I went for a ride today, here are some pictures

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I went for a ride today, here are some pictures

After hearing about Camp Tamarancho since moving to the Bay Area I thought I would check it out. All in all, I wasn't disappointed. The trail feels a lot like I always imagined mountain biking in Marin would be. Relatively technical single track, lots of climbing or descending with old growth redwood trees thrown in for good measure. The only downside is the trail can be ridden at a moderate pace in about 75 minutes or at a fast pace in sub 60. Most quick riders ride the loop in both directions to make it worthwhile. Including the ride to and from my house it was 12 miles and 16-1700' of climbing. I think I can access the trail network from the fire roads behind my house which means I could make a 15-50+ mile loop with anywhere from 2500-10k+ climbing.

After climbing a 1.5 mile road then roughly 2 miles of single track you are dumped onto the side of a ridge with good views of Mt Tam

Further along the ridge

Riding in the trees along the "B-17" section of the trail

Taking a quick break to have a snack

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 17:43
Russell
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SO JELLY RIGHT NOW :<

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Americas turban

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 17:52
Ashes Dust
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I really love these type of threads.

The weather has been near perfect (averaged 68*) and even though I indulged rather heavily last night and woke up slightly hung over, I wanted to get out for a bit. Ended up riding to Skyline Gate and back down. Was able to match my PR for the ride, which I was surprised at.

All I have are these Instagram photos, sorry.




LOL. Stay right there. Imma go put some cones out. - Heath
edit2: dont GIS, i did, dont. NSFW - Miguel

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 18:36
tjayk
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i went skiing today. it was warm and snowy ~30F.

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 18:56
johnnyraja
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Gonna hit Dark Mountain and Overmountain Victory in the morning. Will take picz, maybe.

miguelaron wrote:
obese and unamerican
is your name Fat Albert Queda by any chance?

euclid wrote:
If you never open packages or slice fruit, is life really worth living?

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 19:15
feta lightning
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triple tarck century on the track bike. no pics, some flurries.

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 19:47
deadforkinglast
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Mr. Bear wrote:
After hearing about Camp Tamarancho since moving to the Bay Area I thought I would check it out. All in all, I wasn't disappointed. The trail feels a lot like I always imagined mountain biking in Marin would be. Relatively technical single track, lots of climbing or descending with old growth redwood trees thrown in for good measure. The only downside is the trail can be ridden at a moderate pace in about 75 minutes or at a fast pace in sub 60. Most quick riders ride the loop in both directions to make it worthwhile. Including the ride to and from my house it was 12 miles and 16-1700' of climbing. I think I can access the trail network from the fire roads behind my house which means I could make a 15-50+ mile loop with anywhere from 2500-10k+ climbing.

After climbing a 1.5 mile road then roughly 2 miles of single track you are dumped onto the side of a ridge with good views of Mt Tam

Further along the ridge

Riding in the trees along the "B-17" section of the trail

Taking a quick break to have a snack

TC: Never ridden in Tamarancho b/c my Santa Cruz friends told me it was boring. Now that I think about it, though, they don't like to climb and I do. I think I'm going to ride there on Thursday.

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 20:08
curiousincident
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looks fun enough to me. you west coasters have it so good in terms of mtb trails.

i wish i lived somewhere with more interesting topography.

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 21:22
teepz
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I rode to the art museum today. It was dark, windy as fuck, and mild.

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 21:23
anomaly

deadforkinglast wrote:
Mr. Bear wrote:
After hearing about Camp Tamarancho since moving to the Bay Area I thought I would check it out. All in all, I wasn't disappointed. The trail feels a lot like I always imagined mountain biking in Marin would be. Relatively technical single track, lots of climbing or descending with old growth redwood trees thrown in for good measure. The only downside is the trail can be ridden at a moderate pace in about 75 minutes or at a fast pace in sub 60. Most quick riders ride the loop in both directions to make it worthwhile. Including the ride to and from my house it was 12 miles and 16-1700' of climbing. I think I can access the trail network from the fire roads behind my house which means I could make a 15-50+ mile loop with anywhere from 2500-10k+ climbing.

After climbing a 1.5 mile road then roughly 2 miles of single track you are dumped onto the side of a ridge with good views of Mt Tam

TC: Never ridden in Tamarancho b/c my Santa Cruz friends told me it was boring. Now that I think about it, though, they don't like to climb and I do. I think I'm going to ride there on Thursday.

If you are used to Santa Cruz shuttle downhill then Tamarancho probably isn't for you.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 00:19
deadforkinglast
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I was always the guy climbing back up the downhill trails. Definitely the only one of my friends down there with a front derailer. I would jus climb back out and meet them at the top. I just can't bring myself to do the hike-a-bike thing if I can help it.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 01:11
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Sun, 02/13/2011 - 02:58
tjayk
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don't do it again... peein' in the water!

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 10:17
biek

y so many tubers?

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u mad bro?

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 11:20
Patch
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I just patched them is all.
edit: it's also an illusion. He's just peeing near the water. There's an invisible cliff and computer monitor down there.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 15:02
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Well, it was a nice day out in central PA, with claimed temps of 40 degrees, but it still felt closer to 32 with wind/no sun. At least the air didn't hurt the lungs any today.
View of the first climb going to attack.

Sweet, sweet water atop the second and longest climb of Black Mo.

Just a little snow still on the ground, melting a bit to make some of the descents a bit sketchy.

Can't wait for a few good rains to wash the small gravel off the roads to aid in less sketchy descents.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:36
anomaly

Beautiful 70 degree day so I got on the mountain bike again today.

The plan was to ride to the peak in the distance by the fire road network in Marin.

After descending part of the way down Bald Hill

The climb to the top of Bald Hill from my street is 2.1 miles and 1100' of climbing. I then descended the fire road, went around Phoenix Lake, climbed to Bon Tempe Lake, then went around Lake Lagunitas before finally starting my climb up Mt Tam.

The view from the top of Mt Tam

The descent from Tam was a 2100' drop in a few short miles. I had a few scary moments when I came flying into a rock garden at 20+mph and barely had time to unweight my front wheel, let alone wheelie.

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 19:48
johnnyraja
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A Ride Report

By johnnyraja

"Today will be a beautiful day to ride around Lake Brandt," I thought to myself upon waking. And boy, was I right. Sixty degrees and sunny, perfect weather to cirsumvrent our local reservoir system.

First I was like:

Then I was like:

Behold, the Kona A in its natural habitat: RAF (rooty as fuck) singletrack with lots of short, steep, rooty climbs and fast, rooty descents.

Just after I took this shot, I hit a tree cuz I was staring at a deer. DOE! Amirite?

About halfway through my ride I was shredding some gnar when, out of nowhere, a small child, maybe 4 or 5 years of age, stepped out from behind a tree and directly in front of me, in the middle of the trail, with his hand held up and out like he was Neo stopping a bullet. I slammed on my brakes and nearly went over the handlebars. Then the child just stared at me for about ten seconds, while I thought to myself, "your move, little champion."

Just then his dad popped out from around the bend behind him and was all, "Max, how many times do I have to tell you not to do that!" So, apparently, this kid is a trail-impeding recidivist.

But you know, seeing that child with his innocent little hand raised, telling me to stop, made me think that maybe I should stop for a moment to ponder the magnificence of nature.

"Nature: is it really that magnificent?"

"Totally, bro!"

Having reached a conclusion, I hopped back on my bike and shredded some more gnar. Just as I was getting ready to exit the trail, a group of about a dozen or so baggy shorted types were getting on. I moved to the side to let them pass, came to a stop, but was unable to unclip in time (cuz deadlegs) and instead fell directly in their path. "Who's the trail impeder now, eh johnnyraja," I thought to myself wistfully.

In conclusion, it was 37.7 miles of awesome dayness today.

miguelaron wrote:
obese and unamerican
is your name Fat Albert Queda by any chance?

euclid wrote:
If you never open packages or slice fruit, is life really worth living?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 15:06
dougtruck
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today i rode up in the west hills
i was thinkin to myself
"self, you are lucky you live in such an awesome place"
you shuld drink a chocolate milk to celebrate

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 20:58
littletinyfish
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johnnyraja wrote:
RAF (rooty as fuck)

johnnyraja wrote:
RAF (rooty as fuck)

johnnyraja wrote:
RAF (rooty as fuck)

this was a big deal a hundred years ago when everything sucked balls ---match avatar

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 23:39
username
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Soon, dear secret trail, soon...

...I will poach your sweet, willing curves.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:00
johnnyraja
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username wrote:
Soon, dear secret trail, soon...

...I will poach your sweet, willing curves.

Get me into riding with my dog. If he is already good at hiking off leash, is there much else I need to worry about?

Also, get me into that trail. Where is that thing? Middle Earth?

miguelaron wrote:
obese and unamerican
is your name Fat Albert Queda by any chance?

euclid wrote:
If you never open packages or slice fruit, is life really worth living?

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 16:06
bestdualsaws (not verified)

I sawed off my penis.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 20:41
username
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The dog is my brother's and she has hundreds if not thousands of miles of hiking/biking experience. She just runs along. You have to stop a lot and let dogs rest if it's a fast or long trail, of course.

The trail in those pics is about 30 or 40 miles, as the crow flies, from midtown Manhattan, In fact, from the hill tops you can see the Empire State Building sticking up like a middle finger in the distance saying, in an uncharacteristically calm and reassuring voice, "Hey you over there, suck it. I'm the muthah fuckin' Empire State Building."

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 22:12
Sneaky Viking
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north of manhattan? get me into riding secret trail with username?

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 22:48
username
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The pictured trail is illegal but it gets a few riders a week and is best ridden very early or very late in the day as in the summer there are a lot of blueberry/mushroom pickers and hikers due to the fact that it shares with the AT for a couple of miles. The area is called the Timp and you can find a lot of maps of the area, just beware of bitchy hikers and possibly rangers/tickets.

Legally, there is plenty of other riding in the area even closer to the city. If you like the look of the TImp, check out Mt. Beacon which has a couple thousand feet of vertical including dense forest, slick rock, sustained climbs rewarded by views like those above, and ridiculous single-track over stream crossings and rock beds, banked curves on wicked downhills and some old ruins too explore/eat lunch in. I think there are about 50+ miles of single track up there. Also, the trailhead/road access is next to a small town deli and there is a good Bike shop in town. I have barely explored this area only having hit the main trails.

Mt. Beacon, Beacon, NY

But my favorite NYC area and where I 'learned' is Blue Mt. Reservation in Peekskill, it is small but only a 30 minute drive from the Bronx:

Blue Mtn. Reservation, Peekskill, NY

On the other side of the Hudson there is also a place called The Holy Land which is a 7,000 acre park with 12 or so miles of marked trail and another 80+ of unmarked.

I am a proponent of Lower Hudson/NYC area mountain biking.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 16:16
DDYTDY
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Tue, 02/15/2011 - 16:55
lofarkas
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Ashes Dust wrote:
I really love these type of threads.

The weather has been near perfect (averaged 68*) and even though I indulged rather heavily last night and woke up slightly hung over, I wanted to get out for a bit. Ended up riding to Skyline Gate and back down. Was able to match my PR for the ride, which I was surprised at.

All I have are these Instagram photos, sorry.




Whoa, back off the colour saturation setting, man...

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 17:13
deadforkinglast
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username wrote:
The pictured trail is illegal but it gets a few riders a week and is best ridden very early or very late in the day as in the summer there are a lot of blueberry/mushroom pickers and hikers due to the fact that it shares with the AT for a couple of miles. The area is called the Timp and you can find a lot of maps of the area, just beware of bitchy hikers and possibly rangers/tickets.

Legally, there is plenty of other riding in the area even closer to the city. If you like the look of the TImp, check out Mt. Beacon which has a couple thousand feet of vertical including dense forest, slick rock, sustained climbs rewarded by views like those above, and ridiculous single-track over stream crossings and rock beds, banked curves on wicked downhills and some old ruins too explore/eat lunch in. I think there are about 50+ miles of single track up there. Also, the trailhead/road access is next to a small town deli and there is a good Bike shop in town. I have barely explored this area only having hit the main trails.

Mt. Beacon, Beacon, NY

But my favorite NYC area and where I 'learned' is Blue Mt. Reservation in Peekskill, it is small but only a 30 minute drive from the Bronx:

Blue Mtn. Reservation, Peekskill, NY

On the other side of the Hudson there is also a place called The Holy Land which is a 7,000 acre park with 12 or so miles of marked trail and another 80+ of unmarked.

I am a proponent of Lower Hudson/NYC area mountain biking.

Oh damn. These look ridiculously fun.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 17:27
curiousincident
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^ that. this thread is fuckin killing me.

that said, you make due with what you got. 30 slow and windy miles to pop 2011's cherry.

felt like cap'n america with the incidental getup coordination

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 20:02
johnnyraja
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curiousincident wrote:

Rather dashing moustache, sir.

miguelaron wrote:
obese and unamerican
is your name Fat Albert Queda by any chance?

euclid wrote:
If you never open packages or slice fruit, is life really worth living?

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 20:04
dougtruck
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lookin north towards the 'couve at some snow squalls
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Wed, 02/16/2011 - 20:22
Face
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of course this thread inspires me to go ride and its supposed to rain for the next couple days...

Mr. Pubes wrote:
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Thu, 02/17/2011 - 01:09
deadforkinglast
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Yeah, fucking rainstorms. Bring back the unseasonable heat!

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 13:25
jawn doe
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hopefully soon i get clearance from my surgeon to ride my bike on the road, i forget what moving when i pedal feels like
the other day i got SAF, put a fan in front of my trainer and closed my eyes. felt good man.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:51
Sneaky Viking
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username wrote:
The pictured trail is illegal but it gets a few riders a week and is best ridden very early or very late in the day as in the summer there are a lot of blueberry/mushroom pickers and hikers due to the fact that it shares with the AT for a couple of miles. The area is called the Timp and you can find a lot of maps of the area, just beware of bitchy hikers and possibly rangers/tickets.

Legally, there is plenty of other riding in the area even closer to the city. If you like the look of the TImp, check out Mt. Beacon which has a couple thousand feet of vertical including dense forest, slick rock, sustained climbs rewarded by views like those above, and ridiculous single-track over stream crossings and rock beds, banked curves on wicked downhills and some old ruins too explore/eat lunch in. I think there are about 50+ miles of single track up there. Also, the trailhead/road access is next to a small town deli and there is a good Bike shop in town. I have barely explored this area only having hit the main trails.

Mt. Beacon, Beacon, NY

But my favorite NYC area and where I 'learned' is Blue Mt. Reservation in Peekskill, it is small but only a 30 minute drive from the Bronx:

Blue Mtn. Reservation, Peekskill, NY

On the other side of the Hudson there is also a place called The Holy Land which is a 7,000 acre park with 12 or so miles of marked trail and another 80+ of unmarked.

I am a proponent of Lower Hudson/NYC area mountain biking.

the AT runs through CT right near me, but I feel bad about riding it.

Beacon looks sweet.

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 16:50
tjayk
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poach that shit in the dark w/headlight^

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 17:47
GoodEyeSniper
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this thread makes a guy who knows nothing about mountain biking, or mountain bikes, really want to start mountain biking.

Sun, 02/20/2011 - 18:14
johnnyraja
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Do it. It is so choice.

miguelaron wrote:
obese and unamerican
is your name Fat Albert Queda by any chance?

euclid wrote:
If you never open packages or slice fruit, is life really worth living?

Sun, 02/20/2011 - 18:27
DDYTDY
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Sun, 02/20/2011 - 18:30
DDYTDY
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johnnyraja wrote:
Do it. It is so choice.

Sun, 02/20/2011 - 18:31
GoodEyeSniper
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johnnyraja wrote:
Do it. It is so choice.

don't want to clog this thread up with newb questions, wasn't there a MTB thread somewhere?

Sun, 02/20/2011 - 20:58
johnnyraja
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miguelaron wrote:
obese and unamerican
is your name Fat Albert Queda by any chance?

euclid wrote:
If you never open packages or slice fruit, is life really worth living?

Sun, 02/20/2011 - 21:08
NoahGenda
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tjayk wrote:
poach that shit in the dark w/headlight^

Please do not poach the AT, I worked trail crew and lived right on the AT for a while and it is totes not for biking. There is way too much history and pain/suffering from volunteers/hikers for it to be rutted up in bike trails. Respectfully, find another option.

The best type of fit advice is internet fit advice.

Sun, 02/20/2011 - 23:29
username
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NoahGenda wrote:
Please do not poach the AT, I worked trail crew and lived right on the AT for a while and it is totes not for biking. There is way too much history and pain/suffering from volunteers/hikers for it to be rutted up in bike trails. Respectfully, find another option.

This could be said for any well maintained hiking / foot-traffic-only trail. I too have a history with the AT having hiked from Harper's Ferry to Katahdin back in '91 and numerous shorter hikes in the northeast that have, in some way, incorporated the trail from early childhood through my twenties.

Let me say that I don't actually condone poaching trails, the AT or any other. Then again, I don't claim to be perfect. There have been times when I have justified to myself the poaching of hiking trails, skiing out of bounds, and running low-head dams against both the law and my better judgement.

That is why I suggested some other great MTBing options in the same area as my original series of pics where I inadvisably alluded to poaching trails.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 16:48
Neil_240
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Went for a nice winter MTB ride, feels good. I live in the City and this trail system starts 5 blocks from my house and I was going to grab some more photos but I was have way to much fun riding on the small'tight packed down paths the runners and walkers have made over the winter. It was about -7c so I wasn't to hot or cold, but I couldn't stop for water for too long or I'd start to feel the cold.

Mon, 02/21/2011 - 18:12
dougtruck
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metro area got a dusting today. not very impressive by some standards, but at least it was pretty

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 14:09
deadforkinglast
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Fuck this thread makes me want to ride but rain x responsibilities collabo means not today.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 14:11
anomaly

I decided to go for a long mountain bike ride on Tuesday. I had hoped to make 60 miles but the climbing at the front end of the ride slowed me down so much that I had to cut it short at 30. It was a beautiful day to suffer on a bike.

About 1/3rd of the way up the second climb of the day, Rocky Ridge Fire Road. There is a 38% grade section of the trail, I hoped it would hit 40% but never saw it on my Garmin.

Romantic photo of the mountain bike

I took a wrong turn and descended a trail, luckily I was greeted with a pretty decent view

After continuing to climb for awhile longer I broke 2000' of elevation and arrived at Potrero Meadows where there was snow left over from last Saturday's snow storm. The snow was ~4" deep in the shade, which is super rare for Mt Tam.

I continued to climb and descend and climb and descend over and over again until I reached Ridgecrest and finally saw the ocean.

I took Ridgecrest into Bolinas Ridge and spent many miles riding through a redwood forest

After making it through the redwood forest I spent several miles riding through cow pastures

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Finally I descended into Point Reyes and hung out at Black Mountain Cycles for a couple hours while Mike worked on a Cunningham and a Steve Potts

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 00:20
Face
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deadforkinglast wrote:
Fuck this thread makes me want to ride but rain x responsibilities collabo means not today.

this

but only the rain part.

Mr. Pubes wrote:
i fear that you are so lost in your own asshole that you may never be found again. do you have a flare gun? send for help.

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 00:27
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Sat, 02/26/2011 - 00:42

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