AZ: Too Much Of a Good Thing

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  1. Vitamin_D

    Vitamin_D Mixing The Kool-Aid

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    So the Phoenix area got a lot of rain this weekend. How much? How about over 2&#8221; in two days? Naturally we decided to ride during the hardest rain of day two. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    It was awesome. Since our typical riding conditions are sunny and dry, we never pass up a chance to ride in different conditions.<o:p></o:p>
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    About ¼ mile down this road is where we cross the usually dry river to get to the trails. Okay&#8230; Time for plan B.<o:p></o:p>
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    Plan B: Ride up a different wash to get some trails on the &#8220;Peaks&#8221;.<o:p></o:p>
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    Hmm&#8230; Time for Plan C and find a Jeep road that will bring us to a trail.<o:p></o:p>
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    Success! Here we are on the first climb of some spectacular single track.<o:p></o:p>
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  2. Vitamin_D

    Vitamin_D Mixing The Kool-Aid

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    For reference, this is what this section usually looks like. Nothing more than a splash to get the tires wet to make climbing up the other side a little more difficult.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    And this is what it looked like yesterday.<o:p></o:p>
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  3. Vitamin_D

    Vitamin_D Mixing The Kool-Aid

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    Normally just a trickle of green water.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  4. Vitamin_D

    Vitamin_D Mixing The Kool-Aid

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    Here we search for a place to cross. This is the shallowest portion we find.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  5. Vitamin_D

    Vitamin_D Mixing The Kool-Aid

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    Here is a short video to help illustrate what we were dealing with. VIDEO<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  6. Vitamin_D

    Vitamin_D Mixing The Kool-Aid

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    We decide to turn around.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    That’s a lot of orange…<o:p></o:p>
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    The ground is too soft & the trail is too narrow for a side stand.<o:p></o:p>
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    Although the ride was both short & filled with adversity we all still had a great time. Can’t wait for next weekend...<o:p></o:p>
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  7. Mullet Bullet

    Mullet Bullet Been here awhile

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    Looks like a good day, actually makes me miss Arizona.
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  8. EsconDeasy

    EsconDeasy Ectomorph

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    Was that Sycamore?

    Edit: I just read your rain chart
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  9. ARZ

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    Awesome!!! Thanks so much for posting these!!! I always feel bad for not taking photos when I get to do rides like these. I know the word epic gets over used, but I think that does justice for how that river was flowing. Nice editing on the video.

    I was the one trying to keep my balance in the video. That was a VERY small creek that almost never flows. Like Dave said, usually its just enough to get your tires wet and make climbing the rocks on the other side a bit more difficult.
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  10. fuggy

    fuggy Canyon Explorer

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    Wow, that area looks much WETTER than our ride in the WT mtns west of PHX. The sandy soil absorbed everything so quick, bikes stayed clean and the washes were not running (Sunday).

    Andy Z, did you find out what happened to your motor on the 09?
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  11. strappyman

    strappyman Been here awhile

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    I don't feel so bad about NOT riding yesterday now. That's a LOT of water.
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  12. ARZ

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    It was the 10, and NO.

    Im riding the 09 450 now.

    After our ride, I wanted to see what the river looked like, and I almost swamped the bike coming back. In this video, at the spot where they splash across the stream, the water was almost seat height, and returning I was going against the flow and it stopped the bike DEAD! http://vimeo.com/21325422#t=119
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  13. hilslamer

    hilslamer 2XRedheadedstepchild

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    +1
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  14. Graveler

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    Moss will be growing next
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  15. DurtKlod

    DurtKlod Long timer

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    Great stuff. Good thing the temps were kinda mild yesterday as you guys were probably soaked!
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  16. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Awesome RR! We were soooo close to riding out there Sun, but wuss'ed out. Thanks for showing us what we missed.

    Great video.:clap
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  17. azredline

    azredline Wobbly Adventurer

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    Too much of a good thing was a good title! Non-zonies may not realize what a big deal that much water is to us desert rats!
    Well done, thanks. :clap
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  18. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    great video work!
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  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Awesome stuff!!! Thanks for sharing!
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  20. canuckAME

    canuckAME Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the post. Nice to see folks able to ride this time of year.
    This is what our water looks like these days

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