PHX - Blessed Hellride

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

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The climb out. DirtyDog.

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    Matt

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    ChopperCopper

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    Glenn

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  2. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    The AZ Crew does it again, beautiful scenery, killer trails and dudes (sometimes dudettes) that can ride those trails. Just Great Stuff!!

    Sorry this is your farewell ride Dirty Dog. I wanted to make it out for a ride before you left. Happy Trails Brother. :wave
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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Mud and rocks! My favorite receipe for a ride!

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We're starting to get good at this creek crossing thingy.

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  5. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Omnia mea mecum porto

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    Terry- you forgot to mention several highlights...

    Finding a welder in crown king.

    Pushing bikes through the mud.

    Riding through the lightning storm.

    Etc.

    Today, the "easy" day, still had some challenges. Went up mingus mountain and had a nice rocky descent. Redeye took us on a nice local trail n of Payson. Made the day not so easy.
    We're having a blast and making repairs along the way.

    Cyberdos joins is in the am for a trail of ill repute. It will be a long, glorious day.
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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    One more easy crossing before the mother of all muddy rocky nasty crossings.

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    Nightstalker caught on film

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    Glenn stirs it up!

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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Hey stop giving away the plot! We haven't gotten there yet. Although, the daddy of all muddy rocky creek crossings is coming up next...

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Just when our confidence was maxing out from a bunch of favorable creek crossings, we got stepped down a couple of notches...

    JD and Matt were already stuck on the other side when I arrived on the scene and promptly stuck my 950 in the muck. Next up is Mike.

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    And last Glenn

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    The depth of the water caused my bike to sputter out right at this spot. I was nervous about whether it would restart or not, but after a little break and clearing out the other bikes, it fired right up!

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  9. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I thought the mud was hard, the rocks were worse!

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    Bring on the vids!!

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  10. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    More carnage vids

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    One by one we pushed forward, inch by inch.

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    And the Blair Witch video. It's worth it though.

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  11. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Last crossing, thank God, more vids!

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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Ok boys, let's roll!

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    Matt picked up a passenger.

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  13. temekuguy

    temekuguy Adventurer

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    Good Stuff. Didn't know you had those kinds of creek crossings in AZ. Please post more pics and vids if you got 'em.:super
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  14. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We made it to downtown Cleator.

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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We headed to Crown King for some lunch!

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    Hello Crown King!

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    Hello FOOD!

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    You might ask, Hey, Where's JD in that last shot? Well, seems he was out getting his footpegs welded back on! He had a cold chicken sandwich...

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  16. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    After lunch we eagerly departed for Wagoner Road, one of my fav's. JD found this one the road along the way.

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    Can you believe that thunder storms blew in on us!! Lightning flashing all around us, thunder echoing through the valleys, this was one time I wasn't too happy to be on top of the mountain.

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    Actual rain fell from the skies!

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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Our planned route took us down a spur off Wagoner Road, that unfortunately turned into a single track hiking trail.

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    Regrouping, plan B.

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  18. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Baby buck on Wagoner Road.

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    We stopped at the Minnehaha Mine and Matt had a little braking problem. Don't worry, I stopped him with my 950.

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    Just finishing off the hard part of Wagoner Road.

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  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The group split before Kirkland Junction. JD, Glenn, and I jumped FS94 up to Trails End and Mike and Matt slabbed it up to Prescott.

    The ride up through Trails End was freaking awesome! Lots of grassy two track and just a couple short knarly sections thrown in to keep your attention.

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    Palace Station, mere meters from Senator Highway.

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  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We hauled ass up the Senator Highway to Prescott. No time to stop to take photos.

    I was running on fumes to get to Prescott. All that mud had taken a toll on our fuel consumption. From the gas station, JD and Glenn headed for the hotel. I made the long trek back to Phoenix. 221 miles total for me, about 125 of which were the run from New River to Prescott.

    I can't wait to see how the rest of the ride went! Ride safe brothers!
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