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    First time in several weeks I've left work before 7 or 7;30 (I'm in by 5 - 5:30) so why not take my favorite commute way home?



    If you look close, you can see the Memorial Hwy, and if you look really close you can see the service road cutoff.





    Chief Abella is buried here. One of the last Chiefs before the tribe adopted the Council form of leadership. Pretty neat resting spot! Those buildings in the background is where I work.





    Hummmmm, guess I won't be taking the favorite way home. Gonna have to come back here with a saw . . . too bad, this little trail eventually just fades away at a narley creek crossing and then a short jaunt through the trees puts you back on another trail. Very neat ride. Got some work to do!





    Time to look close again, anyone see the freakin' hazard that just about ended my nice plesent ride?





    Continued below . . .
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    Here's a pic from the top of the same little hill, from here, you don't even have to look close! I didn't see this thing until about 5 feet away . . . press down, catch the rebound with the clutch and throttle and sail over it with the front end up . . . then stop and clean out the shorts . . .





    After choking on dust for about five miles, I came across this mudhole, no worries, I've been here before!! Right, took the center and it was nearly 18inches deep. . . when will I learn.





    Did my best to sling her clean but it was tough. Managed to keep under power and get all the way through, then romped up the road aways to clear some of the mud. Had to stop and dig it out of the chain guard though.





    Then found these girls/young'uns busy filling the lane with recycled vegetation, so spent about an hour easing them a mile or so back west.





    Have a few more crappy phone pics, but PB keeps kicking me off, so I'm gonna close this and head to bed.

    It was nice to get a couple hours in, on the bike today! Hope all ya'll got some riding in too.



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    Good report. That is an adventure that would be best shared with a friend cause it looked like a long walk out if the mud hole had got ya.



    Happy Trails All



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    BOY, that 'big hole' maneuver suggests your riding skills and reflexes are still real sharp. I fear I would have let it swallow my front wheel and then done a 'header' over the bars. Man, was that some sort of 'sink hole'or did someone with poor judgement and a backhoe have some extra time on there hands?

    It appears you have a nice little case on the rear fender that doubles as a license plate bracket. If I am correct, what is it that you carry in there. Neat idea.



    Nice after work adventure, but that hole, yikes!. Thanks, Gerry
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    looks like fun! very wide open looking area. Thanks for the pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgizmow View Post
    BOY, that 'big hole' maneuver suggests your riding skills and reflexes are still real sharp. I fear I would have let it swallow my front wheel and then done a 'header' over the bars. Man, was that some sort of 'sink hole'or did someone with poor judgement and a backhoe have some extra time on there hands?

    It appears you have a nice little case on the rear fender that doubles as a license plate bracket. If I am correct, what is it that you carry in there. Neat idea.



    Nice after work adventure, but that hole, yikes!. Thanks, Gerry


    Gerry, trust me, it was a close shave with that berm. The biggest issue was I was gawking around instead of keeping as close of an eye out as I should have been. I have to assume they are getting ready to do some logging, and it looks to me like they cut several of those across the face of that little hill, (but in the middle of the road?!? ) presumably to control water run off. (Our soil is pretty thin and poor here, and it won't stand up to hard rain). For example, Saturday we got an inch of rain and two inches of hail in 15 minutes! The effect of that rain was very obvious while riding around yesterday, terrible errosion.



    Sure would have been nice if they had marked that! The angle of the sun and the shadows made it tough to see. I actually didn't see the berm, I saw the shadow behind it . . .



    The box behind my plate used to be a firstaid box mounted in my work truck. It's nice because it has a rubber seal under the lid. I just mounted it back where the plate was, then attached the plate to the lid with rivits backed with rubber washers. It works out pretty well and adds some 'free' storage to the bike. I keep a pretty well equipped First Aid kit in there. Durning the Reservation Ron Dee Voo, Rainman told me it really bounces around . . . I checked the mounts looking for fatigue but didn't see any sign of stress. The kit doesn't weigh much, and fills the box enough that it doesn't vibrate inside the box, which I would think would help.



    I am going to have to have a work day and clear up several trail area's back there, between storm damaged trees and erosion, several of those trails are pretty bad.



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    Confusion say: May who always have nose to grindstone.....soon have flat face! Just kidding. Those are long hours you've been working, I'm glad you were able to get our for a ride. Glad also you didn't get swallowed by the mudhole or bushwacked by the berm. Thanks for sharing with us.
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    I've often thought of carrying a small saw with me when I encounter those smaller tree's. Problem is, it's always an afterthought and not a before-thought! giggle. Looks like a pretty darn nice ride home after a days work. Can't complain about that! Good fun with the TW.



    Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral View Post
    I've often thought of carrying a small saw with me when I encounter those smaller tree's. Problem is, it's always an afterthought and not a before-thought! giggle. Looks like a pretty darn nice ride home after a days work. Can't complain about that! Good fun with the TW.



    Thanks for sharing.
    makes me think of

    last year my dad and i were riding in mendocino national forest and came to a couple of trees dropped across the trail.



    it was a long 20 miles back, including a couple of rough sections that my dad wasn't up to redo.... we managed to scout out a route off trail, around the roadblocks, which took nearly 30 min to get both bikes 100 yds. for xmas i gave my dad a chain saw with pull handles. packs small, and would cut a decent size tree.
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