|11-13-2013, 09:09 PM||#1|
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: Florida Panhandle
Visited Phoenix area and had a blast
I had a four day business conference in Scottsdale and hated to travel so far and not partake in some desert riding. I reached out to the Western inmates in the Regional forums and they certainly came thru for me.
I found Extreme Arizona where I rented a Dodge Dakota truck with a Wr250 riding in the back. EA will provide most everything one needs to ride. Gear, water, spot tracker, etc.
I taxied up to Cave Creek and picked up the truck/bike and the gear I hadn't brought from home. I then headed to meet up with Mark, a fellow inmate that had graciously agreed to be my guide for the morning. We entered Tonto National Forest NE of Scottsdale and my desert fun began. This was by far the most physically challenging terrain I've been in. The Florida sand is tiresome but nothing like the big rolling pebbles, baby head boulders and cactus thrown in the mix. While tiresome it was also awesome. It was the perfect mix of hill climbs, descents, woop-t-doos and single tracks. The scenery was spectacular and a great reminder of why I love the west. Miles and miles of open terrain.
My biggest challenge was juggling enjoying the scenery while not crashing or being left behind by my riding partner. Although I'd like to say my WR250 couldn't hang with his KTM450, I'm quite sure it was his pure desert skill that had me eating dust and playing catch up all day. I know he was content waiting on me rather than trying to get me to the ER if I crashed trying to keep up. Thanks for the patience.
After several hours and about 35 miles of fun we headed back to the truck. A great ride with only one other dirt biker and a couple of mountain bikes seen.
The next day I awoke exhausted. I felt like I had bench pressed 10lbs for 3.5hrs. Since I was riding alone that day I opted for something less strenuous. I headed East to Four Peaks Rd.
This two track was a nice hour long cruise up to the base of Four Peaks, climbing over 2k feet if I remember correcty.
It was hot down low and cold up top, partially due to the 40+mph winds. The road offered a mix of wide twisties with some amazing views.
I returned to the truck for lunch and spent a couple of hrs riding two track trails through a low desert with an occasional dry creek bed and rolling hills.
I took one small spill and knew it was time to call it quits before the fun ended.
I loaded up and returned to Cave Creek to give up the Dakota and WR. I had two great days experiencing one of those places that although beautiful, you know if your not careful you'll be bouncing off a boulder, stuck by a teddy bear cactus, over a cliff and if your lucky to the ER before you become human jerky in the hot desert sun. Thanks to all who helped make it happen.
Flirtin w/Disaster screwed with this post 11-13-2013 at 09:19 PM
|11-14-2013, 02:21 PM||#2|
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Wickenburg AZ
Arizona is an interesting place. With an abundance of State and Federal land to explore. Glad you had a pleasant experience.
Mark, a Misplaced Farm Boy....
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