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Old 01-30-2012, 05:22 PM   #1036
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Man oh man! It turned out to be even nicer today and I didn't have to work!


One good thing about the current state of the local economy is that it slowed the violent march of cookie cutter houses on cul de sacs.











This patch of woods will be long gone as soon as things pick up a little....the bitter/sweet reality of prosperity.











In case you were wondering.....I made good on yesterday's threat and dug an old thumper out of the shed.

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Old 01-30-2012, 05:36 PM   #1037
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When the main highway was widened not too long ago this RRs crossing was eliminated, a pretty good sign that it's been abandoned.











Inspired by RR explorer extraordinaire, our very own DeBandi....exploring here we go!











I wimped out and scouted the trestle on foot first.











Blue skies and muddy waters.











Looks like it's still in use.....by atvs.

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Old 01-30-2012, 05:44 PM   #1038
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It's a pretty long span crossing two creeks with an island in the middle....hitting a missing tie is exactly what I wouldn't have wanted to do!











What?















You wouldn't want to fall over the edge











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Old 01-30-2012, 05:49 PM   #1039
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Yikes. Did you jet over to Siberia today? Looks like the BAM road
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:58 PM   #1040
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I walked back to my bike and realized that I wasn't alone out there on the tracks today......











As it turned out these guys were hiding geo-caches.











They had some pretty neat tricks for hiding them too.











Here's another view of that one...it's magnetic, pretty tricky eh?











This one may be even trickier....it's a guard rail bolt....yep, there's 'cachers' out there unbolting guard rails!










The bolt itself has been machined out so it's hollow and the capsule can fit inside.












Here's what's inside the capsule. it's an internet game, much like our tag-o-ramas.

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Old 01-30-2012, 06:03 PM   #1041
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Yikes. Did you jet over to Siberia today? Looks like the BAM road
I actually thought the same thing.....that one in the BAM report was quite a bit longer though and above some very fast water!

I didn't even cross this one...figured I could go around to the next road crossing to see what's over there...
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:15 PM   #1042
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On the way to that trestle was a trail that crossed the tracks....decided to take a closer look at those next.























This one was easily wide enough to drive a truck down!











...but you'd have to test the depth of these holes with something that wide.











I explored several little side trails that got narrower and more overgrown before finally just disappearing.





















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Old 01-30-2012, 06:16 PM   #1043
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Very cool shots today. I'm not afraid of heights, but this made me queasy.

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Old 01-30-2012, 06:18 PM   #1044
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It's a whole network of trails crossing powerlines that have trails of their own.....





















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Old 01-30-2012, 06:27 PM   #1045
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Following that wide main trail crossed this new road, no buildings on it...yet but it probably won't be too much longer before all the woods is gone through here too.











It's hard to believe that this is all so close to my house and I'd never ridden any of it before!











But parts of it were wider than the 'roads' we were on in the mtns yesterday!











An unlocked and unmarked gate turned out to be just one of many access points.











Some of these just dead end at fences...I suspect they are used by hunters on atv, that's why i don't explore stuff like this 'in season'

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Old 01-30-2012, 06:33 PM   #1046
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Here you can see my tracks as I return on one of those aforementioned dead ends.











Playing in the mud is fun!











Well looky there....been riding around in circles!











Here's another perspective on the size of that trestle.











She's a dirty 'ol girl!

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Old 01-30-2012, 06:44 PM   #1047
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As if finding some new trails wasn't enough fun for the day....

....after going home and cleaning up this little one talked me into going out to dinner and doing a little sunset shed hunting along the way.





















We even bagged a windmill!!











Here's a couple that are still on the edge of usability?










Old but not falling apart, is that a better way to put it? If they are sitting empty it's usually not long before they're falling apart.

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Old 01-30-2012, 06:49 PM   #1048
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Time for dinner!












They make a 'Philly style' cheese steak from their award winning beef brisket! A big bowl of hush puppies while you wait and choose your side for just over six bux!



I'll be bloated til morning!
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:53 PM   #1049
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They had some pretty neat tricks for hiding them too.











Here's another view of that one...it's magnetic, pretty tricky eh?











This one may be even trickier....it's a guard rail bolt....yep, there's 'cachers' out there unbolting guard rails!










The bolt itself has been machined out so it's hollow and the capsule can fit inside.












Here's what's inside the capsule. it's an internet game, much like our tag-o-ramas.

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i belive they work way harder at thier game than we do
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:00 PM   #1050
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I didn't think any kind of ride would happen this weekend as the weather forecast was for cool and wet through Monday. But about noon Sunday this bright shiny appeared in the sky and things got so warm I almost broke a sweat just walking the dogs....but that may be more from being fat and out of shape ...maybe.


Seemed like an opportunity to get the pig out for a spin. I liked this road better before it was paved....the pig disagrees.











...but...no sooner than I got out on the road the clouds rolled back in....that's just plain
























It' always good for us old timers to get out for a little fresh air.
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