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.
We did our recon in the "normal" direction. Heading into Telegraph Canyon.
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.
I was curious about an alternate route to Ajax Mine. It's fun and fast but there was a little confusion in this spot.
At the "Temple of Doom" part of the Ajax site.
Turning south at Mineral Mountain Rd. to head toward Box Canyon.