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  1. Skookum

    Skookum bikey's is cool

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    The PNW is losing Jr. Bullit, she's going to be with her bo in Canada, so to celebrate she requested a last hurrah ride. i decided to lead the ride and Oly and Meghan Black jumped on the list. i'd been a few trails of the suggested trail ride that we were about to engage in, not all the trails however. But on the map the others "looked" fun.... :p aaaah the trusting monkies following the blind.
    Lucky for all of us it turned out to be a great time.

    Blue Lake Butte to Blue Lake-Yozoo-Hamiltone Peak-Hamilton Buttes w/shuttle assist
    18 miles
    2300 feet climbing 5400 feet descending

    Gettin up and waiting to carpool at the butt crack of dawn. :dancing:



    Blue Lake Butte to Blue Lake/Connector Trail/Bishop Ridge
    Jr. Bullit descending off of Blue Lake Buttes



    Time for fun at Blue Lake, Meghan always tryin to catch air. :dancing:



    Exodus of tadpoles at Blue Lake.



    We probably could have stayed at the Lake forever, but it was time to pedal on to Yozoo Trail. Meghan pedaling a long harsh mostly hike a bike ascent.



    Climbin up the steep stuff i would up slipping into a rut and plopping on my side. i heard something rustling in the brush, i go to grab it, and lo and behold who do i find? The papa of all them tadpoles at the lake "Pimp Frog Daddy".



    Meghan was powerless to resist his charm.



    Yozoo Trail
    Talk about tough jobs.... We ran into some Forest Service Rangers on dirt bikes at the Yozoo Trail junction. Great couple of guys, we yapped around for quite a while. i found it completely hilarious one Ranger spent the whole time feasting on huckleberries. What a hard life.... :D



    i'd spied Yozoo on a ride a few weeks back, and it turned out to be everything i expected and more.



    a rump shot for Biggins.(if he's back from quitting that is) :D



    Meghan again with Mt. Rainier



    And yet another Meghan shot. The views were epic, but the trail was killer too. i did a nice digger in the high side of the lower trail, the trail let you know who's boss.



    The trail also killed a few tubes as well. Stubbornly we worked on fixing Meghans tire to keep her on the trail. 6 patches later she was still goin strong.



    Hamilton Peak/Hamilton Butte Trail
    Jr. Bullit and her bo Steve decided to call it a little early so me Oly and Meghan pressed on to get the last section of downhill off of Hamilton Butte Trail. They missed out on an incredible descent and panorama. But they didn't miss out on the harsh hike a bike climb up to the Peak. i was so tired i left my bike on the trail to press on, and Meghan told me i sucked. i told her she hated on me now, but she'd love me later. i was hoping i was right.

    PANORAMA

    i was right....



    THE QUEST FOR TACOS!



    Oly rippin Hamilton Buttes with Mt. Adams in the background.



    Still a little sore at us for missin the great descent, but still i believe we sent off Jr. Bullit to Canada with a smile. A big Mexi feast to end the day. Good times, good times......

     

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  2. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    awesome photos and recap Skooks! You guys certainly do live and get to ride in some beautiful country! Wow!
     
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    stosh Darth Bailer

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    :drool: at everything..............
     
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    douglas Chocolate Milk Doug

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    sweet
     
  5. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    im definately in the wrong state
     
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    rpk1988 90210

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    Awesome pictures man. That scenery is awesome!!!
     
  7. Rockland

    Rockland Turbo Monkey

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    Oh crap!
     
  8. Heidi

    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

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    Damn you all, I'd have loved to come - pics look great!
     
  9. TN

    TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

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    frikkin sweetness, man. Your pics rocked, especially the one with Megan descending with the pointy peak in the background.
     
  10. robdamanii

    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    Beautiful vistas....wish I could do that kind of thing.
     
  11. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    Nice way to do a Send off !

    me jealous
     
  12. Joe Pozer

    Joe Pozer Mullet Head

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    Great pics Skookum...Makes me want to skip out of work and jump on the bike.
     
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    Konabumm Konaboner

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    I would love / dream / kill to ride somewhere like that.

    WOW
     
  14. Acadian

    Acadian Born Again Newbie

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    + 10 to that...

    WOW...*in a day dreaming state*
     
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    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    Waaaaaaaiiiiiiiit a second. There is a limit to how many american women we can bring back with us. I'm calling Customs Canada.... I'll put a stop to this.
     
  16. oly

    oly skin cooker for the hive

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    That was so much work, but well worth it. I thought of throwing in the towel many times, but am glad I didnt (I did a 2 run shuttle day on the Shore the day before so I was worked!) . It was great riding with the crew in such an awesome area. Next time, more sleep and rest the day before so I dont hike everything......
     
  17. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    absolute awesomenicity!
     
  18. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Skooks - that trip report kicks all *kinds* of ass! :thumb:
     
  19. TreeSaw

    TreeSaw Mama Monkey

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    Wow!!! You have some completely amazing trails out there. What an awesome send-off for Jr.Bullit!!! Great recap & pics.
     
  20. Ciaran

    Ciaran Fear my banana

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    :stupid:

    I seriously live in the wrong place. You all have some B-E-A-Utiful riding up there.

    Skookum, you have longer hair then me! You hippie! ;)
     
  21. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Pssst. The cost of living is lower than CA too. ;)
     
  22. oly

    oly skin cooker for the hive

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    But it rains alot... In fact that was the only sunny day we have had in the PNW in like 40 years.... Might as well unpack the SUV's and take the stuff back into your $500,000 1500 sq ft homes... HAHA.
     
  23. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Nice try. :eviltongu

    I know what your guys' summers are like. :thumb:
     
  24. ioscope

    ioscope Turbo Monkey

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    Oly's not kidding. Dust only exists inside our houses. It rains so much. You get fat and pale in the winter, there are no hot girls, and the mexican food sucks. There's no In-n-out or anything! Please save yourselves by staying down there!
     
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    Nice pictures of a nice ride, I'm jealous (and that frog's a toad)...
     
  26. Megan Black

    Megan Black I rocked whistler in a mini skirt and f$@* me boot

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    ...that toad totally slipped me the tongue


    thanks for an AWESOME ride, skooks! it was ~epic~ in every way :p

    yes, yes, it's true i had some, er...well thoughts of...okay, yeah, i wanted to kill you on the way up but the downhill brought all the :heart: back and then some. you kick arse!

    hey oly, feeling any "effects" from the fresh mountain water?? ;)
     
  27. Megan Black

    Megan Black I rocked whistler in a mini skirt and f$@* me boot

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    oh and JB, it was really great seeing you guys again. good luck in BC, let's try to hook up for some XC up there sometime!
     
  28. stosh

    stosh Darth Bailer

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    You are alive.........
     
  29. McGRP01

    McGRP01 beer and bikes

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    Great pics and recap as usual Skooks!!! :thumb:
     
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    Magnificent!
     
  31. Ciaran

    Ciaran Fear my banana

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    Noooooooo!!!!! Don't say that! Everytime you say something like that it shortens the time I have left in California. Not that that's a bad thing.

    No sun? All rain? Oh man! Sounds like paradise to me!!!! (I love the rain. I HATE the sun)

    Oh man oh man... I could care less about dust (It makes the house look like an old library :thumb: )... I love rain... I am fat already so that doesn't matter. I am darker/browner than Sanjay... At my pale-est I am still more tanned than a pro surfer in hawaii. I am getting married, so I have my own hot girl... I make my own mexican food better then ANY restaraunt (learned from my mexican grandmother)... and I can make a better burger then In N Out...

    I better save myself by going up there. Dang! Let's see... If I can quit my job and live off of the leather business within 2 years, contact the SCA groups up there, and then just wait for the GF to finish her teaching credential we can invade, I mean move up there within 2, maybe 3 years max. :D

    Lookout Skookum. I am formulating a plan. :evil: You're going to have a new hippy neighbor. Muahahahahaha!!!!!!
     
  32. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    That's just two, maybe 3 years closer to death you'll be. I'd suggest moving *now*...... :p
     
  33. derekpearson

    derekpearson Monkey

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    wow skookes, i had no idea such a place existed around here. That almost beats cap forest :eek:
     
  34. Skookum

    Skookum bikey's is cool

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    Thanks for the feedback, it actually takes a bit of work to assemble a thread like this, and even though it's partly enjoyable to share, it's also appreciated knowing that people are diggin it.
    Ciaran... move on up and lets ride brother....
    Any of you Oregon California folk need some help gettin the 411 on some epic stuff around here, feel free to pm. That's what this forum is all about, sharin the goods.
    DerekPearson i've threatened to get you out in the "real" sticks many times, can you imagine a "real" photographer doin his thing out on these rides? But even if you don't wanna take peekshores you always have an invite man.
    JonnyB.... i don't care if that is a toad, his name remains "Pimp Frog Daddy". :D

    This was yet another awesome ride for me, sharing the experience of riding with good people and discovering, recognizing, and being enriched by all the experiences within the day. i'm glad i can share just a smidge and i'm encouraged to hear that it's inspiring people to wanna ride. It's a good thing.
     
  35. Snacks

    Snacks Turbo Monkey

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    Looks like a great ride. Maybe next year :thumb:
     
  36. Skookum

    Skookum bikey's is cool

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    You know it! :thumb: You got dibs, and who knows maybe we'll have another late summer..... :think: :)
     
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    Snacks Turbo Monkey

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    God, I hope so....that is the only think keeping my spirts up :nuts:
     
  38. Skookum

    Skookum bikey's is cool

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    Oh by the way, from the panorama shot you can see 4 Cascade Range Volcanoes. From the left looking Northwest you start out with the obvious Mt. Rainier, then panning to the South you see Mt. Adams. To the right hidden in the clouds and barely visible is Mt. Hood to the right of the butte. Then panning to see Mt. St. Helens roundly protruding up to the Southeast, just as Oly and Meghan come into view.
     
  39. Jr_Bullit

    Jr_Bullit I'm sooo teenie weenie!!!

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    Hey Skooks! Thanks for a totally awesome ride! :) I don't post as much as I should these days, work and play just get in the way of the monkey, but the ride was a blast! Total bummer I bonked, Steve and I were both totally jealous of missing the descent.

    The pics are awesome too! Megan - you best be keepin in touch once I'm up North so we can go scout around for some decent XC trails. I'll be comin south at least once a month anyways to visit family and of course ride the "home" trails. :)

    5 weeks and counting - my bike gear goes this weekend...then we're off and gone for 5 months. :D :thumb:

    Oh and Mmmike...why you no want us hot american gals up in Canadia?
     
  40. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    The only answear I can think of is , he must be gay.