Friends in Low Places - Death Valley 2012

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Humunn, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Humunn

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    We darted from the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">hot springs</st1:place></st1:City>. The roads were wide open and fast. Reminds me of Baja. I poured the coals to the Citrus Mistress for miles. Thought I heard Darrin on my wing a few times so I wasn’t worried about the group getting out of shape.<o:p></o:p>
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    Stopped to take a break. No one anywhere to be seen. Shut the motor off. Couldn’t hear any motors either.<o:p></o:p>
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    Decided to keep moving, but to slow her down a bit.<o:p></o:p>
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    Several more miles I stop at a tight sweeper curve at the top of a hill. Perfect vantage point to look back on the road and spot them in the distance.<o:p></o:p>
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    So, I take a pee break, eat a power bar and even fix the directional turn hazard sign that was laying half over.<o:p></o:p>
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    I wait until they get closer then take off again. From here it is maybe a 15 mile cruise back to where the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Saline</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Valley</st1:placeType></st1:place> road intersects with the pavement. I’ll stop again there.<o:p></o:p>
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    …and take pictures.<o:p></o:p>
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    …and wait.<o:p></o:p>
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    …and look for stuff on the ground.<o:p></o:p>
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    …and smoke a cigar.:stoned<o:p></o:p>
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    …and start to worry.<o:p></o:p>
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    It had been 30 minutes at least and I knew they weren’t that far behind me. I had discovered that the 6.3 gallon Acerbis tank could not have been 6.3 as I went on reserve at 200 miles, about 3 miles before this intersection. Don and I had the conversation later that KTM sells the exact same tank but advertises it at 5.7 which appears to be more accurate.<o:p></o:p>
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    Plan B options start generating in my head but I don’t have enough fuel to run back too far and still make it to Panamint. <o:p></o:p>
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    I ponder…time passes…and then I see dust.<o:p></o:p>
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    Relieved.<o:p></o:p>
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    Turns out they had fuel issues also, particularly Darrin. For some reason his bike was consuming more than ours but we are all on basically the same bike. They had traded out fuel several times to make it back.<o:p></o:p>
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    The next few miles are a quick slab back to P Springs. 220 miles for the day.<o:p></o:p>
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    A congratulatory tequila toast to a great ride day. Notice our make shift shot glasses. :freaky<o:p></o:p>
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    Another night at P Springs. Heading out tomorrow to see some old mines, a cool miner’s cabin, <st1:City w:st="on">Goler</st1:City> <st1:State w:st="on">Wash</st1:State>, some DV single track :eek1, Furnace Creek and eventually Beat<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName>, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Nevada</st1:place></st1:State>. Stay tuned.<o:p></o:p>
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  2. JDRobin

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    yeah, but that would have cut into our beer and smoke time! :freaky:beer:johntm
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  3. Humunn

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    Next morning our plan is to ride south out of P Springs, pickup some single track I was told about over Manly Pass, curve back to the north and ride Ballarat, then south and west over Goler then north to Furnace Creek and finally NW up through Echo Canyon and then on in to Beat<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> over Secret Pass. Stay the night in Beat<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName>. 240 miles.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Us tent campers were hoping to leave our camp intact while we were gone but the camp host told us someone had reserved their favorite spot “14” and that we had to break camp before we left. This involved getting up at 5 again and scurrying to both prepare for the day and to pack and load our camping gear. Ugh.<o:p></o:p>
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    We leave camp around 8 and head south. The plan was to divert up a few canyons to see mines and miners cabins. Due to the number of miles ahead we opted to cut a few of these out.<o:p></o:p>
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    Dale seems to have his back brake fixed as we roll into a rocky canyon south of P Springs.<o:p></o:p>
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    Darrin is not doing so well this morning. A little green after too much beer :beerand that topper cigar last night. It would take the poor guy most of the day to work through his issue. :puke1<o:p></o:p>
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    We stopped at one of the mines along the way. What a tough way to earn a living. We talked a lot about how different things were then.<o:p></o:p>
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    Around the corner we find the miner’s cabin. Three guys were escaping their wives in their super nice jeeps for a week of off roading and man time. They invited me in to take a look around. Said this was a middle of the road cabin; some out there were in worse condition and others were Cadillacs. I thought this was pret<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> nice!<o:p></o:p>
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    After chatting a bit we continue south along the valley, cross <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Water</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Canyon</st1:placeType></st1:place> and then climb up into the hills.<o:p></o:p>
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    Further south, up in the hills. S<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName>lish, artsy photo of Dale.<o:p></o:p>
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    From here we continue south along a single track route toward <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Manly</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Pass.</st1:placeType></st1:place> This is the last picture I took until after the ST but captured some of it on head cam and will post as soon as Darrin downloads.<o:p></o:p>
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  4. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    Death Valley single track.

    I don’t have the GoPro video footage of the ST yet. In fact, I don’t have any pics of it either. But here’s a word or two on the experience. Most of it was a lot of fun and challenging, but there were a few places that made me nervous, real nervous.

    One stretch in particular had me a tad wadded up. It was a narrow, rocky decline on a 30 plus degree side hill. On a smaller/less loaded down bike it would have been fine but I was piloting my 450, full of gas and loaded with gear. Now the other guys were doing the same but I am inseam challenged and all I could think about was tipping the bike’s center of gravity the wrong way (down the hill). By the time my low side foot could reach the ground there would be no way to keep the bike from tumbling down the hill. Just no room for error!

    We drop down of the mountain and cross paths with an off road jeep caravan. We are en route to Goler and decided it would be better to be in front rather than behind them.

    We are first up Goler wash. It’s a challenging little step up.

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    And here’s Dan, the last one up, with the jeepsters watching…

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    Continuing east up Goler.

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    Most of the places we’ve been in DV so far have been desolate. Desolate of water, desolate of animals and desolate of people.

    Not Goler.

    In addition to the jeepsters behind us we (almost literally) run into a couple guys heading west down Goler and then later we find ourselves in the midst of an off road bee hive. There are people and rigs everywhere.

    This is a classic here. Dad is trying to negotiate his family SUV up a rock face while the kid hangs out the window waving at us. Don’t think he was strapped in either. To the mall next?

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    Drop down into Butte Valley, still heading east to Side Road (then on to Furnace Creek).

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    Another 15 miles or so we take a stop at the Warm Springs Ranch.

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    Must have been quite the place back in the day.

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    Stream flowed through the property.

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    From here we drop down to Side Road, take a left and head north. After bouncing our way down off of the mountain this long flat high speeder was a welcome sight!

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    Miles up the road, BigHo making dust.

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    Stopped to take a break. Being from the PNW I assumed this would be soft gooey wetland kind of terrain like we are used to.

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    Nope, it was crystallized and hard as rock. Actually, probably dangerous to walk on w/o boots.

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    At this point we are 266 feet below sea level. Watching the GPS as we rode through here I recall a reading of maybe a few feet more.

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    Up next, break time in Furnace Creek…
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  5. Harp_63

    Harp_63 Just Ride

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    I know I am a little slow getting items in the ride report but I have a few pictures I figured I should add. Here is a water crossing that was a little tricky since it was just after a tight left going downhill. You were breaking so hard you ended up going through the water a little slow… Greg decides to improve the picture opportunity by going back through the water in the picture.
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    Finally, enough speed for the picture…
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    This is looking back at the start of Lippincott Pass. Without the back brake I was a little concerned starting up this after watching videos of other riders not making this on YouTube. I need to quit watching YouTube as people make stuff look harder than it really is…
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    Further up Lippincott. I think that is Robin making the turn.
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  6. Harp_63

    Harp_63 Just Ride

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    [FONT=&quot]As Greg was mentioning, on the single track which was quite challenging he is a little inseam challenged. I was riding right behind him and noticed when he did think about stabbing the ground with his foot it was about 2” short. I actually turned to Robin and said right now I am thanking god for long legs. Here Greg is still riding in front of me.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Looking back from the same vantage point as the previous picture.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I felt a little better on this trail at a higher speed… momentum is your friend. So I slipped by Greg and continued on. Capturing these photos looking back at the guys.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]We finally break out of the single track are headed down into the valley. Notice here that Don and I are checking our GPS’s because it appears we are off the route we have… Greg suggests following the road down and that the route is just off the road a little.
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    [FONT=&quot]Once we get to the valley floor he fesses up that the single track continued on and I had missed the turn, which he had seen earlier. I guess the pucker factor had gotten enough of him.[/FONT]
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  7. HH

    HH Dahlonega GA Supporter

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    Brilliant, I love it :clap
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    Harp_63 Just Ride

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    [FONT=&quot]Once we get to the valley floor he fesses up that the single track continued on and I had missed the turn, which he had seen earlier. I guess the pucker factor had gotten enough of him.[/FONT][/QUOTE]

    I forgot to mention that Darrin is still looking a little green here...:puke2 The facial expression makes me laugh each time I look at this picture. :rofl
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    Harp_63 Just Ride

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    [FONT=&quot]We head for Goler Wash and as mentioned we are trying to stay in front of the jeep caravan. We had been playing leap frog with this caravan and I think they were getting tired of us passing them. Passed them once and decided we went the wrong way turned around and met them again… they gave us a little advice and we turned back around and we were out in front again. Decided after riding for a while to stop for a snack, we took too long and they were on us again. We hurry and take off only to head the wrong way to a dead end then we double back… Damn, behind them again. Some of the drivers are not too eager to let us by (can’t say I blame them). We finally get around and come to the step-up. I blast up the step-up and want to keep motor ‘in so we don’t affect this caravan for the 4<sup>th</sup> time. I take this picture while watching the MC gang working their way up the step-up.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]High Speed road coming out of Warm Spring Canyon… I don’t think anyone was obeying the speed limit. We are like horses headed to the barn once we know Furnace Creek is getting close.[/FONT]

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  10. Humunn

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  11. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer Supporter

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    Absolutely excellent report gents! The picture of the truck with so much gear bulging out of the back that you had to use a cargo net and this...

    Cracked me up!
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  12. Humunn

    Humunn Agent Provocateur

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    All part of the adventure!!!


    We learned to say that well, and often!

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  13. Humunn

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    The forecast for the last day is a bit sketchy. Hoping not to get rained on too much but we are prepared just in case. Riding in the spring in DV is somewhat of a challenge attire-wise. It can be 80 plus degrees in the valley and below freezing at elevation.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    What I didn’t realize, until we were riding west out of Rhyolite, is that there are several of these ruins. They looked like some of the pictures of bombed buildings you see from WW II. And there were several of them. I didn’t stop to take a pic but wondered what this place must have been like during boom times.<o:p></o:p>
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  14. Humunn

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    Further on our way through Titus we had some fun with the three GoPros Darrin brought with him. I was in the lead wearing one filming backward while he was in the back filming forward. No dust and we were in tight formation through the narrow and curvy canyon.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    But then, around one of the corners were a bunch of touristas standing there like deer in the headlights. Was not expecting to see that. Still have a visual of “dad” putting his hands out to his side communicating to the others in his group to stand back, this could be dangerous, but that he was in control. :eek1<o:p></o:p>
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    Hopefully we didn’t freak them out too much, especially the last lady who was heading for cover in a shallow cave! We did get a good laugh out of that! :lol3<o:p></o:p>
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    Here’s the exit of the canyon. You can see the tourist parking lot…and the nas<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> weather rolling in.<o:p></o:p>
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    From here we roll out to the pavement, head south then back east toward Beat<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName> where we cut off meander to Chloride. Were told this was a must see…that the views were incredible.<o:p></o:p>
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    The weather was nas<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName>, blowing and spitting, but no dust and the riding to Chloride was good.<o:p></o:p>
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    Riding east off of Chloride we pick up on some fast gravel. Eventually we turn south and are on a portion of race course. Reminded me a lot of Baja. Think it might be part of Vegas to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Reno</st1:place></st1:City> course but not sure.<o:p></o:p>
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    I didn’t take any photos between here and P Springs but wish we had. There were 40 plus mph winds with gusts from the south blowing sand across our direction of travel. Looked like snow drifts. Did the best I could to shield my face from the sand blasting but could still feel sand being blown into my goggles. We rode at a 60 degree angle for most of this stretch. Still heading west we pass through Stove Pipe and begin a 5,000 foot ascent over the pass. We talked about it later how none of us could pull 6<SUP>th</SUP> gear with the headwind and steep incline. But what was worse was the temperature change. On the valley floor we were at 80 degrees; in the pass I am guessing less than 40, with a severe headwind.<o:p></o:p>
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    What’s next? 3 days in mid-May out of Fields, <st1:State w:st="on">Oregon</st1:State> to <st1:City w:st="on">Silver Ci<st1:personName w:st="on">ty</st1:personName></st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Idaho</st1:State> and <st1:place w:st="on">Northern Nevada</st1:place>! :clap<o:p></o:p>
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  15. Sedro Tom

    Sedro Tom No hurry, no worry Supporter

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    Great stuff!! :clap:clap
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  16. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Thanks for the fun ride report! Enjoyed it a bunch.
    Nice sense of humor! :D

    Wait - don't check it off, entirely!
    If you ever go back to DV, you guys have to ride the Swansea Grade - Cerro Gordo loop. It feels like Oregon...

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    it's very un-Death Valley-ish. I thought I was over DV, but Swansea Grade was really nice.

    Also, there's still that Playboy magazine - it's waiting for you guys in South Park Canyon! :deal
    Take wachs with you...:evil
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  17. Humunn

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    Cerro Gordo...yes! That was part of our original plan on "day 0" but we decided to rehydrate instead of ride :wink:. I was on the hunt for the mag also but we cut that section out when we realized there was no way to make 250 miles before midnight! And I didn't need to reinforce my reputation!

    Next time I see Dave I'll bend his ear. Maybe they will name their next bag the "Cerro Gordo"?!!!
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  18. BigHo

    BigHo Adventurer

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    Which reputation are you referring to?:moon
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  19. modeselector

    modeselector Common as muck

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    Great report fellas :clap
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  20. Humunn

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    BOTH OF THEM! :lol3
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