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Went riding with a few friends today: another 90 miles clocked, about 80% offroad. Plenty of rocks, plenty of mud, plenty of skidder trails converted for ATV use. A bit light on pictures, though, because I spent the day riding, not operating a camera




First picture stop: an abandoned ski hill.. looking down from the top:





Apparently there was a lodge, lift, and tree mounted lighting cans up there at one time; very little left now. Just some concrete piers, cut off power feed wires, and some dented up lighting cans in the trees:







Obligatory poser shot of the three rides at the top:







I told them they'd get their training wheels off someday...




Now a large gap where we were just riding to a completely different area on some nasty muddy logging trails. Stopping to inspect the route and figure out where we were going:











After we decided to head up that large slightly muddy and very rutted out hill, we made it quite a ways and found out that we were going the wrrooonnnggg way. Here's my buddy Travis checking *google maps* (yeah, he managed to pick up 3G service waaay out in the woods).







We figured out where we were, and light was failing, I felt rather battered and bruised from the punishing few miles of logging trails. We decided to turn around and backtrack by quite a ways, through this type of thing (pretty mild spot, really):







While we were lost and wandering back out, we ran into these nice folks, which happened to be friends and conveniently, they knew exactly where we were trying to go ...and going there, themselves.







We followed them a ways until we happened upon territory that I was familiar with, and then carried on our way to play the load-the-4wheelers in the dark game. I just hopped on mine and rode it home




Good ride, good day, beautiful weather.. however, my endurance is probably not what it should be for rides like this, and though nothing at all went wrong, I'm sore and will be moreso tomorrow! Bedtime.
 

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90 miles, and most off-road is a pretty serious day long adventure. I imagine the ride home in the dark was a bit chilly. Thanks for the pictures. Gerry
 

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Sure looks like a fun place to ride. Doesn't look to busy either. Is that a lake or pond in the picture your trying to figure out where you're at? Showing the old ski hill reminded me of an old abandoned ski hill I'm gonna try to find this year. Got to wait for the snow to melt first. Thanks for sharing.
 

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The water in that picture is actually the Racquette River, same one operose was taking pictures of in his recent dam thread. In fact, I believe we were on the opposing bank, and right across from the road he was on. Let's say yesterday we found a few "missing link" kind of trails, connecting a lot of riding we've done in the past.
 

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A few bonus pictures stolen from someone else's camera!



First up, before we hit the logging trails, me up on the ski hill:







Next, me crossing the swamp that gets drained once every few years. You can see the remains of a corduroy road that was built up across it (repeatedly). It was a major PITA to pick a good line that didn't find me dropping into a rut or tire sized hole on this one.. almost made it across without putting my foot down.. almost




 

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looks like fun ride. nice to ride with some friends so they can help pull you out if you get stuck.
 

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It's not a rotopax, admittedly, its the Kolpin 1.5gal with the "generic mount". I had it mounted on the side pannier style, but didn't like the feel of the weight on the side, and didn't like how heavy my frame turned out, so I ditched it and built another custom mount (which I didn't think would be strong enough) that turned out working really well. I absolutely pounded that mount with the kolpin full of fuel on this ride.



For what its worth: about $55 total for the kolpin, generic mount, and the aluminum flat stock. Already had a few bolts laying around in the garage; I just bent it up in the vice with a hammer.
 

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Looks like a great day!



I've got the 2-gallon rotopax, Small's. It fits great flat on the cyclerack, and hasn't leaked yet.
 
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