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Old 05-08-2011, 04:48 PM   #496
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I was thinking the black dog was going to be later for some reason but nope it's right on schedule and just around the corner. Finally got around to sending in my registration. Sounds like Tom is going to have to improvise with some lower elevation tracks this year.
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Old 05-08-2011, 05:20 PM   #497
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:04 PM   #498
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What a great time!! Thanks Craig and TourPros for taking me out in the HOOD!! Was perfect weather for a good ride.

TourPros and Marti, thanks for being such gracious hosts as usual. Food was great, beverages were cold and the company the BEST!!

AppleJam was good seeing you Friday night, your Orange beast should be ready to go the next time I'm down and we will get a good ride in.

Thanks again all for a great weekend!!!



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Went for a nice little 74 mile ride with TTDave & TourPros. Great fun was had by all and we even got TourPros to stop for a couple photo op's!

This is before the ride and TTDave (Thor) was tuning up his bike! Notice his tool of choice...
He said it was for his brakes.

Out on the power lines Rd by the Ketchum Ranch.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:27 AM   #499
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No flower pic's from speed ride this weekend but!

It's kind of funny but as we were zooming around on our ride this weekend I kept seeing wildflowers that have been popping up as of late and thinking "that would be a great flower shot for Ladybug!" as we went buy at 50+ So I just thought I'd just go trolling and throw a couple from the orchard up as "Bug bait" and see what we catch!


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Old 05-09-2011, 08:49 AM   #500
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If your not spraying today and feel like a quick ride I though the house coming back into town with all the pretty colors would have been an awsome shot for Ladybug. So I am trying to change my ways of just and gonna make a point to start stopping to smell the flowers or at least take a pic here and there
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:40 AM   #501
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If your not spraying today and feel like a quick ride I though the house coming back into town with all the pretty colors would have been an awsome shot for Ladybug. So I am trying to change my ways of just and gonna make a point to start stopping to smell the flowers or at least take a pic here and there
Would love to go for a ride but after goofing off all weekend I'm playing catch up with a few things around the orchard plus my son has a Lacrosse game in PDX this afternoon that I'm going to.

As for "changing your ways" don't do for anyone else other than yourself! Life is too short and of all people you should know that.... I thought you just went fast due to that air cooled engine of yours! Now if you had one of those new fangled water cooled thingies you would be set!

All joking aside, flowers do smell gooood, sometimes! And come to think of it that would make one hell of a photo, you smellien flowers!

Maybe Yoga to?!

Okay, I'm going back to work!
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:27 AM   #502
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I'm a bit late with this one, but Craig's post near Ketcum Ranch prompted me to get going with it.

A week ago Saturday I spent an evening by the campfire at dvwalker's property outside Mosier.
He's up pretty high in the hills, watching Mt. Adams sneak over the mountains beyond.



It was an ideal camping evening with calm, clear skies and a very nice view from dv's "campspot" of the the Mosier Valley and the Columbia Gorge below us.



Ideal until the night. Clear out here this time of year means COLD. Really cold.
Went to bed listening to the sprayers, coating the orchard on a calm cool night, and woke up to fans, trying to keep the orchards a couple of degree warmer.

In the morning we took a walk around some of the trails he's built, and watched deer and wild turkeys getting their breakfasts.
There's lots of deer here.

When the sun turned warm, we headed up Vensel Rd to Ketchum.
Ketchum Rd runs at the top of the ridge between Mosier Creek Valley and Mill Creek Valley, outside The Dalles.
It is one of the few gravel-less roads in our area, but on top, it stays fairly dry and hard packed.




There's a few puddles here and there, ready for my water-fording ride of the day, the Mighty Shadow !!

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Old 05-10-2011, 06:51 AM   #503
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We rode Ketchum until we got the the edge of the Mt Hood NF, where an open gate marks the beginning of the nasty pit-run rocky section.

Any of you Black Dog riders from last year will remember this section.
I skipped it on the Shadow, and turned around here.

On the way back down the ridge, you pass cattle fields of grassy meadows,
Big views of Mt. Adams to the North....




And views of Mt. Hood to the South....



While pausing here, scoping in the scenery, I spot...daffodils?
Not being a wildflower, it was curiuos why they were here, on this meadowtop, sharing this view with me today.

Walking out to them, I notice they are in a fairly tight bunch.
They have the good views of Adams and Hood, too






Upon closer inspection, I see that they are arranged in a pattern,
a classic Smiley Face !!



Cool, flowers for the cows, to remind them to smile


Well, this ride was short, but this day was too nice to slab quickly home, so the long way over Old Dalles Rd was in order.

Maxaccelleration? Here's that bridge again.




On the Hood River side of the North end of Surveyor's Ridge,
I had to stop at this view of the lower HR Valley, looking towards Hood




I don't think it'll matter how long I live here, and how many pictures I take of that mountain.
I'll never stop gawking in awe at the sight of it.
Thanks for helping me enjoy it, on that beautiful sunny Sunday, on the last weekend of April.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:27 AM   #504
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Sure does seem like they're taking their sweet-ass time with your KTM. What gives?
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:27 PM   #505
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Sure does seem like they're taking their sweet-ass time with your KTM. What gives?





Got a big ride planned to the Oly Nat Park this weekend, too.........
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:28 PM   #506
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Sure does seem like they're taking their sweet-ass time with your KTM. What gives?

Oh they are probably waiting on a back ordered specialty machine screw that holds half the bike together, requires a KTM factory technician only wrench and costs about $4500.00


It is a KTM after all
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:33 PM   #507
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Oh they are probably waiting on a back ordered specialty machine screw that holds half the bike together, requires a KTM factory technician only wrench and costs about $4500.00


It is a KTM after all
The screw costs 57c
The specialty tool costs $4500.00
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:35 PM   #508
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So.......

What'r ya doin' right now....TP?
It's an awefully nice day in the Hood, today........
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:26 PM   #509
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So.......

What'r ya doin' right now....TP?
It's an awefully nice day in the Hood, today........
Dont want to upset anyone but I just woke up from a nap
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:30 PM   #510
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So.......

What'r ya doin' right now....TP?
It's an awefully nice day in the Hood, today........
Hey AJ, Are you Shadowing it this weekend? Boy that's no fun....
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