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  1. #126
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    I almost ran over this guy on Sunday at Rancho BlancoClick image for larger version. 

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  2. #127
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    Quote Originally Posted by rudy View Post
    I almost ran over this guy on Sunday at Rancho BlancoClick image for larger version. 

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    How the fuck did you get that picture?

  3. #128
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    Quote Originally Posted by toastybroski View Post
    How the fuck did you get that picture?
    With a camera?
    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    All ye punterz! Leave thine stupid heavy skis in the past, or at least in the resort category, for the age of lightweight pussy sticks is upon us! Behold! Keep up with the randocommandos on their carbon blades of shortness! Break thine tibias into spiral splinters with pintech extravagance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalated View Post
    With a camera?

    .......carefully
    Besides the comet that killed the dinosaurs nothing has destroyed a species faster than entitled white people.-ajp

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalated View Post
    With a camera?
    It looks like he's right over it and close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toastybroski View Post
    Has there been an increase in rattlesnakes lately? I didn't see many at the beginning of the year and have consistently seen one for my last 4 rides. I saw three at marshal mesa/dowdy yesterday and one was massive and rattling super loudly. Iv'e been walking my dogs for years and never once worried about it but the second I started biking they're everywhere.
    I seem to recall somewhere reading that the spring we had was *VERY* good for rodent populations, and as a result... good year for snakes.

    But I only vaguely recall reading this... and it may have been some other year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toastybroski View Post
    How the fuck did you get that picture?
    Hopefully from behind a tree up on a rock with zoom.

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    No snakes today, but Hall Ranch was pretty perfect. A little dry on the middle section, but Nelson and the rock garden were primo.


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    Quote Originally Posted by toastybroski View Post
    How the fuck did you get that picture?
    I was close but not uncomfortably close. Speaking of Hall Ranch I ran into (over) this little guy 2 weeks ago Click image for larger version. 

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    Not sleeping. Dead?

    Those little ones can fuck you up too


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    I'm starting to think the snakes should be more afraid of rudy than the other way around.
    Besides the comet that killed the dinosaurs nothing has destroyed a species faster than entitled white people.-ajp

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    Front Range Trail Conditions

    Iím no herpetologist, but it just dawned on me that with the bigger daily swings in temperature, these cold blooded, rodent plumped, rattley fuckers are spending more time in open places like trails during the day to maximize their sun exposure and warming - thatís why everybody is seeing more of them.
    Also, wet springs are good for bugs and greenery and thatís good for rodents, which is good for snakes. Big snakes need more solar energy to warm up.


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    Valid points, but across 25 years of trail riding I hadn’t seen one till a couple years ago, and now I’ve seen a few. Something is changing.

  14. #139
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    🤷🏼♂️ Iíve been riding the front range on and off for 20 years, I have always seen snakes, especially in early and late rides when they are sunning


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    Quote Originally Posted by joetron View Post
    Not sleeping. Dead?

    Those little ones can fuck you up too


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    Agreed but he was already dead before I ran him over.

    see a few rattlesnakes every year and those were the only ones I saw this year. I don't think anything is changing, just the time of the year that they're soaking up the dwindling sunlight.

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    Well then I guess I better throw some tourniquets in the pack eh?

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    Or just some anti-venom

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    I carry a squirrel in each pocket

    https://www.squirrelsatthefeeder.com...attack-snakes/
    Besides the comet that killed the dinosaurs nothing has destroyed a species faster than entitled white people.-ajp

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    Still muddy after that little snow blast in the eastern foothills?

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    Hall, Dakota and LH were all great this week. I plan on checking out Bobcat Ridge this afternoon, too.


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    Interesting , thanks. Still snow in my front yard.

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    Any beta on Soapstone? Was hoping to get a good long xc ride in before winter closes in. I feel like I might have missed the window but figured I'd check before they shut it down come December.

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    Looking for a suggestion for a 1.5 - 2 hr SS ride near Loveland. Gonna run up and visit my daughter at UNC-Greeley this week and am bringing the bike, but I'm unfamiliar with the area. I've heard of Devil's Backbone, but no idea if there's a better alternative. Don't necessarily need flow, but I'm also old and don't want to suffer & push too much. Thx!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NuMexJoe View Post
    Looking for a suggestion for a 1.5 - 2 hr SS ride near Loveland. Gonna run up and visit my daughter at UNC-Greeley this week and am bringing the bike, but I'm unfamiliar with the area. I've heard of Devil's Backbone, but no idea if there's a better alternative. Don't necessarily need flow, but I'm also old and don't want to suffer & push too much. Thx!
    Park at the Blue Sky TH, I think it's actually in Ft. Collins but it's basically north Loveland. From there, ride south on Blue Sky into the Devil's Backbone trail system. I'd hit Indian Summer and ride it south-bound, go to the "top" of Devil's Backbone (where Blue Sky "ends"), turn around and then ride Indian Summer north-bound back to where you started. I believe it's around 15-16 miles and has plenty of punchy climbs and fun descents.

    Here's the link on MTBP that shows most of the ride: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/340...-indian-summer

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    Just what I was looking for; thanks for the recommendation, Steve! I'll be heading out there Tuesday AM. Cold start and a balmy (for November) finish, per the forecast.

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