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Old 12-13-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
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AZ - Magic Carpet Ride -or- Midweek Rug Road Redux!

After the Rug Road teaser we got Saturday, Slowred (KTM 350) and I (KTM 530) were hungry for more!

Yesterday we returned to a familiar location outside Mammoth, AZ.



The shooting range!



I had some new (but familiar) tires to try. I have been asked why I run such a skinny rear tire on the 530 (110/100-18). As in the bedroom, I prefer the handling of a smaller rear.



Nice sharp edges! Not for long!



New front too! Replacing the sketchiest, scariest tire I have ever run.



These are nice and predictable for me.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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We ran side-by-side for the first few miles of gravel. Our assumption was right and there there was no traffic. It was a great way to stay out of the dust!



Through the first gate. It's going to get serious soon.



Quick stop to peel layers.



Initially we're aiming for the saddle just left of the darker mountain in the background.



Slowred coming up the easier part after the first nasty climb.



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Old 12-13-2012, 09:49 AM   #3
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There's little reprieve before the next climb.



And these hills are just the warm-up!



It's hard to show how bad these hills really are.



You're seeing the top, but there are a few tricky spots lower down.



If you stop for pics on these hills, you might as well go back to the bottom and re-start the whole hill.



Getting closer to that dark mountain in the distance.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:52 AM   #4
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Starting down the namesake portion of the Rug Road.



Not much rug left between the boulders.



There's not much of anything left between most of the boulders!



Spot Slowred's helmet.



At the bottom.



The next climb is the big one.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:03 AM   #5
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Part way up the climb I felt something on the back of my neck. This was the best place I could find to stop quickly in case it was something I really didn't want to go down the back of my shirt!



It was my goggle strap falling off the back of my helmet. Restarting on this wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.



No more stops until the top!



It's hard to read but the GPS says it is 10:56 a.m. We left the truck at ~9:40 a.m. Making good time so far!



Going down the other side is exciting!



And our plan is to come back up this?



We're losing almost as much elevation as we gained on the last climb.



Fortunately these rocks are stuck together pretty well.



It's like riding on a slightly loose, really sharp edged cobblestone road.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:07 AM   #6
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There's a cool overhanging cliff next to the trail.



Shortly after descending the last piece of trail we climbed up another rocky, switchback-fest! The pic at the top doesn't do this hill any kind of justice. It's a tough one.



We came from over there, somewhere...



Quick stop at the general store.



One busted safe.



Slowred is having a good time!
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:12 AM   #7
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A short walk away is an old smelter site.



I think they were after copper.



Not sure what these evil looking things were used for.



More equipment.



And some slag cascading down the hill.
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More equipment.



Lots of rusty metal!



The back sides of the first couple of pieces.



5065 - Description: Big-ass timber washer.



They weren't careful hauling their ore!
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:21 AM   #9
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The next stop was Parson's Grove.



There are a few trails from Parson's Grove. This is the right one.



Assessing real estate values.



This is clearly a fixer-upper.



It surprised me that the latch on this fridge actually worked! I'm sure it just needs a tune-up.



Bed on the veranda.



One more shot of the "efficient" kitchen.
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Crossing through one more gate.



Stormtroopers ride!



There are several miles of hard rock ledges to ride before you finally drop into this nice canyon.



By this point our forearms felt like Popeye's.



Time for a break!
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:31 AM   #11
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I spotted the perfect Christmas tree.



Slowred offered to bring it back. We figured it looked better where it was.



12:22 p.m. in the canyon. We already reasoned that 2 p.m. was our last minute turn-around time, no matter how far we got.



We had plenty of time to check out the Cliff Dwellings.



Slowred looks for the "real" entrance. People were much shorter then.



Info at the dwelling.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:35 AM   #12
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Slowred in jail. I'll let him explain the scratches on his forehead.



The other side of this small dwelling. Talk about the tiny house movement. This is a micro-house.



I wondered if there were more along the cliff. There were no signs of others.



Not much for amenities.



Back to the bikes.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:39 AM   #13
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Still plenty of time to do more exploring on foot.



This canyon always reminds me of an area south of Moab, UT.



Similar color and shape of rocks.



The start of a new canyon, complete with waterfall streaks. I wouldn't want to be in here to see the waterfall run.



The debris on this tree is a reminder how much water can go through here.
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After a quick bite to eat, we went for more canyon exploration on the bikes. We found water! And apparently an abandoned vehicle.



Shallow water.



This crossing looked a little more serious.



Slowred looks for the good line across.



I have been here in summer and there is still flowing water. I wonder what feeds it.

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