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Old 08-23-2014, 04:24 PM   #1
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AZ Back Way To CK

Some fellow ADVer's were planning a night ride from Lake Pleasant to Crown King. Those of us lacking the requisite lighting, and basically afraid of the dark, decided to pre-ride the route for them to give an idea what they would be dealing with after a week of Monsoon storms.

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4Play -Yami WRR 250 w/big bore
Refokus -KTM 2fiddy WCFW
RidingSolo -Yami WRF 450
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Amazing that Blue out numbered Orange today!

RidingSolo and 4Play giving the ADV salute


Refokus


RidingSolo and his new WRF


My sled and no Refokus isn't pounding a beer at 0600. He insisted it was "coffee".

A grader passed us while we were gearing up. We thought maybe it was going to be a cruise to CK. It proved to be a bit more challenging than that. Here the road is nicely smoothed out after the floods.


At the CK Rock turnoff things turned interesting.


The storm erosion wiped out large parts of the road. This became a frequent sight.


Sometimes there was only a sliver of passable road left.


Definitely don't want to hit that apex here!


This is where pics don't do justice to the actual terrain. This wash out had a loose 6 ft vertical climb followed immediately by a sharp left and an ugly eroded climb.


This is the climb.


Normally these sections are 3rd gear cruises. The rocks, debris and water cuts made them much more technical.
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Old 08-23-2014, 04:39 PM   #2
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Those who know the back way route will recognize this hill climb section. Here Refokus got off line and had to adjust.


RidingSolo powers through.


The climb continues.


And gets ugly in a few places.


In AZ we always get excited to have mud puddles to splash in!




A new monument. Nicely done!


The other issue was the frequent new additions to the road.


Some were much larger than others.


This is a section of Senator Highway. I've never seen it look like this. People frequently drive cars on Senator, not this week!





RidingSolo says if you're going to make a splash, go Big!
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Old 08-23-2014, 05:03 PM   #3
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We decided to go back through Ryland Creek. We had stopped for a break and a Sheriff SAR officer stopped to say he was checking on an abandoned motorcycle near the creek. Since we were headed tat way we offered to help in any way.
Here 4Play is waiting to pass the sheriff's 4x4.


The creek had some sections that we knew would be tough the the officer to follow.


We came upon the bike. It's a KLR, Blue/Black. It had a note saying that he was injured and had been without food since Sun.(We assume 1 week ago). At this point we searched the immediate area without seeing the rider. With No cell reception, 4Play and I rode back to see if we could locate the SAR officer. He was stopped by the creek bed as we guessed. We gave him the card the rider had left. He said the people that found the bike yesterday hadn't mentioned that he was injured. We asked if there was anything else we could do. He stated that he would have quads get to the bike and initiate a search for the rider. 4Play and I returned to the others who had searched several hundred yards perimeter of the bike without any more clues. We reluctantly left the bike while silently hoping he got help out of there. We kept eyes open for the rider as we headed out.







The trail from there out had some tough stretches as well



Here the road is gone,replaced by a 3 ft drop into the creek bed.


Another washout and work around.



This washout ate the road!


Cool Saguaro hiding in a rock wall.


And back to Lake Pleasant.
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Old 08-23-2014, 05:29 PM   #4
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Good job Slowred

I sincerely hope Brian turns up safe.

Don't ride alone guys, if you must make sure somebody knows your route.
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Old 08-23-2014, 05:41 PM   #5
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Nice shots Slowred! I haven't seen that area take that much damage from storms before. The night crew might want to leave a little extra early!
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Old 08-23-2014, 05:58 PM   #6
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Well done Terry. What a mess.
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:07 PM   #7
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Nice RR Slowred!

I'll have to get my photos off the phone and get them posted. This loop that we have all taken on several occasions is really eroded out in spots. I was glad to be on the smaller bike today
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:32 PM   #8
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I sincerely hope Brian turns up safe.
Brian? Does he have a screen name?

Very interesting ride report.
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:45 PM   #9
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Brian? Does he have a screen name?

Very interesting ride report.
All we were told was his name was Brian.
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Old 08-24-2014, 03:56 AM   #10
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Thanks for the recon guys!
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:54 AM   #11
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Good job team recon

Wow, thanks for all the photos SR! What a difference from the freeway that had become over the last few dry years.

Man, that part about the abandoned KLR and injured rider note sent chills up my spine. Not good. I hope he turns up ok. Makes you think...

I imagine the big bike night riders had quite a rodeo!
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:49 AM   #12
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Great Ride Report. It makes me happy I went to bed last night. That ride would have been over my head.

Thanks for the recon.
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Old 08-24-2014, 12:25 PM   #13
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I've gotta say, if I would have seen this RR BEFORE I headed out for last night's ride I would have probably stayed in bed too.

Wow. What an eventful night we had.

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The storm erosion wiped out large parts of the road. This became a frequent sight.


Sometimes there was only a sliver of passable road left.


Definitely don't want to hit that apex here!

Those washed out sections were pretty dangerous at night. I remember one in particular after we had stopped for a break that I looked down at the GPS for a split second and when I looked back up I was RIGHT ON IT.
I gave the bike gas and the front wheel clipped the top of the ledge on the back side and launched my front wheel. I just barely held on for dear life.

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This is where pics don't do justice to the actual terrain. This wash out had a loose 6 ft vertical climb followed immediately by a sharp left and an ugly eroded climb.


This is the climb.

and that's where the middle rut sucked me up. After the 6ft vertical you had to go hard left. But when you did that there were a bunch of trucks and razrs stuck at that spot pretty much hogging up the entire trail
As I was panning for a way around them I chose the wrong line and got completely wedged int he middle rut. So as I'm tugging and pulling the bike out of the rut while one of them is about 10 feet away just looking at me without helping some drunk !@#$ lady is at the top yelling at me to go left. The bike wasn't even running and she keeps telling me to go to my left, which meant me cutting across the rut that just swallowed me and right where they were are all standing. When I finally pulled my bike out and looked around to see how to get by the trucks the lady now starts yelling at me to stay to the right. So I tell her "didn't you tell me to stay to the left?" and she starts whaling "You're already committed. Stay to the right, stay to the right."

I take a few more seconds to catch my breath and she starts in again "stay to the right, you're already committed." and now the guy that was standing next to me that didn't help me straight my bike starts telling her "I think it's easier to the left."

That set this drunk lady off even more. "You're already committed. Stay to the right, stay to the right."

Jesus, I can't get her stupid ass yapping out of my head.

So I start the bike. Pick my line across the rut, directly at her and gun it. I get over the rut and give it more gas all the while headed straight toward her. Right before I plow into them I turn right and zip up the trail. I gave it some good gas so I could get some distance before looking back. But it wasn't like any of their dumb drunk asses would have been able to stumble up the trail anyway.

"STAY TO THE RIGHT!"

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Old 08-24-2014, 12:34 PM   #14
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Those who know the back way route will recognize this hill climb section. Here Refokus got off line and had to adjust.


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So here's what that looks like at night.



Spencer's son looped the bike right at that spot trying to get up it. It was a glorious wheelie but Drew didn't have his camera on when he did it.



Dusty went down hard trying to go the other way too.



Hopefully Drew has some good footage of that section on his GoPro.
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:41 PM   #15
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Sorry Dos. I did my best to get the RR up before you guys left. I was really concerned that someone was going to hit one of those washed out sections at speed in the dark. I'm glad no one got eaten up by those chasms.
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