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Yardstick 11-18-2012 08:15 AM

AZ - Prerunning the Annual Coke Ovens Ride & Being Chased by RZR's
 
We are approaching what has become an annual tradition in the Phoenix area: The Saturday after Thanksgiving Coke Ovens Ride! This year will be the fourth or fifth annual ride! Because the area gets hit with storms every year and there are lots of groups using the trail, it's always good to do a pre-run to check for major changes, like washouts or other blockages.

The prerun crew:
4play - KTM 600
Slowred - CRF450X
Wild Bill Kelso - KTM 530
Yardstick - KTM 530
RWAZ - the Big RZR
Jersey Dave & his son Brandon - Two Seat RZR

Wild Bill ran out ahead while the rest of us mounted up.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_01.jpg


We did our recon in the "normal" direction. Heading into Telegraph Canyon.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_02.jpg


Slowred is just back from a broken collarbone and this is a rough trail. He was confident early on with a stand-up wheelie after the shutter clicked on this pic.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_03.jpg


I was curious about an alternate route to Ajax Mine. It's fun and fast but there was a little confusion in this spot.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_04.jpg


At the "Temple of Doom" part of the Ajax site.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_05.jpg


Turning south at Mineral Mountain Rd. to head toward Box Canyon.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_06.jpg

Yardstick 11-18-2012 08:19 AM

There's a slight detour with a fun obstacle on the way:
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_07.jpg

When RWAZ is behind you, don't fall! And don't slow down!
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_08.jpg


http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_09.jpg


http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_10.jpg


Box Canyon is ahead, but we're taking a left toward Martinez Canyon.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_11.jpg


http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_12.jpg

Yardstick 11-18-2012 08:24 AM

Wild Bill arriving in style.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_13.jpg


Jersey Dave & Son
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_14.jpg


Hang on TIGHT, you're going for a RIDE!
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_15.jpg


Short break.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_16.jpg


The play hills. RWAZ came flying down this one like there weren't 2-foot deep holes in his way.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_17.jpg


No problem with this hill full of ledges either.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_18.jpg

Yardstick 11-18-2012 08:34 AM

Getting closer to the Coke Ovens, this hill can be tricky, up or down.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_19.jpg


Wild Bill Kelso demonstrates the proper eject procedure.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_20.jpg


And the safe way down if you're not sure of your balance on the rocks.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_21.jpg


RZR's have it pretty easy as long as the line is wide enough.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_22.jpg


Wild Bill does the inseam challenged rock dance.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_23.jpg


http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_24.jpg


And the "Faaack, another one?" look.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_25.jpg


They look more threatening than they are.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_26.jpg


http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_27.jpg


If you hear scraping noises behind you, it's probably a RZR on this kind of obstacle.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_28.jpg

Yardstick 11-18-2012 08:44 AM

Jersey Dave & Son still having a good time.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_29.jpg


At the Coke Ovens.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_30.jpg


4play keeping tabs on the group. That's a scary combination, KTM 600 with TerrorFlex rear tire.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_31.jpg


Slowred and RWAZ waiting on the rest.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_32.jpg


4play had a bonus loop mapped out. I didn't have the map and found the end of this trail.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_33.jpg


There's a little connector there, but the penalty for failure is a long trip down the side of the mountain.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_34.jpg

Yardstick 11-18-2012 08:51 AM

We found a part of the AZ Trail toward the end of the ride. I rode another section to the north of this area on a pedal bike a few days ago.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_35.jpg


Canyons on our way out.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_36.jpg


http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_37.jpg


RWAZ making dust in the wash headed toward Battle Axe Rd.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_38.jpg


These buggies can cruise!
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_39.jpg


Overall, there's nothing too different from previous years. It should be a good time next weekend!

cyberdos 11-18-2012 10:21 AM

This pic is fantastic! :clap

http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...PreRide_29.jpg

I didn't know there would be little ones on the ride. Makes me wanna get one of these things.

Is it next week yet?

:happay

Slowred 11-18-2012 11:50 AM

Great RR Yardstick!

Fantastic shots of Honda Hill. Do those Razrs come with airbags?:eek1

refokus 11-18-2012 01:30 PM

Looks Fun
 
I was hoping to make this ride, but in for next weekend. This is a good ride and always a ton of fun out there and the scenery is spectacular! :clap

Great RR Yardstick! :thumb

BIG-E 11-18-2012 04:28 PM

Fantastic Yardstick!!!

I wish that I could have joined you all! Did Roger spill any tea? I doubt it. That little Dude with JD is a crack up! Moe wood Dillon!!:lol3

Hope you all have a great ride next week! I deliver the trophy to Buddy on Fridy if that is ok? Hopefully you get to keep it along time Terry!!

Take care everyone, Eric.

4play 11-18-2012 05:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BIG-E (Post 20072603)

Hope you all have a great ride next week! I deliver the trophy to Buddy on Fridy if that is ok? Hopefully you get to keep it along time Terry!!

Take care everyone, Eric.

Unfortunately Terry won't be able to enjoy it long. Rattlecan has become the 1st frequent flyer :lol3 & has earned it back.

cyberdos 11-18-2012 08:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 4play (Post 20073292)
Unfortunately Terry won't be able to enjoy it long. Rattlecan has become the 1st frequent flyer :lol3 & has earned it back.

:doh

Benduro 11-19-2012 05:22 AM

Nice RR! Loved the pics. I don't know why I torture myself so much, looking at all these Az trip reports. Makes me want to move down there. And I checked out your link (pedal bike). Brought back a lot of memories. Some of the best in my life actually. Last September, my buddy and I rode the entire AZT from Mexico to Utah, self supported, at race pace. Took us 9 grueling days. But I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. BEAUTIFUL country you have down there. Just incredible, really.
Keep it comin'! More pics!

Yardstick 11-19-2012 07:02 AM

Thanks guys! That trophy really needs to find a permanent home!

Trespasser, that is a monster MTB ride, doing the whole AZ Trail. :eek1 I did a section near Flagstaff this summer. That was beautiful. The BCT has a lot of similarities to the AZ Trail, too. I still prefer the more technical challenges that South Mountain provides. Plus it's practically in my back yard. :evil


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