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Old 10-04-2009, 02:32 PM   #2101
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Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

Not the earliest start... but not bad. Wheels rolling 'round 8:20.



Today would take us from Plum Valley campground in Modoc NF, through another quagmire and re-route, up to rejoin the TAT in Ft. Bidwell, CA where we left off last May, fuel & provisions in Lakeview, OR, then northwest to camp again at Sandhill Crossing campground in the Freemont NF.

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Old 10-04-2009, 02:38 PM   #2102
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We were already

at 5600ft,



so we didn't have much more to climb to start getting some great views [didn't turn out so well, but Mt. Shasta was WAY in the distance]:

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Old 10-04-2009, 02:42 PM   #2103
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It's amazing

what a nice campfire, a fine bottle of wine, and a good night's rest can do for the spirit.

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Old 10-04-2009, 02:52 PM   #2104
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This was curious



Obsidian.

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Old 10-04-2009, 03:20 PM   #2105
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Graduation Day

"and it struck me soon after we emerged from this quagmire that at the top of that hill she had somehow graduated as an adventure rider."


This was such a wonderful and telling comment. Loved it. It aptly describes a feeling we've all had about ourselves or seen in someone else. I'll drink to that.

The primo story continues. Thanks
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Old 10-04-2009, 03:41 PM   #2106
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I thought it was going to be easy

Who'd have thunk?



We were following tracks I pulled off GpsXChange.com from Countdown's very own SMTS file he posted. Looking back on it now, there's a disclaimer that the route is for serious trail bikes. And it was first posted in 2005. And I'm not exactly sure how the tracks were generated... by actually riding the route, or by tracing it out on a computer.

In any case, like I said before, knowing (or at least thinking) that someone else had ridden the route we were on before can be a comfort... or a liability. I should have started to worry, when the road started looking like this... that we were entering.... [cue booming deep voice with lot's 'o reverb] "The Quagmire Zone"

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Old 10-04-2009, 04:14 PM   #2107
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Quagmire #2, Scenes 1 & 2

Set the location: Willow Creek. 5277ft. elevation. N41 51.638 W120 17.265

The problem:



The extent of the problem:

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Old 10-04-2009, 04:19 PM   #2108
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Quagmire #2, Scenes 3 & 4

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The plan:

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Quagmire #2, Scenes 5 & 6

Plan B go-around underway:



Plan B failed:

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Quagmire #2, Scenes 7 & 8

Plan C conceived:



Plan C Honeybee set-up:

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Quagmire #2, Scenes 9 & 10

Plan C... so far, so good:



Plan C, the Blueberry set-up:

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Quagmire #2, Scene 11

The Crisis:

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Quagmire #2, Scenes 12 & 13

The fight:



The surrender:

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Quagmire #2, Scenes 14 & 15

The retreat:



Epilogue:

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Quagmire #2, Stills, bloopers & out-takes











I KNEW this video thing was gonna save me a lot of typing!
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