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Old 03-17-2012, 05:02 PM   #1231
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Sorry meant middlemarch pass...we just got back now. I check the thread and then left about 10 mins before you posted.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:18 AM   #1232
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no worries, my plans changed 3 times that day. first didnt have time to ride, then had time, then suddenly didnt have time...grrr
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:22 AM   #1233
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Rode out to gate 7 on the backside of huachucas on sunday, forest service bulldozed the road. bad news for me but some of the bigger bikes should be able to make it all the way back with no real issues...also looks like bp is putting more loose rock on montezuma canyon road..
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:17 PM   #1234
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The LORDS work...............

I woke up this morning intending to go to work. The more I thought about it, the easier it was to make the call. I knew it would be a piddily ass day and I could hardly justify burning the diesel to be productive for a few hours. It was 21 degrees this morning in Saint David, so I let it warm up for a few hours. I had not been over Middlemarch pass this season, and seeing the snow on the rocks in the Dragoons I headed that way.























I worked my way to the West Stronghold road, which the %$&&** Forest circus has just ran a grader down, not only flattening but widening it also
So I headed on up to the pass. My destination was Soren pass, after riding across Middlemarch pass I turned off on the Soren spur, I noticed one set of tire tracks going in and thought I might see a Jeep. A half mile in I round a corner and find a new Dodge pickup with a strap rigged to a 250# boulder under the rear diff. I stopped, an elderly gentleman was in the front passenger seat. He got out, I asked him if he needed help, obviously he did. He told me he had been there since the afternoon before. He thought he was on the main road.. I told him I would help him, it took me almost an hour to get the boulder winched out from underneath the truck, the next task was getting the truck out of the hole that the rear wheel was buried in, a bit of digging, placing rocks and a little driving skill and I had the truck free. The next problem was that the rear tire maybe had five or six lbs. of air in it. He said he had no jack or fix a flat, so I broke out the bicycle pump and a few thousand strokes later the tire had at least 15lbs, enough to get him on his way. He said he was just about to turn 80 years old and that I "saved his bacon" he offered me cash which I refused! Ends up we have mutual friends in Saint David. He thought he was done and even wrote a few last words on a note pad ending with GOD BLESS AMERICA.

I continued up towards Soren pass and found what I was looking for!















It was reassuring knowing that rock was underneath the white stuff and not icepack like I will be dealing with in a month from now in the Rockies.









This hill is a little slippery when dry, Trials tires do very well in snow.










Testament of the freezing winds we had yesterday!

















On top of the pass I realized how much time I spent in rescue mode, so I boogied back to cook a birthday dinner por mi Madre


Another great day living a good life!

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Old 03-21-2012, 08:43 AM   #1235
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Fantastic pics Dawg! And nice job saving someone's Grandpa!
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:09 PM   #1236
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Looking to ride over Montezuma pass this Saturday morning. Just gonna do a loop around the Huachucas and back to SV. Can meet at Valley View Elem if anyone is interested. Flexible on time, but earlier works better.
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:09 PM   #1237
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dang, i got to work on saturday...everyone else is going riding...lightfighter off to silver city, cushman taking the montezuma run...maybe next saturday I can ride...
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:08 PM   #1238
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If someone is riding elsewhere, I'm not set on Monty Pass...I just can't ride the whole day...honey-do list is too long. Couple/three hours is okay.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:47 PM   #1239
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If someone is riding elsewhere, I'm not set on Monty Pass...I just can't ride the whole day...honey-do list is too long. Couple/three hours is okay.
I have too much stuff going on this weekend... and the cow is still sick (one after another, now it's injectors), and the duck hasn't finished getting angrified.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:02 PM   #1240
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Pulse Check

Anyone riding?
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:05 AM   #1241
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no riding here...

I'm thinking about doing the steering bearings on my airhead.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:00 PM   #1242
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Pulse is pounding............

With high winds predicted for today, and knowing the direction it normally blows, I headed for one of my favorite canyons.









The desert is greening up, must be time for me to head north soon!









In between rocks like this.....









And sweet sand with no tracks like this.............









This guy could be waiting for you!








Judging by the tail, I think it was a Blacktail rattler.








Pushing up the canyon I really enjoyed the solitude.








I had not rode beyond the rocks behind the bike in the past.









More awesome canyon.









And more awesome riding.









The good stuff was relentless!









And I mean GOOD STUFF!!!












































This ledge stopped the show for today.


















So I turned around.......









On my merry way and I come up on this guy.









The second Gila Monster I've seen on a ride in less than a week.


















Back to work!!!



























Orange.....









On orange!









Some gnarly stuff.








Finishing up on some nice two track.








As much as I enjoy the Sonoran desert, I am itching for a summer of mountain singletrack!

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Old 04-02-2012, 07:15 AM   #1243
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This ledge stopped the show for today.
I think I see a line up that, let's do it next time!
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:04 AM   #1244
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has anyone here got a slide hammer and a bearing puller for a outer race with an inside diameter of 1.65 inches(42mm)?

its the lower bearing on the steering stem of an airhead. and please dont say "just tap it out from above"... cuz you can't. there is no straight line access and very little engagement area
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:50 PM   #1245
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has anyone here got a slide hammer and a bearing puller for a outer race with an inside diameter of 1.65 inches(42mm)?

its the lower bearing on the steering stem of an airhead. and please dont say "just tap it out from above"... cuz you can't. there is no straight line access and very little engagement area
If you can't get a sharp punch to bite you will have a hard time getting a puller to grab the race. I have at times welded a piece across the outer race so I had something to drive the race out.
Don't forget to grind two notches in the frame, inside the steering head, when you have the race out so it will be easy next time. Airheads should be kept running for as long as fossil fuels are still available .
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