Two riders from Phoenix, two from Tucson took on what is a legendary route in Southern, AZ. Known as "Rug Road". This road is well known by the 4 X 4 crowd, but less ridden by motorcyclists because, frankly, it is a MF'er. Riders were: YBRacing KTM 525 EXC "Supertanker" 4Play KTM 450 XC hybrid FastPhil38 Honda CFR 450 X Hoosiertrailmaster KTM 450 EXC Unfortunately, I was my usual self and arrived right at 8:30...where "stands were up and we were to roll". 15 minutes later we took off up Copper Creek road. At about 7 miles in you can continue on Copper Creek Road or take a left and you are on the infamous "Rug Road". Rug Road is contained in the Guliuro Mountains, said to be the remotest area in all of Arizona. I believe it, we did not see one other person the entire day including getting a dirt road past ranches. We did, however, find other friends on the trail. About 5 mile in your get to "Carpet Hill". Sorry I was too busy holding on for dear life to snap some on the decent, but I can tell you this drops 900 feet in .7 miles. You can see in the photo remnants of the carpet that has been there since the 1950's when a local rancher placed it there to slow down erosion. This is the very bottom just before going into a wash...if you look closely, you will see I slid 60 or 70 feet to come to a stop. Even YBRacing who has seen just about everything riding commented "that got his attention" Once you come out of the wash, you face roughly 2 1/2 miles of this going up. 4Play dreaming of the "Rapture" that was to come later that day. YBRacing and FastPhil38 catching their breath before the final accent. Actually, YBRacing had already been to the top and decided to come back to see why it was taking 45 minutes to go 2.5 miles. We are now at the highest point in the ride at 5200 feet. Great views and we expected it to get easier after this...we were wrong. A shot of "Carpet Hill" looking back. Looking toward the Galiuro Mountains...foreboding. FastPhil38 says "Yippee Kay-ay MFer". YBRacing looking for a suitable launch site for his "rocket motorcycle". 4play says..."is the tough stuff done?" OK, after that I fell off the "photographer's job". I am hoping that YBRacing and 4Play can add some later stuff. However, we got lost, I fell and hurt my knee fairly seriously and got super dehydrated. Several observations: 1. Don't do this in late Fall or Summer...it is too damn hot. 2. Put on new tires with some real bite to them. Both 4Play and I came with half eaten tires that didn't make it any easier. 3. LOTS of water. 4. Make sure your bike is tuned for some altitude. I could tell my 450 was running rich, especially going up the other side of "Carpet Hill". 5. Lastly, always bring the Navy Seals with you...YBRacing, FastPhil38 and 4Play made sure I got out in one piece.