N.W. of Phoenix ADV Riders

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by AZ Mark, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    Tentative plan for another 1 night campout tomoro night in the area of wickenburg. Same deal motorcycles, beer drinking and lie tellin. Im headed out after work around three. Let me know if any of you NW guys want to join.
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  2. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    Well, since you are limiting riders from the NW, I'm out.....:ddog
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  3. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    Ok ......you can come to
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  4. sstrangee

    sstrangee Adventurer

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    Why am I always late to the party?

    Come to think about it... The whole cream center conversation is scary...
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  5. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Long timer

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    A little ride with Wordsworth. Approx. 75 miles, 6 hours. A loop North & West of Wickenburg. More pavement than I like but was attempting to avoid soooo much sand.
    Wordsworth is what you would consider a nooby when it comes to desert riding. However he did very well considering the terrain we crossed. He took a few naps but nothing spectacular.
    A great day for a ride...

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    Took this little photo break just a few minute's after my low-side cut and roll in the sand. :D Don't mind falling but hate to have witnesses, Chase you are sworn to secrecy by the N.W. of Phoenix ADV Riders Code.

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    This is a 8' drop just ahead of the xr4. Came to this from the other side a couple weeks ago and wanted to see this side.:lol3

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    Asked my companion to stay on the easy side of this encounter as I was coming back his way soon.

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    4 or 5 miles prior to this we encountered a locked gate :cry:cry:cry Another of those mysteriously locked public gates. This was just a log chain and a padlock and it was not there on Tuesday. However I did find an alternate route via a wire-gap along the RR Tracks. We had to do some cow-trailing without the cows :ear. Covered some variable terrain to get to a trial I knew would get us back on track.
    Stopped here and Wordworth did more adjusting on his bike... did I mention his battery came loose earlier! He had taken a tumble or two along the way and he even had grass wedged between his wheel & new D606s. As I mentioned before he did a great job of traveling along with me.
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  6. sstrangee

    sstrangee Adventurer

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    Looks like a lot of fun. Interested in the next ride, for sure.
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  7. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    Nice ride report mefadv!
    Wish I had a report for sundays ride but not much photo ops.
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    This is the only one to give you some idea of the location.
    We did 25 miles in 2.5 hours. Very exciting. Brought me back to my dirtbike senses. In summary-went behind Vulture peak on some of my hunting terrain. We went further than my SUV ever could and did it faster. At one time we both paused and stayed on the pegs for a full minute completely in sync at the top of a hill. Just about to shoot to the rocky bottom. At a brief stop I told my brother I needed to rebend my clutch lever. 30 seconds later it broke clean off mid way up a steep rocky incline. I glanced down and asked alex if we had been here. He said no. Couple hundred more yards we both realized that we were on the same trail. Ended up riding about 5 miles twice. I was barely able to operate the clutch one fingered. We got back to camp just in time for an ice cold lemonade. It was a great time!
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  8. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Long timer

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    I asked 6 people to go and only Wordsworth could make it. However it scares the crap out of me when I look back and no-one-is-there. As I usually know how far it is to medical or mechanical assistance. :deal
    I like to share my knowledge of the area but most of the time no extra responsibility of taking others along makes for a more peaceful adventure.
    On Sunday I rode about 6 miles of single-trac alone and the 10 miles of double trac getting there was not much better. Usually do not do single trac any more (tooo long in the tooth), but pissed me off falling in that easy sand corner! :cry

    Pmail me with some info and I'll put you on the next ride list.
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  9. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    Go fuck yourself, city boy. :D

    S.C.
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  10. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    Ive been told and agree, best way to group ride is dont worry about the others. Make fully understood arangements for unintended seperation and go with it. "Ride your own ride".
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  11. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Long timer

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    So Your saying when I had you 1/2 way up the Harquahala mountain and your chain broke, it would have been OK to leave you? :ear Or if Chase had broken his handlebars instead of just bending them it is OK to just ride on?:earI don't think so...
    You go with me on a ride I feel responsible for you. I once traveled an hour one way to get gas for a stranded boat on Lake Powell. I felt sorry for the two little kids on the boat, not soo much for the dumb-ass adults and told them so.
    If you sign-on with me I'm going to do my best to get you to a safe spot or all the way back home. Just the way I was raised. :wink:
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  12. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    really?!

    at least I now know who not to ride with.
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  13. IBRiding

    IBRiding Been here awhile

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    jtwest,

    I never took "ride your own ride" to mean you are one your own. I always try and be prepared for breakdowns but there is no way you can prepare for every possibility. The only thing you can count on is the people you ride with and while I don't claim to be the most experienced rider (far from it) I have never once thought that the people that have ridden with me would even consider leaving me stranded somewhere.

    If we ever get to do a ride together all I can say is no matter what I will have your back even if the feeling isn't mutual.

    Bill
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  14. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    I made some bad decisions in life, such as leaving Gilbert in 1998 to return to eastern USA :D
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  15. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT wannabe

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    i kinda think that didnt come out like JT wanted it to,,, did it?

    ride your own ride, absolutely. to me that means your own pace, your own comfort level, be prepared as best you can, and learn from others around you.

    i'll be there to help and no one gets left behind.
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  16. azredline

    azredline Wobbly Adventurer

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    Then why bother going on a group ride? Best way to ride alone is to go by yourself.
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  17. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    Whoa! ...
    thanks 2 spot yes ....
    apparently I didnt specifify very well. I intended to emphasize the concept of "planning for unintended separation".
    Many people prefer riding solo because of the feeling of keeping up or slowing someone down or being too fast or crowding (Especially with larger numbers of people).
    Ill stop and help someone Im NOT riding with but I dont want someone to wait on me when I flood the engine and need to pound a full bottle of water to compensate for trying to kickstart the engine, Ill catch up. making sure you know how, who, where and when to check in, initially, THEN ride your own ride makes it fun.
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  18. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Planning for unintended separation is what AZRedline, Reidy, 4Play and myself do best. We could teach that class at Don's.
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  19. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    :photog
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  20. Wordsworth

    Wordsworth Explorer

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    Last night Jtwest tried to break my UTV...just ask him ;) but he helped me put the wheel back on. When I rode with him my battery leads came undone and I dumped because I had street tires in sand he always came back.

    Mefadv this is the only pic I got of you on that ride
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