AZ-Charouleau Gap

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  1. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    HoosierTrailmaster was kind enough to put together this year's rendition of the Charouleau Gap Ride. 9 bikes and 1 Razr started out under blue skies and perfect temps. We postponed the ride from last weekend when it was 22*!!!:eek1 Good call HTM!

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    YZFCathy with her new Jack Piner KTM 200 2T. She was flying today!
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    Everyone's favorite Big E!!!
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    Skip and Roger Razr asking who's truck is sporting the cool Oregon Ducks sticker.:D[​IMG]
    Refokus preparing for battle.
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  2. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Wild Bill
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    WAN on his trusty Husky.
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    Big E shows the scars on his Husaberg from trying to pass me the week prior at Coke Ovens. I say Karma!:D
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    The ride up to the Gap is pretty smooth and easy. Regrouping.
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    The descent from the Gap was nice and smooth. Refokus and WAN
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    Until we started hitting patches of ice and snow. John aboard his four fiddy playing slip and slide.
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  3. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Better temps! About time. Looks like a nice ride. :thumb
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  4. Slowred

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    Cathy putting a little english on it.
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    CG has lots of water crossings. Skip making a splash.
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    Roger making a much bigger splash!
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    Skip watching Cathy dance her way through.
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    Skip showing off.:D
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    Big E powering through.
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  5. Slowred

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    This climb out out the wash gave everyone trouble today. I don't remember it being that tough in the past rides. Probably storm erosion. Yeah, that's the ticket. Cathy showing WAN the line.[​IMG]

    WAN headed for another attempt. The audience grows awaiting their chance.
    Boy these dreary winter days in AZ really suck, huh?:rofl
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    HTM takes the pro line.
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    Roger tells WAN to hop in, it's a piece of cake in a Razr!:loll
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    The next tricky climb. Skip got off the line. Restarting in this loose stuff is work.
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  6. Slowred

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    True to his handle, Wild Bill came flying up this hill!
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    Roger may have spilled some ice tea on this climb...nope, he doesn't break a sweat.
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    Refokus and Roger. The weather couldn't have been better. I love AZ winters!:D
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    Oracle and lunch are close.
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    Lunch at the Oracle Inn. Cathy teasing Big E that she got her sandwich first.
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    But not for long missy!
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  7. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    The group split after lunch, with half slabbing it back to the trucks. HTM and I swapped bikes. Here he rides the CRF on the first part headed home. I was on his 300 2smoke. What a hoot!
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    WAN cruising.
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    Cathy still flying.
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    John, styling on his KTM, made it all look easy today.
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    Wild Bill
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    The locals were not nearly as impressed with our riding skills as we were.:loll
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  8. Slowred

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    HTM's bike decided to take a nap on this nasty climb out of the wash.
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    No one had trouble on this hill that gave us so much grief climbing this am.
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    The long creek bed was another story. Fatigue was setting in. It took awhile to get everyone through here.
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  9. rpage11

    rpage11 Skip

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    This was a beautiful day for a ride even if it was a lot of work. I don't remember the last time I went down 4 times in one ride and I was a bit sore this morning. Also stopped by Cycle Gear on the way home for a new battery and tire pressure gauge.

    Riding the Gap with 40 lbs in the front and 35 in the rear is a real test. I felt like I was on a pogo stick and usually heading in a seriously bad direction all day. Cathy did me a favor and tossed out our old tire pressure gauges.

    Terry heading into the creek where things always get interesting.

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    Nice form as always.

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    Rodger and the Razr can make anything look easy

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    Watercrossings too

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    Brad coming through the trees

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    and then stepping down into the creek.

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  10. Slowred

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    After battling through the water crossing this tough uphill grabbed Wild Bill's bike and tossed it down. As usual, he pirouetted away unharmed.
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    From there on it was a smooth ride back to the trucks. While getting another shot of the beautiful scenery, I did mange to catch this UFO hovering above us. The aliens seem to be attacking in bee disguised crafts.:rofl
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    Thanks to Hoosier Trailmaster and the Tucson crew for hosting this event for us!:clap
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  11. rpage11

    rpage11 Skip

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    Cathy's out for another day and she has more good photos and a few videos that I'm sure she'll post soon.

    But in the mean time here's the rest of mine. Pretty busy picking myself up and didn't get a lot.

    Wan up on the pegs, nice

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    And into the creek

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    Nice body English dear

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    John sure had no trouble with this ride. Made everything look easy

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    Good to see Big E back in the saddle. Always great riding with you.

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    And our fearless leader

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    Thanks everyone, had a great time. Skip
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  12. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Nice pics Skip!

    I can't believe you had that much psi in your tires. No way you were getting a pinch flat. I noticed you had new rubber. Did you forget to air down after setting the bead?

    It was great fun riding with you guys. Thanks for hosting us Phoenicians.:clap
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  13. WAN

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    Awesome pics, I am so glad that you missed all the ones of me on the ground. :rofl
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    Ooooh baby, I would love me one of those blue Katooms!!:D
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  15. utefan

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    Looks like you guys had a great day! Sorry the weather delayed it a week. I would have loved to do the ride.

    Is anyone riding tomorrow?
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  16. 4play

    4play Next?

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    Sorry I missed it
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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Me too!
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  18. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Snow, ice and blustery winds. It was just awful!

    Oh wait. No, it was freaking beautiful.

    We missed you guys.
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  19. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    Looks fun. Thanks for the pics Slow.
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  20. refokus

    refokus Just Learning

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    Great ride and RR. This was a blast, thanks HTM for getting us together again. The CG ride is one of my favorites, I just don't remember it being this difficult. I forgot the camera at the house, but I appreciate all the photos from everyone else.

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