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I'm really liking the ebike, I doubt after my current efforts to purchase some land I'll be getting one any time soon.  I'll have to diet, eat less KFC chicken and start eating more vegetables to get the old ticker in good shape to power my bike along, no battery power for me.

I explored a lot of gold country today, so much ground looked very inviting.  I was thinking if I got some of these and forced myself to use headphones I could go where no detector has ever gone before 🙂

https://www.guncity.com/sightmark-ghost-hunter-night-vision-goggle-kit-1x24-346784

That looks a nice location, good shallow bedrock and no junk, my dream 🙂

Very sad about Rubi 😞

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sorry to hear of your friends and your loss of a loved one .

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My condolences JW, and congrats on yet another successful detecting mission. Gotta love those old spots that just keep on giving.🙂

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Very sad to read about the passing of your friend Rubi, our condolences to you and all family and friends. 😢

 

cheers dave

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