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Old 03-23-10, 10:31 AM   #1
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After work dirty ride - 3/22 (with pics)

I went for my first after work mountain bike ride for the year last night. It was a lovely cool afternoon so I decided to go to Almaden Quicksilver Park and do some climbing. I was in a picture taking mood and the camera on my Droid is actually pretty decent, so I took a few shots on my ride.

My trusty steed, ready to haul my butt ~1000ft up in a little under 2 miles.


About 1/2 way up the hill.


Where I'd come from.


Where I was going.


About 3/4 of the way up and another fork in the road. The trail I didn't take.


The trail I did take. Why do I always take the steeper one?


The lovely Almaden Valley.
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Poppies are out!


Finally made it to the top. You can kind of see downtown San Jose through the haze.


My bike made it too.


Just a little bit of single track out to the vista point.


Safely back down at the bottom and ready to go home. ~40 minutes up and 15 mintues to come down. lol


It takes a "special" kind of biker to get not one, but two greasy chain ring marks on the outside of the left leg. Perhaps next time I'll get one on a shoulder blade or behind an ear.


I had a great time. Might have to do it again Wednesday.
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cool pics
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Thank you for the beautiful photos, and a leg shot worthy of Claudette Colbert!
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Thank you for the beautiful photos, and a leg shot worthy of Claudette Colbert!
So you'd pick me up if I were hitch-hiking?
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Old 03-24-10, 09:23 AM   #6
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So you'd pick me up if I were hitch-hiking?
Not if you are carrying a rifle as you are in your avatar.
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Not if you are carrying a rifle as you are in your avatar.
Where's your sense of adventure?
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13 years ago I dated a woman who, after we broke up, stalked me and later phoned a bomb threat to my office. That was adventure enough for a lifetime.
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Fantastic. Thank you for the pics. it makes me happy to see your mtn bike gettin dirty I have beat the hell out of my Peace the past month. I am on a quest to ride as much single track as I can this year.

Keep postin the pics. I love em.
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Great pics...thank's for sharing. I am having an extreme bout of deja vu.

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13 years ago I dated a woman who, after we broke up, stalked me and later phoned a bomb threat to my office. That was adventure enough for a lifetime.
You live an interesting life, Neil. At least you didn't come home and find your pet bunny cooking on the stove.

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Fantastic. Thank you for the pics. it makes me happy to see your mtn bike gettin dirty I have beat the hell out of my Peace the past month. I am on a quest to ride as much single track as I can this year.

Keep postin the pics. I love em.
I think this will be the summer of the mountain bike for me. I'm taking a skills class for women the first weekend in May and going on a camping/biking trip at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in June. I'm very much looking forward to both. Pictures will be taken and shared.

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Thanks. Why deja vu? Are you local?
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You live an interesting life, Neil. At least you didn't come home and find your pet bunny cooking on the stove.
Almost. I made the mistake of dating someone who was on the rebound from a horrible experience of betrayal, abandonment, and probably abuse. She saw more in our one date than I did.
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great pics and love the leg shot bike is nice too - good luck with the next one
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Great pictures, great bike and a cool avatar. Are you related to Sarah Palin? hahahahahaha! I like the kitty with an AK.
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Thanks for the pics, the ride reminds me of some that we have around here. Unfortunately, the weather forecast is rain for the next week or so.
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