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Old 11-27-2013, 03:37 PM   #76
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Snuck away for a couple hours this afternoon.
Nothing special.... a little 18 mile loop out Constellation Road. Dropped into the upper end of Blue-Tank Wash.
This is a steep wash with several exposed drops and loose sand between. Sand was not too bad today as we have had some rains.


Lots of loose downhill to the wash...


More....


Awesome Striped Rocks...


Throw in a couple of majestic Saguaro's and a few clouds = a nice photo...


Someday I'm going to jump this rockpile... looks easy but the far side is kinda scarrry.


A mile or so of this...


and this... those tire tracks are from a full-bore Rock Crawler!


Another li'l rock pile... not a difficult as it looks from this angle.


Tough little Barrel Cactus growing in a rock crack.

Hope you enjoyed my little trip... I did
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Old 11-27-2013, 03:46 PM   #77
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Keep them coming Mark...
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:37 PM   #78
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The pic of the striped rocks and saguaro is a winner!
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:48 AM   #79
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Another day... Bighorn Mountain range... South & West of Wickenburg...
Two wilderness areas in this range and the CAP canal to the South. I trailered to the area as I have lived in AZ tooo long and don't like those 40 degree morning rides!!! 64 miles and about 6 hours on my meter, a great day!


Nice area with an abundance of Saguaro's and Red Rock outcroppings.


Lots of multiple Saguaro's in the area, a rather unique growth pattern.


Beginning of Wilderness areas






Central Arizona Project Canal... West & East view... How the hell do you get to the other side?


Lucky for me a cattle crossing and XR4 is just the same width of a cow. Several quads had to made a turnaround on the far side as they are wider than Cows!


This was at one time a good size building... not certain what it's purpose was


A few miles of this and a section of 2-3' wash-outs about spaced at 30 to 50'. Glad to be on the long-legged XR4, although I usually curse the tall seat height.


More warnings...


I came at this Ass-Backwards because I got to the entrance 40 miles into the ride

Very pretty country nothing too difficult but sections of rocky trails and deep washouts will keep you on your toe's.
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:46 AM   #80
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Nice medley of pics. Gotta love the year round riding!
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:35 PM   #81
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:46 PM   #82
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Where Vulture Mine road interesects the AP canal, can you then turn right (W) and get to the entrance of the Harquahala Mountain Byway using only dirt roads?
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:05 PM   #83
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great rides....love seeing your area, you seem to enjoy it a lot, so totally different to my local area, don't think iv'e ever felt 90 deg temps..... love the XR too, very business like, such an easy , solid bike, ....I had the 185 and a 250 some years back...don;'t think we got the 400 over here.

hope to read more of your ride reports.....maybe I should do some round here........you got me thinking...
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:05 PM   #84
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Gotta love the year round riding!
Not too many of us ride during the intense heat of the summer months. I put my bike away late May and don't get it back out again until late September/early October... too hot the rest of the year!
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:13 PM   #85
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Nice Pics, Thanks man, Joe
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:04 AM   #86
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great rides....love seeing your area, you seem to enjoy it a lot, so totally different to my local area, don't think iv'e ever felt 90 deg temps..... love the XR too, very business like, such an easy , solid bike, ....I had the 185 and a 250 some years back...don;'t think we got the 400 over here.

hope to read more of your ride reports.....maybe I should do some round here........you got me thinking...
If you do a RR let us know so we can see your area too. Locals know all the best spots!
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Old 12-14-2013, 01:24 PM   #87
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Great thread!
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Old 12-16-2013, 04:13 AM   #88
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Great thread!
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Same!! Great photos and captions!
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:12 AM   #89
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Where Vulture Mine road interesects the AP canal, can you then turn right (W) and get to the entrance of the Harquahala Mountain Byway using only dirt roads?
Still working on these loops. The two wilderness areas to the West cause a few problems. There is a lot of "Mountain" N of the canal, a large area of minimal trails is what I'm finding. I know the Rancher who had this area leased for many years but have not seen him for a while.
Have been connecting some loops together to make a nice trip to the old Observatory.
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Old 12-16-2013, 04:59 PM   #90
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As echoed by others, very nice thread. A Gila Monster? I have so much in the way of outdoors activities and have never seen a Rattle Snake or the 'Monster'.

Did have a run in with that cactus you called a Cholla. Stuck through my jeans and into my kneecap. You can't touch the thing with your hands of course so I had to find two rocks to pull the bastard out. Then it was one by one pulling all of the quills as they would much rather stay with you than attached to the plant.
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