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Old 2013-06-13, 01:17 AM   #16
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Rode Sandy Ridge yesterday, skied Timberline today, now in Corvallis, planning to ride Mcdonald Forest tomorrow, then heading Ashland to ride with Geoff. Send a PM if you can ride Corvallis.
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Old 2013-06-13, 01:55 AM   #17
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Hey Ben, thanks for coming up to ride! Had a blast and look forward to riding again sometime, hopefully Bert can come along.
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Old 2013-06-23, 03:46 AM   #18
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Well, we're back, it was a really looong trip, three weeks on the road, but well worth it.

Here's some stats:

Muni Days: 12
Topeka KS, Softball Field Trails with Karen, Oregon 29+
Grand Junction CO, The Ribbon with Aspen Mike, Oracle 29
Ogden UT, Shoreline Trail with Killian, Oregon 29+
Bellingham WA Munifest with "the crew", Oregon 29+/Oracle 29/Oracle 36
Sandy OR, Sandy Ridge Trails with Karen, Oregon 29+
Corvallis OR, Mary's Peak, Oregon 29+
Ashland OR with Nature Quack, Oracle 36/Oracle 29
Bend OR with Lance, Jason and Karen, Oracle 36/Oregon 29+/Oracle 36
Laramie WY, Happyjack Trails with Karen, Oracle 36

Ski Days: 2
Loveland Pass CO, Arapahoe Basin
Mt Hood OR, Timblerline

Hike Days: 2
Olympic National Park, WA
Elko NV, Anglel Lake

Rest Days/Drive Days: 6

Miles Driven: 7,950

Laundry: Once!

Longest time without changing clothes... a while

Favorite Trails:

Bellingham is amazing, steep stuff, so beautiful!
Grand Junction, crazy hot, awesome riding, who needs Moab!!
Bend trail system, so many choices, a must visit, the best 36er muni ever!!!
Happy Jack, a great trail system that is right off the Freeway, go ride it if you're passing by, it's like Bend and Grand Junction combined!!!!

Thanks so much to everyone who met me for a ride, it was awesome to ride with folks I new only from the forum, and to have such great trails, it makes me want to move...in fact that was part of our "trip work", to scout out places we can move to in Summer 2014

Drum roll.......

Number one: Bend, Oregon:
Great trails
Great skiing
Great weather
Good town, kinda touristy
Fair location, kinda isolated...

Number two: Bellingham, WA
Great trails
Great skiing
Great town
Great location, on the coast, near the montains, near Canada, far enough from Seattle that we can visit without being "annexed", what more can be said.
The weather, well, they say it's cloudy and rainy "sometimes"

Number three: Corvallis, OR
Good trails
No skiing, it's a drive, good be a deal killer...
Great town
Fair weather, about as rainy as where we live now.
Good location, central to a lot of good stuff, has a nice "Leave it to Beaver" kind of vibe.

Runner Ups: Ashland, Ogden, Durango, Klamath Falls

Biggest Surprises:
Bellingham, what a wonderful place!
Meeting and riding with Kris, he's the real deal!
My wife (Karen) still loves me after three weeks in a car

Biggest Disappointments:
Boise, ID, I had hopes of staying a while but it was way to friggin hot!!
The Seattle Megalopolis, dang people, ain't you ever heard about limits to growth??
Not being able to find decent camping
Sleeping in a Walmart parking lot in Elko because all of the hotel rooms were taken up by miners

Best part of coming home:
My bed and my pets

Pics to follow...
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Old 2013-08-25, 06:36 PM   #19
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Pictures from our Summer road trip:

First ride of the trip, behind the "softball fields", Topeka, KS



Riding with Aspen Mike, Grand Junction, CO




Looking back at where we started, far top left, looks like a wine glass, called The Ribbon Trail.


Cute little critter:


Pretty flower
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Old 2013-08-25, 06:38 PM   #20
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More pics from our Summer vacation:

Our "turn around point", Bellingham Munifest, WA




You all know the guy on the blue muni


Mary's Peak, near Corvallis, OR



Sandy Ridge Trails, West of Govt Camp


Bend, OR


The chicken points the way, go West!
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Old 2013-08-25, 11:34 PM   #21
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The ribbon looks awesome!
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Old 2013-08-26, 12:29 AM   #22
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The ribbon looks awesome!
Amen to that! It's definitely on my to-do list now. Grand Junction is just over 4 hours from here. Now, I just need a few more skills....

Thanks for the great pics, Ben.
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Old 2013-08-26, 12:37 AM   #23
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There are a ton of killer rides n the Grand Junction/Fruita area. The Ribbon was long and hot, probably did it a little late in the year, but up until the few days leading up to the ride it had been much cooler. The hike out from the canyon at the bottom of the Ribbon is long and mostly unrideable.

The trail on the "other side of the road" was awesome in it's own right, classic high desert riding, rocks, sand, steep in places, lots of drops, no shade, cool critters.

Any ride with Mike is guaranteed to be epic.
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Old 2013-08-26, 04:20 PM   #24
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More pics from our Summer vacation:
Thanks for sharing these!

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Are you certain that's a chicken? Looks like a flaming buzzard...
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