BCC to Yarnell the fun way

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by DurtKlod, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. DurtKlod

    DurtKlod Long timer

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    AZ Tom, myself and a couple others met yesterday for a fun ride between BCC and Yarnell taking the gas line road down around the south end of Lake Pleasant, up Buckhorn wash to Blue Bell road and then north to Yarnell. The days ride for me looked like this. However, I came up from Phoenix and the other three came down from Prescott and we met at Table Mesa rd.

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    The first of the four dropped out after 10 miles of gas line road and so we were down to a fearsome trio.
    A quick snack stop after completing the sandy Buckhorn wash section.

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    We kept up a pretty good pace and did not stop much to take pictures. Next stop wasn't until the water hole in Box Canyon north of Wickyburg.

    As we came up to the water hole, I approached from the right side and decided it was too deep. I spun around and scoped out the left side which seemed a little shallower. Having an audience makes one braver and so I plunged on through to come out the other side slightly wet but victorious!
    The Kawasaki followed but his line was just a couple feet to the left of mine where it was a tad deeper.
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    Stalled it! Oh mannnn, wet feet!
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    Luckily it started right back up pulled him the rest of the way out. I've assured AZ Tom that his line is a good one... I just don't think he wanted to get his feet wet.
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    Finally, he plunges in...
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    ...to also emerge victoriously on the other side.
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    You gotta understand that us Arizona riders get a real kick outta seeing some water and sometimes aren't sure what to do when we find some... take pictures!

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    The rest of the canyon was wet but uneventful.
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    From here, we just hauled butt up to Yarnell. Due to our late start and an evening engagement with my kids, I slabbed it all the way back home... about as much fun as watching paint dry. AZ Tom and the Kawasaki guy had an equally exciting finish to their day as they slabbed it back to Prescott from Yarnell. We've got to start earlier next time guys!

    Hey Tom, I was thinking that next time instead of backtracking left at the end of the canyon, that we should finish the loop road and try going right instead.
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  2. AZ TOM

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    Go right, I like it:D Not many pics. & no action shots, getting lazy I am:D
    Met Steve DE350
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    Mark KLX 250
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    at the Circle K in Mayer & we went down to BCC, Maggie Mine Rd. gased up & down to Table Mesa & met Tom.

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    Steve did great on the DR down to Lake Pleasant but decided not to push his luck & slabed it back up through Prescott to Clarksdale. Good ride across & up Box Canyon & on to Yarnell for lunch, but wait they close 2:30 we rode too slow! But I can't ride any faster so have to start earlier. Great ride as always, I love that loop.

    I had a lot of input before I crossed. Can't be too careful you know when your riding a high dollar almost 18 year old bike:lol3

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    The gate attendant. Great job:clap
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    Ah ba da, ba da thats all folks:lol3
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  3. DurtKlod

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    I like your picture of that crossing better. It looks huge!
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  4. DurtKlod

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    Did you guys slab it down from Mayer or did you come all the way down via dirt? ...Maggie Mine rd.?
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  5. AZ TOM

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    Dirt, dirt, dirt I never get enough:D
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    I thought this was a little strange... here we are several miles up this sand wash, riding through lots of deep sand...
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    ...and lots of rocks...
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    Great stuff for dirt bikes right? Then we come across mom, dad, and the little tot out for an afternoon stroll...
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    Have you ever tried to push a stroller through deep sand and rocks? Nuts I tell ya... nuts!
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  7. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    That Buckhorn Wash trail is a workout. I rode that solo a few months ago on my 1200GSA and it was the only time I didn't enjoy riding my bike.
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  8. DurtKlod

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    Yeh, I'm not real fond of it either.
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  9. terb

    terb Been here awhile

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    Could you tell me where Blue Tank Road is?
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  10. AZ TOM

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    Blue Tank Rd. runs north west off Constilation Rd before you reach Wikenberg.
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  11. terb

    terb Been here awhile

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    Did you also go thru Octave and up Mina Road?
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  12. AZ TOM

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    Yes.:wink:
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