AZ - Sticks and Stones Riding up Bull Road (Trail 202)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Yardstick, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. azredline

    azredline Wobbly Adventurer

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    Looks like a great place for a hike...without the bike!

    The pics and report are great, thanks.
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  2. Yardstick

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    I think Bull Run & Bull Road are interchangeable. It's marked in the PNF KMZ file as Bullroad (all one word). It's the 202 trail. :dunno

    Actually, there is a way to do it where you'd skip a lot of the northern section of trail and it wouldn't look so rocky. If you came down Bradshaw and then hooked over on Tuscumbia, that cuts off a lot of the northern part of the 202. You'd end up in the same spot if you went all the way down Bradshaw and then took Battle Flat over.
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  3. dezrat57

    dezrat57 New River, Arizona

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    Hello
    if you say "Bull Run" everybody that has ridden it over the years knows were you rode.... if you say "Bull Road" then we are confused...:)
    1st time up 1970... Bultaco Sherpa 125... last time 2011 KTM 300 SX...yes kitted 250 SX..:)

    dave
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  4. Oc1

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    Nice RR! Looks like a blast. I wish I would have been on this ride instead of passing RZR's on the back way to Crown King:puke1.
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  5. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Bullroad or Bull Run??? This was the trail we started on

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    Pretty darn scenic trail up to this point.

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    Yardstick navigating the beginning of the wash.

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    This was about as good as the trail looked in the miles of wash

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  6. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Occasionally we would find the trail and make some mileage. Unfortunately, it was usually only to be dumped back into the wash.

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    Here Yardstick is attempting to maneuver a tricky spot while dodging the deadly spears of death!

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  7. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    This was went on and on. At the same time we were constantly searching the banks for signs of the actual trail we were supposed to be on.

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    Yardstick lining up for this off camber rock face.

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    One of the spear of death branches caught my hydropack bite piece and broke it off. Yardstick found it but it was toast. A small stick fixed me right up.

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  8. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    At this point it seemed like we were measuring our forward progress in yards.:huh Yardstick working his way up the wash.

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    We finally got lucky and found a sign from above the we were on the 202.:lol3

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  9. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    We kept coming around corners and finding dead ends, requiring backtracking to find the work around.

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    Here we were back on the trail for awhile.

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    Only to be dumped back into the wash.

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    Yardstick coming down that spot.

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    Only to arrive here.

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  10. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Wow! 13 miles in 2.5 hrs:clap

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    The fire and subsequent flooding really did a number on this area.

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    Yardstick doing the deadfall limbo.

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    Right after this, we found the trail that climbed out of the wash. There were a few technical sections but after slogging through the wash for hrs, it was great to be able to ride a real trail. It was a tough day but all in all, I had a blast! :clap

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  11. dezrat57

    dezrat57 New River, Arizona

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    You Guy's have Grit..."No Reverse".....
    up Bull Run and down Bradshaw or visa versa....you were on "Bull Run"...
    old Topo maps seem to clear up the GPS fog...and don't need batteries:)

    dave
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  12. Yardstick

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    I thought "Bull Run" made more sense. There's not much "Road" about that trail. :lol3

    I was beat at the top of that trail and kept saying how it would be a long time before I try that again. Now that I've had a day, why do I want to go back?? :huh


    Great pics, Slowred! I'm still waiting for all the video to process so I can edit! This might be a full-length feature film!
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  13. dezrat57

    dezrat57 New River, Arizona

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    not much of an ADV Trail/Road....more like a pig trail :)...it's what I live for...it seems the lesser stuff bores me.... I think you drank the Koolaid...
    never look back:):)
    dave
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  14. Yardstick

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    Oh, I drank that kool-aid a long time ago! :lol3

    Here's my best "Dr. Strangelove", 'Ride The Bomb' impression on a 625SXC as we were going down the Bradshaw several years ago.
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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    So glad I went hiking on Saturday. Though, we did have two flat tires on that trip...
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  16. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    oh man, I remember that day very well.
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  17. Yardstick

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    This ride was sort of like hiking... :huh :evil
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  18. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Yeah, hiking wearing full Moto gear and pushing a 250# bike. :rofl
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  19. Yardstick

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    The raw video finally finished processing so that I can start editing. It's 3 hours and 15 minutes! :eek1 How short should I shoot for?
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  20. strappyman

    strappyman Been here awhile

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    That's definitely a hard trail. Every time you think you're out of the wash, it dumps you back in and finding the trail out again is a chore for sure.

    We had some trouble of our own last time we were up there. All those jagged tree branches pointing in all direction are certainly hazardous.

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    A branch in the gas tank while trying to get out of the wash.:eek1



    It looks like there's a lot more foliage than when we were up there last too. We need to get more trips through there to ensure it doesn't grow over.:evil
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