Stupid question alert!

Does those mini dinosaurs not bite?

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Lol
No, as docile as a T–Rex. Seriously though, very docile. Cool little creatures and as a Ray said getting more scarce every year. I only had two sightings in the 25 years I lived in SoCal.

Not wise to piss off it’s ancestors.


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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 11:28 am 
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Exactly!
That's the image I had in my head, when I saw your pic.
Hence the question.


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Hawg, there was a bunch of them on the trails just north of the train tracks on Miramar Marine Base a decade ago. They are all gone now. Those trails have been turned into the Miramar National Cemetery, and people are dying to get in there, I'm told.
I bet DJ remembers those.

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Ray Dolor wrote:
Hawg, there was a bunch of them on the trails just north of the train tracks on Miramar Marine Base a decade ago. They are all gone now. Those trails have been turned into the Miramar National Cemetery, and people are dying to get in there, I'm told.
I bet DJ remembers those.


Sadly, it's pretty much the same elsewhere, at least in So Cal for the Horned Lizard. It's an ant eater by nature so with that specific diet, it's easy to see how things can go out of whack for a species. They do eat just about anything that fits into their mouths but it takes ants to satisfy their dietary needs.

That said, my friend (our friend) Derek (Bike&Fish) has seen Horned Lizards on back to back rides in the Las Vegas area recently. So, out in the desert, those species appear to be thriving.


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Ray Dolor wrote:
Hawg, there was a bunch of them on the trails just north of the train tracks on Miramar Marine Base a decade ago. They are all gone now. Those trails have been turned into the Miramar National Cemetery, and people are dying to get in there, I'm told.
I bet DJ remembers those.


I do remember seeing trails in that area off highway 15 however I never rode them. Both of my sightings were in the Mission trails trail system south east of there.


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I did a Backbone Trail recon ride with a bud yesterday. Since this section of trail (Encinal Canyon Road to Mishe Mokwa) has just reopened, we wanted to see what the Santa Monica Mountains look like now after that huge fire that went through there late last year. Sadly, the entire area has been transformed into almost completely barren hillsides. Gone are almost all of the areas of dense Chaparral that once covered the range. Only a few isolated areas of that stuff left. 95% of it is a scattering of black sticks and branches poking up through a magnificent wildflower bloom that carpets the hillsides in white, purple, yellow, and red. At least we have the wildflowers. A considerable amount of the trail itself had to be rebuilt, meaning a Bobcat had gone through and plowed a wide, loose, gravel covered path. But, we had a great ride. It would appear that the word is not yet out that this section of trail has reopened because we saw very few others out there.

19.85 miles
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Cool! ^
Thanks for posting the photo right side up this time, less work for me.


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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 9:35 pm 
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Was gone for the week. Guess where?
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Looks like Utah?


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I attended the Mount Wilson Biking Association annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser today. They are the folks who build and maintain our local trails. They announced today that they are currently raising funds to build a bike park in the forest on the grounds of a local ski resort. I feasted on pancakes and sausages and I even won some swag in the raffle.

The event was held at Henninger Flats up Mt Wilson Toll Road. It's a 2.5 mile, 1300' gain mega-grind to get there and it was not fun to do early in the morning. There was at least 200 hundred attendees which included many cycling friends of mine and many other familiar faces who I have seen while riding over the years and in the bike shops.


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Sounds like a good time. You're really close, the Kokopelli trail in Fruita. My son got an inch of snow in the morning and we timed the ride in between rain. I really love the Mesa.

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Sounds like a good time. You're really close, the Kokopelli trail in Fruita. My son got an inch of snow in the morning and we timed the ride in between rain. I really love the Mesa.



Nice!


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Looks great norton. Big sky kinda place


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norton55 wrote:
You're really close, the Kokopelli trail in Fruita. My son got an inch of snow in the morning and we timed the ride in between rain. I really love the Mesa.


Not sure if I mentioned this but a group of my friends just returned from a Bikerpelli trip (Fruita to Moab in 3 days).


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Nice. 8-)

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Nice pics, Norton.
And DJ, the trails I was referring to were on the mesa north of the train tracks and were visible from 809 north. A fairly small area that still managed to contain just around 10 miles of single track. Then came the cemetery.

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Ray Dolor wrote:
Nice pics, Norton.
And DJ, the trails I was referring to were on the mesa north of the train tracks and were visible from 809 north. A fairly small area that still managed to contain just around 10 miles of single track. Then came the cemetery.



The 805 north. Not recalling them but I’m getting older every day. ;)

You may be interested to read what happened east of you. I entered it in this thread yesterday.


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Had a mud fest of a ride yesterday. I originally went the Devils Backbone [an old friend of a trail] the gate was closed and I assumed the trails were closed due to wet conditions. There was a ranger there so I picked his brain. It initially closed due to wet conditions bit now they were dealing with a rattlesnake den. When you hear the word den it’s usually hundreds of snakes. I asked if they were killing them, he hesitated and came back with a relocation answer. I doubt they are relocating hundreds of snakes, they’re toast.

I moved on to my other local go to, Bobcat Ridge. It was open with only 3 cars in the lot. Score! Trails to myself but the skies were looking ominous. I definitely caught this ride in between storms. As I started it started sprinkling but those that know Colorado know to stick it out, it will change shortly. Which it did about a mile in the rain stopped. The dirt was a mix of hero dirt and all out slop. I haven’t ridden in such sloppy conditions in years. Good times for sure. I had numerous deer sighting and at one point came barreling around a corner to a flock of several Wild Turkeys. I had the GoPro running so I did an abrupt stop and pointed the camera at the birds who are by now hauling ass for cover. Man, they can really move when they want to. In the video you can barely make out some moving objects off in the distance. They were only 50’ from me but GoPros suck for focusing on distance with definition.

A 360° rotation pre-ride to see what I was dealing with going in. The skies were ominous that day my friends. ;) < Seinfeld

https://www.pinkbike.com/video/502147/

And a short clip of some of the ride. The turkeys are in this one. At the end I stalled out in the mud.

https://www.pinkbike.com/video/502150/


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Nice. 8-)

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I’m puzzled by the date on the video beside that thanks for the post. Been quiet on here


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I know........was almost hearing crickets........... :lol:

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Yeah, we're a forum of riders, and it's spring/summer = silent times.

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I’m puzzled by the date on the video beside that thanks for the post. Been quiet on here


lol, I put the wrong date on it when I downloaded it yesterday. Thanks for pointing that out. I’ll have to edit that when I get to a proper device. For some reason I couldn’t do it on my cell phone just now. I must have been super tired after that ride with struggling through those conditions


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I kept rereading the post looking for a clue. Figured it was old guy brain fade again

FLT in Letchworth opens this weekend but it’s a feckin swamp so it’ll have to wait. Nice and green here now. Was over East in Sti’s area a couple weeks back and saw snow in the high ground. Crazy


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MiniTrail wrote:
I kept rereading the post looking for a clue. Figured it was old guy brain fade again

FLT in Letchworth opens this weekend but it’s a feckin swamp so it’ll have to wait. Nice and green here now. Was over East in Sti’s area a couple weeks back and saw snow in the high ground. Crazy


Hard to admit but yeah, old guy thing. Looking forward to some Letchworth Park photos soon. Don’t be shy about getting some photos of the gorge. ;)

BTW - I just edited the date.


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DJ, Thanks for posting. Looked nice and grippy until the end.


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