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Old 03-03-2012, 09:43 PM   #91
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Here are some crappy photos from my cell: http://tinyurl.com/bbr2012
Including your "crash" ;)

That's no crash, Tom's bike just has narcolepsy!
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:41 AM   #92
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That's no crash, Tom's bike just has narcolepsy!
na he found a gold nugget and made it look like a crash
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:04 AM   #93
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Crash Time

If you'll take a close at the photo, you'll see that the time on my watch
shows 5 minutes to one! I never crash after one o'clock, so it was very
close to a non-crash day when I blew it! If that was a Trials section, I
would have scored 5 points against me! Dag-nab-it!

I do believe that there's a slightly better trail up and around the rocks as
a result, so it should get easier after a few more crash rides around the
gate. Either that, or Jonz should duplicate about 20 new keys from the
master gate key he (probably) still has!

Over and out!
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:54 PM   #94
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If you'll take a close at the photo, you'll see that the time on my watch
shows 5 minutes to one! I never crash after one o'clock, so it was very
close to a non-crash day when I blew it! If that was a Trials section, I
would have scored 5 points against me! Dag-nab-it!

I do believe that there's a slightly better trail up and around the rocks as
a result, so it should get easier after a few more crash rides around the
gate. Either that, or Jonz should duplicate about 20 new keys from the
master gate key he (probably) still has!

Over and out!
Ahh, that explains it. I didn't realize that it was BEFORE 1:00. I thought you saw a quarter on the ground or maybe a gold nugget like Kelly said.

And I agree, I think the only fair thing for Jonz to do in exchange for laying down on his duty and failing to lead the FFL is to loan us the gate key to make just a couple copies...!
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:07 PM   #95
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Desert Tortoise

Having seen a Desert Tortoise on our Bomb Run ride, I decided to look up some information
about them on Wikipedia.

That was only the 2nd Desert Tortoise I've seen in nearly 20 years
of riding in the Southern California deserts. He was dead center on the Bradshaw Trail, and
likely to have been run over by a 4 wheeler, so Don (1effiname) picked him up and removed
him off to the side of the road, in the direction that the tortoise looked like he was headed.

There are some photos of the tortoise previously on this thread, I think?

Here's what Wikipedia says about our tortoise friend and our actions:
The desert tortoise is a herbivore. Grasses form the bulk of its diet, but it also eats herbs, annual wildflowers, and new growth of cacti, as well as their fruit and flowers. Rocks and soil are also ingested, perhaps as a means of maintaining intestinal digestive bacteria as a source of supplementary calcium or other minerals. As with birds, stones may also function as gastroliths, enabling more efficient digestion of plant material in the stomach.

Much of the tortoise’s water intake comes from moisture in the grasses and wildflowers they consume in the spring. A large urinary bladder can store over forty percent of the tortoise's body weight in water, urea, uric acid and nitrogenous wastes. During very dry times they may give off waste as a white paste rather than a watery urine. During periods of adequate rainfall, they drink copiously from any pools they find, and eliminate solid urates. Adult tortoises can survive a year or more without access to water.

One defense mechanism the tortoise has when it is handled is to empty its bladder. This can leave the tortoise in a very vulnerable condition in dry areas, and they should never be alarmed, handled or picked up in the wild unless they are in imminent danger (like in a road). If they must be handled, and their bladder is emptied, then water should be provided in order to restore the fluid in their body.

So, it looks like the right thing was done by Don!

Whoo-Hoo!
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:10 PM   #96
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Great advice. I had a similar experience in Mojave Nat'l Preserve. In my 4Runner, I rolled right over one thinking it was a rock, then thought, hey, I think that was a tortoise. I stopped and walked back, and it was. I moved it off the road, but that was before I understood how careful one must be to first ascertain where the tortoise was heading and place it accordingly. Not sure I did. But at least I got it off the road. It didn't pee on me.
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:52 PM   #97
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Great advice. I had a similar experience in Mojave Nat'l Preserve. In my 4Runner, I rolled right over one thinking it was a rock, then thought, hey, I think that was a tortoise. I stopped and walked back, and it was. I moved it off the road, but that was before I understood how careful one must be to first ascertain where the tortoise was heading and place it accordingly. Not sure I did. But at least I got it off the road. It didn't pee on me.
I have several of your guidebooks and find them consistantly good stuff.

As far as tortoises, we have seen several around the Bradshaw. It's always a treat when we do. (we move 'em off the road if we find them there too)

I am not surprised that when asked, the general public "knows" that off road enthusiasts are the main danger to desert tortoises while actually it's ravens and respitory desease that claim most. I have never seen a dead one near a road but have found a number of shells far from any trails with no sign of shell damage.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:02 PM   #98
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by the way the 640 has been updated and no more franken pipe along with other fixes. I went way to low on the gearing and had fun not using first but now i hope to have found a happy spot. ILM (insidelinemoto) hooked me up and Tim and Matt know Ktms.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:29 PM   #99
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I'm so ready to ride other then a little heavier but I will wrk on that.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:02 PM   #100
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:47 PM   #101
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Hey guys I will get with Gearheart and advise on dates
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:55 PM   #102
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:06 PM   #103
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I rode Bradshaw all the way to the end yesterday then across the Colorado River, up the riverbank to the 10 then 15 to Wiley Well Rd, back up Bradshaw to Gas Line Road, back to to Chiriaco Summit.
236 mile loop, it was freakin' awesome.
Weather was crisp and clear as an be, Bradshaw and Wiley Well were both in excellent condition.
Just perfect conditions for a ride.

Only one shady moment when we went head on with 3 buggies hauling ass the other way. Lucky me, I was in front.

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Old 01-01-2013, 07:21 PM   #104
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Red Canyon Trail is a really fun offshoot from the Bradshaw Trail, and runs from the main trail up to Chiriaco Summit...
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:43 PM   #105
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Hmmmm, a Bombrun you say?

March is nice in the desert, what say you?

Maybe some ride'n 'round in the dirt, then wash it down with some roasted meat back at Headquarters?

OK, I'm in!

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