PHX - Coke Ovens Massacre

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    OK, well, no animals were harmed in the making of this ride report...

    22 or so riders started in Superior, AZ to ride to the Coke Ovens. As you will see, getting to the Coke Ovens is no easy feat.

    I left my home at 6AM for the 2 hour drive to Superior. Sunrise from the windshield.

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    Lots of new faces today, here's my best guess at who all showed up.

    4play - XR650R - It's all his fault!
    Nightstalker - CRF450X
    BIG-E - KTM640
    Yardstick - KTM950SE
    Mil-T - KTM530
    fuzzydude2 - DR650
    Levi - KTM620
    oldtimertc - XR650L
    jrproper - KTM450
    hilslamer - KTM950ADV
    Aprilia - KLR650
    Montek - KLR650
    Duane - KLR650
    Brian Van - KTM 530
    Swampfox61 - WR426
    dillon_bernies - KTM525
    Crilly - KLX250
    John - WR250X
    shutch4251 - YZF
    Mike Stein - CRF450X
    XT250 Guy
    Blue KLR650 Guy
    OK-that's 22, I think I got 'em.

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    4play (happy birthday you old man!!)

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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Hilslamer on the way in.

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    This is about half the group.

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    Nightstalker in the middle, sporting his cool new ATR jersey.

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    Mil T, Yardstick, and Dillon.

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    Riders meeting. "Don't fall down, don't get hurt, don't break down, don't get lost...", it's like a mother's lecture!

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Yardstick

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    Hilslamer

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    Hilslamer taking a picture of Nightstalker taking pictures.

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    You can see the headlights of the guys riding through the overshadowed valley.

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    Aprilia is having a good time!

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    BIG-E

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    Sweet wheelie!!

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Hilslamer making some adjustments.

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    Arizona landscapes.

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    Aprilia

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    Hilslamer snaps a couple.

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Riding down to Ajax mine.

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    Hilslamer

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    From atop the mine.

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    From below.

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    Hilslamer, from above.

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    Hilslamer, from the side. Somebody's got a ding.

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    Mil and Buddy.

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    One more at Ajax.

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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Nightstalker leads the group on one of his special "Options". But don't worry, he'll take your picture...

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    The hill wasn't that bad..

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    It was a dead end. Coming back down.

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    And then we dropped off this! It was insane!! Hilslamer went first.

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    He got some pictures from the bottom.

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    Nightstalker is half way down on the right, taking pictures.

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    From Nightstalker's vantage point.

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    Looking at Hilslamer.

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    The group eases their way down.

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    oldtimertc

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    Guy on blue bike.

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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Some of the guys found a way around the nasty downhill.

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    The CRF guy makes an attempt at going UP that hill!!! Sweet ass sweet!

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    Rounding up the troops.

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Meanwhile, Hilslamer is at the other end of the ridge collecting riders.

    Aprilia

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    oldtimertc

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    Blue bike guy.

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  9. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Nightstalker and the Tennessee boys [from Mesa] on their way in.

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    OUCH! That's going to leave a mark.

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    Hilslamer runs up to lend a hand.

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    His grip slid, giving him cruise control. Not so good for the downhills.

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  10. craftycoder

    craftycoder Motobrain PDU

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    I used to live in Tucson and that just looks stunning to me. I can't wait to get back there and ride. 30 days before I arrive in the Old Pueblo.
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  11. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Did I mention that we split up into two groups at the beginning of the day? Here's group 2 catching up with group 1 at box canyon bailout.

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    A bunch of us ran the Martinez Canyon option, which has a couple of tough spots, and trees, and leaves!!

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    Blue bike guy.

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    Yardstick

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    Aprilia

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    jrproper

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    BIG-E

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    KLR guy

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    XT250 guy

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    Mil T and Montek in the background.

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  12. GB

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    Love the desert!! Looks like a lot of fun.. thanks for sharing it with us :thumb
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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The trail back to the cabin gets a little rocky.

    BIG-E

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    No problem for BIG-E.

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    Montek

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    Mil T

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    ATV Guy

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    Yardstick

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  14. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    WOW! I agree thanks for sharing.

    This looks like a super fun place ride. Since I don't have cactus like this in my area I always enjoy seeing pictures like this.

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    Although I also think, dang it wouldn't be fun running into one of those "trees". :lol3
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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Hilslamer shots on the way to Martinez cabin.

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    At the cabin.

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    Dillon

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    Mil T and Swampfox61

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    oldtimertc

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  16. 4play

    4play Next?

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    Thanks for leading, documenting & herding cats!!!
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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    oldtimertc was going on and on and on about riding "The Luge". A few hardy fools decided to give it a go, oldtimertc was no where to be found though.

    The Luge, Nightstalker having second thoughts.

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    In my best George Takei voice, OH MY!

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    Hilslamer on his KTM 990 ADVENTURE goes first!

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    jrproper on his way.

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    John is in for a piece of the action.

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    Hilslamer, going back down.

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    jrproper still in the running!

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    This trail was INSANE!

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    Nightstalker was checking out this alternative line...

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    Technically, it's doable.

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    I think we're all done here.

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  18. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Spectacular! Today in Portland, OR it's grey, drippy, which changes to rain now an then, back to drippy. Did I mention it's grey.

    These photos area a day picker-upper.

    Thanks for taking the time to put that together. Let's me think that I'll get back there some day and will have new worlds to explore.
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  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We headed for Martinez mine. Here's the ATV guy on his way back out. I'm riding the ridge on the left.

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    Most of the guys parked and hiked.

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    But why hike when you can RIDE!! jrproper leads the way.

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    Back in the saddle.

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    Really, it's not that bad...

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    Hilslamer lends a hand.

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    Nightstalker takes an uneventful run at it.

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    John finishes off the group.

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    Approaching Martinez mine.

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    We're there!!

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    Nightstalker does his best Javalina impression.

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    Hilslamer and John in the back.

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    jrproper.

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    Nightstalker

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  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Leaving Martinez mine.

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