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Took the Tdub to NM this weekend to get some much needed trail riding in. Rode the Capitan Gap Road. This is the mountain range in Lincoln National Forest that burned in 1950 where Smokey the Bear was found. The road was rugged and climbed quick in some places. It was a great challenge for a newbie. I had a blast, learning is living! :D
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Great ride. Thank you for sharing the experience.


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Sounds like you are having some good adventures. I like the bear paw pic, Smokey must have been on your trail.
 

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Nice ride even though like many places up yonder here, fire area. Interesting it's also where Smokey Bear was found. I probably learned that in elementary school, but long forgotten on my part.

I'm always aware of the bear when I ride. Wolf's and moutain lions too! Them is some attention gettin' tracks! Thanks for sharing!
 

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Nice looking day for an adventure... nice pictures. And yes Admiral, "those is some attention gittin tracks"
 

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Always fun looking for tracks and trying to ID them. I even have a little book to help. Awhile back me and Joemama were riding in his area and we were seeing bear tracks everywhere....and yes I did see a bear zoom into the brush. I'm always on the look out for critters. Makes riding more fun.
 

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So Troll we hear you are good at harassment mitigation counseling, is a big stick advantageous when counseling bears?;)
 

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So Troll we hear you are good at harassment mitigation counseling, is a big stick advantageous when counseling bears?;)
don't know.... I wasn't brave enough to try.... The bear in the photo is very respectful and doesn't intrude on your space. The big stick has a sharp point for pitching salmon over the weir.
 

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Took me a week to figure out how to make pictures below 5mb limit. I wanted to share a picture of the bikes on this adventure. The trail 90 made the climb with us without any major problems. That's one tough little bike.
 

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Great pictures troll, hope you know I was just teasing.
Sp cache, so how did you figure out how to reduce photo file size below 5 mb limit? I still have difficulties with existing photos and have just commanded camera to take low resolution pics in future.
 

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Wow! Great Pictures! Is that near where you live or on an adventure, troll?
A friend and ridding buddy of mine manages and operates a fish weir in a very remote watershed. The weir is a carcass weir designed to catch the dead bodies of spawned out king salmon so that scale and ear bone samples can be taken. I was privileged to be invited in to the camp for a week. The bears are amazing and very tolerant of the three or four people working the weir. At any given time we would have 5 - 8 adult female grizzlies within sight, some with cubs. At times we had 700lb bears within feet of us. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. Two hour drive and a half hour helicopter ride from where I live.
 

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A friend and ridding buddy of mine manages and operates a fish weir in a very remote watershed. The weir is a carcass weir designed to catch the dead bodies of spawned out king salmon so that scale and ear bone samples can be taken. I was privileged to be invited in to the camp for a week. The bears are amazing and very tolerant of the three or four people working the weir. At any given time we would have 5 - 8 adult female grizzlies within sight, some with cubs. At times we had 700lb bears within feet of us. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. Two hour drive and a half hour helicopter ride from where I live.
Wow, that's amazing! Great post and history, thanks for sharing.
 

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I uploaded photos to Paintshop on windows. Saved and uploaded to forum. It dropped to 4.98mb not sure why, but it worked. :D
 
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