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Old 10-26-2011, 05:23 AM   #46
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Mark I was disappointed that I couldn't make this ride with you but now after reading your RR I am completly sick about it.

The family matters that had me held up are behind us now, on my way to Potosi on Saturday I got a call from Michelle that her Grandmother had passed at home. 91 and never spent a day in a nursing home, can't ask for more than that.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:35 AM   #47
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Mark, It was good to see you again. It's funny the last two time I have run into you where eating. Must be a full time job for you.
Im with you 40 bikes in the dirt/dust is no fun. I took two other guy's for a ride Saturday a little bit of a ghost town ride.
Keysville, Cookstation, and some other places that could soon turn into ghost towns.

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Old 10-26-2011, 06:34 AM   #48
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Harlow

BigDog - I crossed (SLOPPILY!) at Harlow 7 days after you were there. It was really really super double slick. But that north side road is worth the trip. It's rough enough and the crossing is bad enough that NOBODY goes down there. Made the crossing fine, but I'm not planning to do it again any time soon!

And that South Hillside, wow. it really looks worse than it did a year ago. Those broken topped trees from the wind storm really make a timber co look like the devil.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:34 AM   #49
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"My treasures do not clink together or glitter; they gleam in the sun and neigh in the night"....Arabian Proverb

l'm an early riser too, usually waking up by 5:30am. As I opened my eyes in the darkness, to the sounds of a distant neighing, I pondered these thoughts and watched a small headlight stumble about the calm blackness of the lodge from my vantage point. I could tell the Old Dog was packing up his things for departure, but I had other plans....one of those HF feelings. I wasn't getting in any hurry to leave. There was some unfinished business remaining here.

So, I gave myself a push and swung soothingly in the pre-dawn breeze...recollecting the good time we have had. Seems whenever I get to liking someone, they ain't around too long. If I could live my life over, I think I'd just go from moment to moment, and skip all the other stuff in-between.

Oh well, up and out....time to haul my jetboil over to the lodge and whip up some morning jo for my fine friend. Give him a proper send off and all that. While 'ol BigDog was headed off to find the entrance to hell, I was determined to get a better glimpse of Heaven, right here...

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Old 10-26-2011, 03:02 PM   #50
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Nice one boys I really like those ferry crossings and it looks like you guys hit the spot for a nice lodge. You guys there for the anvil blow?
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:21 PM   #51
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Nice one boys I really like those ferry crossings and it looks like you guys hit the spot for a nice lodge. You guys there for the anvil blow?
No-- we missed the anvil blow---I've seen it probably 20 times---but still enjoy it as good as the first time--it is awesome.

Me and Scott left the rally early Saturday morning.

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Old 10-26-2011, 06:40 PM   #52
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Holy Smokes, BD That's one mean looking hole in the ground....that Devil's Well.

I think you be a Bad Dog.....as in El Hombre mas Macho con Huevos....to go down in that abyss!

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Old 10-26-2011, 07:34 PM   #53
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"God forbid that I should go to any Heaven in which there are no horses"
(a letter to Theodore Roosevelt, 1917, by R. B. Cunninghame Graham)


Didn't take 'ol Studad and I very long to head out:








We went...




Over the river...








And through the woods...






To Grandmother's house we go...






The horse knows the way...






To carry...






the sleigh...






To wonderful clear rushing SPRINGS!






Of course that's how the song ends.....today! THIS was the unfinished business that BigDog left behind. Back in Potosi he coaxed me from my zombie-trance with the promise of a drink from the "fountain of youth". Our mission was to find a fresh water spring source point. Sounded interesting....I'd never done that. But our long day of hunting yielded only a handful dry-holes. I think maybe his maps came from an old musty whiskey bottle he purchased from a garage sale. But its just a hunch...

I'll admit, he did stir up a hankering in me to taste that fresh water right from the source. And Studad was just the trail scout I needed to sniff one out.





Got my drink....finally!




That there was some of the tastiest water what's ever wet my whistle!


This is the creek that flows out of the spring...




And next time I'm in these parts, I'll be stretching my hammock right here. But don't come a lookin, you'll never find it.

I asked Studad if this spring had a name.....and surprisingly it did not. Flows into the famous Jack Forks river, but has no name.

Hhhmmmm......well, we fixed that in short order. And now, I'm in the process of making a right proper sign to be posted on this location. I'll show a picture when I'm done with it. But here's what it will say:


STUPID DOG SPRING
BigDog Was Not Here


Just imagine this burned into fine oak to last another lifetime.

We rode miles and miles of this beautiful unmolested forest land....long into afternoon. I lost all sense of time....its habit forming.

More excitement to come...

HF

p.s. I just can't tell you how good the cookin was at Grandma's house. Ain't gonna do it.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:07 PM   #54
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Mighty purty pictures BD and HF! Keep 'em comin' HF
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:34 PM   #55
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Bd mia

Big Dog, you wanted to seek out running springs...I've got to say you missed out on a religious kind of Sunday morning.



But then things went South even before we took a left from West.
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:54 AM   #56
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Big Dog, you wanted to seek out running springs...I've got to say you missed out on a religious kind of Sunday morning.



But then things went South even before we took a left from West.
studad, when are you going back.. I'm in.. I would imagine that area will be crawling with deer hunters in a month or so.
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:19 AM   #57
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Next riding day

Beats me...I've got to figure out how I'm getting my bike home from Gateway without putting out the wife and chillerns too badly. Until then all my ride reports will be from an old f250 . We will do this again. I lease out less than half the farm and none of our riding was on any leased ground. So the hunters can deal with it, given the price.
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:19 AM   #58
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Aaaaahh yes.....the infamous "Where's BigDog?" photo. Little did we know (at the time) the neat stuff BD was smoking out on his own. I guess he's off the hook, since he also appears to have located a fresh spring. And, that Devi's Well is worth a few bonus points, I'll admit.



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things went South

Oh boy.....I hope that's code-speak, meaning those cornbread and beans are coming my way!

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Old 10-27-2011, 11:41 AM   #59
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Great report guys!! That is really beautiful country!!
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:19 PM   #60
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The last time I was at Devils Well I slipped going down those steep stairs. I was really glad I still had my Aerostich on. Didn't hurt at all.
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