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yeah, this weather blows. Thanks for the great pics :thumbsup: Where the heck is "The Overlook Mt. Hotel?" That's really wild. Also where is "Stinky's Ride?" Great stuff.
 

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Catskill Cactus?

Hey, where the heck did you see that cactus? That moss looks a lot like the kind on the hills in my backyard in Hurley, right around where I've been working on a steep sketchy catwalk section that gets you up top. I've unfortunately had some problems with sections washing out though and have been looking into building some sort of retaining wall with rock, but thought that erosion prevention would be a more permanent solution and cactus would certainly grow well in this spot..

Also, are there any decent trails (read: singletrack) worth exploring on Overlook? I've only been up and down that bruising fireroad on foot and although it seems like there are some off-shoots up towards the top, I really would love to find a singletrack version that would climb up or around the way the fireroad winds up.
 

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The Hurley Mt. Hills

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That cactus is in my back yard IN HURLEY! I live on lucas ave. Where/who are you?
I live off of Hurley Mt. Road right on the Marbletown/Hurley line (its in my backyard) Lots of state land, deer stands, big hills and as far as I can see, untapped potential so I've been riding the existing trails up there and keep finding new places to explore. There is some private land the existing trails cross over so I don't want to start advertising this place as a destination, but you may know of some of the connectors off of Dug Hill Rd. In my efforts to re-define epic I keep dreaming of a day that I'll discover a carriage road/deer path (singletrack) that will lead me over towards the resovoir/28 and hook me up with Onteora and Jockey Hill, but I can't seem to find my way over in that direction past Dug Hill Rd.

So does that cactus grow naturally or was it planted?
cheers!
Mike B.
 

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My gf's mother lives on dug hill road. They told me there were trails out there, but I haven't had a chance to check it out yet. I have a stash over here too. A short singletrack that I built which leads to some atv stuff on a sympathetic neighbors property, which connects up with twin lakes resort( my landlords family:thumbsup: ) Which leads to some cool doubletrack, which leads to an un-named mtb heaven that is off limits but very poachable;) What kind of rider are you (fit racerboy/ weekend warrior/ freeriding-nutcase) ? I don't know how the cactus got there, but it seems happy.
 

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I think I may know of that un-named mtb heaven you mentioned that is off-limits but I can't say I have ever ridden there, only heard the stories. I've been trying to use the hill directly in the back of the house to whip my arse into some sort of biking shape, esp. if I want to do some rides that are more than 3 hours in the upcomming months but some mech. issues I'm dealing with have kept me off the bike for the last week. A broken chain and a mickey mouse designed Hayes resovoir plug have the bike down for now.... of course just as I was getting some regular rides in.

So to answer your question about what kind of rider I am, I'd say I'm not as fit as I once was but I certainly have the motivation to get back to that level and have been eye-balling some races for next year to be ready for... So its tough to pick a catagory you've got, I just don't go big off of any jumps or launching points, and tend to like the technical more than the endurance.
 

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Bonkler, if sometime between when you were the rider you was and the one you is now you never rode with Stinky and the http://www.fatsinthecats.comrest of them, you'd ought to meet them for the Tuesday night ride at the top of Jockey Hill (5:30). It will be enlightening! Im actually from Dutchess and call the 909 home, almost. I had hoped to research some history of the pictured cactii, but not yet...
 

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I'm not in that area but thanks for the pics! It's really raining right now too....
 

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Hey! Thanks for posting the pic of me and my bud at Blue Mtn. That was a fun although muddy/slick ride.
 

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Tue. Ride

Thanks for the invite!!!! I'm hoping to get over to Onteora in the coming week, I need to ride some "real" trails compared with the deer paths in the backyard... Hope y'all had fun as that afternoon was a rare break in this week's weather. After the holidays, I should be able to catch up with you guys for a ride or two over at Jockey Hill or Onteora.

Cheers!
 

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Ha nice pic I prolly saw you guys on the mountain I was there (at Hunter) for opening day I shot this vid, nothing special but i think its worth a watch. Im still trying to decide whether I like old hunter or their new freeride vibe better though.

 

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The pic's from the fine trail network up @ North Lake Campground looking NW past Haines Falls...They're skiing on the mountain in the background late November '05. North Lake's mt.bike friendly with nice facilities, and lake kayaking.
From your video I see they kept some features from the past Master of the Mountains course. Two years ago the Mt. was pushing mountain boards.
 

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Yeah alot of the mtns trails are still untouched but that nice flowing set of woods just below the end of trail 9 (roller coaster area) are all reworked and now have tons of burms and small freeride features.
 

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PEDALER845: do you hit the brewery trails in Hyde Park often. I live about 10 minutes from them, very nice trails.

Where is the picture of the Ulster Co. Cactus?
 
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