PHX - Blessed Hellride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    One of my favorite Phoenix ADVRider buddies, DirtyDog, put this 3 day ride together. I joined the adventurers for Day 1.

    It all started like this...

    Background:
    I'm [DirtyDog] departing the beautiful Arizona- the wide-open spaces that are a dual-sport motorcyclist's paradise.

    Therefore I require a kick ass 3-day ride before I move to Tulsa, OK and get a real job.

    This will be a planning thread for what I shall call the "Blessed Hellride".

    The dates will be Sept. 12-14 (Friday - Sunday), 2008.

    The goal is to pack as many rocky, dirty, soggy, and nasty dual-sport miles as possible into three solid days.

    I'm working on the general route, but it will basically be a loop that begins and ends in Phoenix.

    Preliminarily, I'm thinking that the two overnighters will be spent in cheap motels (Motel6?) in Prescott and Payson.
    1) So we won't be weighed down by camp gear
    2) So we can celebrate each ride in style afterwards and wake up rested, showered, refreshed, and sober(?) for days 2 and 3
    3) So each day will have a predetermined start and end point to open up partial participation options

    I have some nice standby route options for Phx to Prescott and Payson to Phx, but the middle third is still up in the air. (As is the whole concept, but we'll assume it's a go.)

    The ride is open to anyone willing and able to join me. I'd like to keep my riding groups to just a few riders, so maybe a rally style may be warranted depending on how many riders get involved. You'll recall that the Chiricahua weekend turned into a 15-rider convoy.

    I'm gonna try to plan a difficult route, but alternate routes will likely be plentiful for the wary.

    It WILL contain the following, if possible:
    1) moderate to dangerous water crossings example 1, 2
    2) steep grades example 1, 2
    3) technical bouldering example 1, 2
    4) sand example 1, 2
    5) mud example 1
    Summing to a couple hundred miles of glorious filth per day.

    Big bike friendly? Depends on the rider. Your call.

    Ooh, sounds scary, doesn't it!? I'm just trying to plan a real challenge. Take it or leave it.

    It doesn't have to be any more organized than this, but if anyone has any route suggestions, feel free to do so.

    It's still 2 months away, but some people need notice to get a day off work. And besides I thought this up yesterday and I'm too psyched already.

    Who's with me?

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    FYI- "Blessed Hellride" is a song/album by Black Label Society and goes something like this- (sounds better than it reads)

    break me down and roll me once again
    got no time to think of now and then
    catch my breath pick myself up off the floor
    one more drink, a nervous breakdown, then another war

    oh, you can never get too low,
    when youre so damn high
    oh, been out rolling
    on the blessed hellride

    Through the lines, aint no in betweens
    Gardens of filth, the obscure and the obscene
    catch my breath, pick myself up off the floor
    one more drink, a nervous breakdown, then another war

    oh, you can never get too low when you're so damn high
    oh, been out rolling, on the blessed hellride
    you can never get too low when youre so damn high,
    on the blessed hellride
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    JD 1999 KLR650 A13 Mesa, AZ

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    Day 1 was probably one of the tough days. Here's a teaser:

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  2. Loud Al

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    Looks good so far, I always enjoy your RRs
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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I just moved into a new house last weekend and, unfortunately, couldn't commit to the whole weekend. I did hook up with the crew for the day 1 adventure.

    I met up with the guys on the Carefree Highway, a fitting start to an excellent journey. The day 1 crew included:

    DirtyDog - KLR650
    glnn313 - KLR650
    ChopperCopper - KTM 640 Adventure
    AZBerg/Matt - KLR650
    Nightstalker - KTM 950 Adventure

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    Airing down at New River.

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    Here's Glenn navigating through our first minor obsticle of the day, about a 1/4 mile in. Not much of a hang up, but I did manage to sandwich my foot between a rock and the bike frame. Advil managed to keep the swelling down throughout the day.

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    A new pipeline was just installed from Phoenix to ?points north?, I don't know where the other end is, but anyway, who cares? The construction leveled part of the trail and we had to make do.

    DirtyDog and ChopperCopper
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    Matt action sequence

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    SUCCESS!!

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    And then we got to the tunnel...

    glnn313

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    Matt was real nervous, but it made it up no sweat!

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    Sorry I cut off your head JD.

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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Some great trail side photos

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  7. GB

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    What fun you're having :thumb

    The Smugmug embedded videos are so much better than videos from other sites too.. must be the larger size. :nod


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  8. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Local boys tearing it up! Sweet! :super
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  9. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Back on the pipeline.

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    Speedbump on the pipeline superhighway.

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  10. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Another big hill

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    Ouch!

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    The easy way up? Not really.

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  11. azkiwi

    azkiwi message in a bottle

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    Hmm - seems like I saw you guys today - on Control Road heading towards Tonto Village?
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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Pipeline rocks

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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    In Arizona, if you see a puddle, you take a picture and frame it.

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    Matt's making some suspension adjustments. Little did he know how much he'd need it.

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    Glenn and I took the shortcut down to the river.

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    Looking back up.

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  14. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We got to the first creek crossing. Oh my! That mud looks pretty nasty.

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    I took a walk out to see how bad it was. It was BAD! I sank half way up to my knee!

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    We made it across just a ways downstream.

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    Except, now we had another big hill to climb. Glenn shows the proper technique.

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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    More trail photos

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  16. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    And then things got interesting...

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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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  18. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We had a few stream crossings ahead of us. They were all bad.

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  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We stopped for some repairs.

    DirtyDog

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    The mud would cake into our tires and make climbing out of the creek on the slippery rounded river rocks very difficult.

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    JD was have some footpeg issues. Overhead view.

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    The way we came.

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    Yours truely chilling out.

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  20. Motomedic

    Motomedic Over-caffienated Raconteur

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    Effin Awesome guys! :super You guys look like you're having fun!
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