Flagstaff to Jerome and back-the dirt way.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by chainslapAZ, May 6, 2012.

  1. chainslapAZ

    chainslapAZ Adventurer

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    This is in fact my first ride report, so I'll throw in a little "about me" info.

    26, single, no pets, no real responsibilities, one week from graduating at NAU, living in Flagstaff currently but a AZ native, trials junkie, mountain bike junkie...just make that a 2 wheel junkie actually.

    So with that data out of the way, I decided that today would be a perfect day to do a long loop since I'm bout done with school, weather forecast was great, and got turned down to go ride mountain bikes with a hot chick (damn). So might as well go ride the trusty KTM 400. This bike is quite the do all workhorse from ugly singletrack, to dual sport rides, such as this one.

    Plan was to leave Flagstaff and head west towards Williams, south down into Jerome, over to Clarkdale, and back up the hill west of Sedonuts.

    So enough words, more pics...


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    Tornado Alley...

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    Overlooking the wilderness

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    Dropped off the plateau on the Great Western Trail.

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    The Verde

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    Droppin into Jerome

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    *Note to self: Install red skulls on KTM*

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    And of course what would a generic ride report be without the gratuitous food shot! Yes, it was delicious.

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    Fun outside of Sedona.

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    Up the powerline trail.

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    Didn't get many pics on the way back up. Home made carnitas were calling me...

    Did hit 300 hours on the bike though. Total mileage was 190. 175 of that on dirt. No wrecks or mechanicals. All in all a fantastic ride.
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  2. TTRPaul

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    That Hamburger shoot makes me hungry!!!! How difficult were the switchbacks up Casner to the top. I was there once but chickened out as I was alone.:norton
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  3. chainslapAZ

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    Keep up your momentum and you'll be fine. It's not that steep, just loose rocks. I did this solo but have a pretty decent skill set I reckon so I wasn't too concerned.
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  4. fuggy

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    This is a great pic of the red rocks. Thanks for sharing the ride.
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  5. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Very nice! Pretty soon all of us Phoenicians will be headed your way to escape the heat.
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  6. chainslapAZ

    chainslapAZ Adventurer

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    Hope you're not planning on doing much singletrack riding, TMR is in place now. Which relegates everything to the Fort Valley stuff, 20.5 miles. Looking like Prescott/Bradshaws is the place to be this year.

    I'll be doing a lot more mountain biking and long DS rides like this over the summer, as the weather sure is fine up here.
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  7. benwiggin2

    benwiggin2 Long timer

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    awesome write up- loved it.
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  8. DurtKlod

    DurtKlod Long timer

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    Very nice. What's TMR?
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  9. chainslapAZ

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