PHX - Mingus Mountain, Smiley Rock Trail, Jerome

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Nightstalker, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    It was 110 degrees in the Valley of the Sun yesterday. Heading north to higher elevations, we were rewarded with cooler temps and almost constant cloud cover. Five riders would attack Mingus Mountain, Jerome, and the Smiley Rock Trail.

    Jaybiker - KTM 525
    Yardstick - KTM 450 Supertanker
    Jrproper - KTM 570
    Goner - Yamaha WR450
    Nightstalker - Honda 450X

    Staging with Mingus Mountain in the background.

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    My battery was dead and the bike wasn't in the mood to kick start. Everone took a turn.

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    Teamwork!

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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Jrproper got a tubeless flat on the trail to Cherry Road.

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    We tried pumping up the tubliss sealing tube.

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    No luck there. Time to disassemble.

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    Removing the tubliss system revealed that it split at the seam.

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    A little slime makes a big sticky mess.

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    All tubed up.

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Riding through the pines near Cherry.

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    Opens up as we climb Mingus Mountain.

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Starting our descent into Jerome.

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    Nightstalker

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    413 - Primative Road, not suitable for passenger motorcycles, unless you're Yardstick (who rode his 950 2 up down this trail).

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Jerome in the distance.

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    Guys on the trail.

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    Bridge

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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Just about to Jerome, looking back.

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    Some panoramas.

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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Jrproper want to prove he was just as good at getting a flat with a tube as he is with the tubliss.

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    Back in business, let's find some lunch!

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    For those who haven't been to Jerome before, DON'T BRING YOUR 40 RV!

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    The Mile High Grill would be our stop for lunch today.

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    Jayburger had chicken fingers.

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    Jrproper LOVES the Mile High Grill.

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    Yardstick is happy to be back from a month of riding in ALASKA! Where's that ride report buddypal?

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    Goner knows how to lunch.

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    Last shot of Jerome. Off to Smiley Rock Trail.

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  9. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Got to run to work. More report soon.
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  10. Gizmo

    Gizmo Hermes

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    Thanks for sharing and nice pix. Some nice riding up that way.
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  11. Yardstick

    Yardstick Hydrophobic

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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We rode Perkinsville Road out of town, up to the Smiley Rock Trail.

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    Playing around in a dried up water hole.

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    Yardstick tries to jump over jrproper.

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    Jaybiker goes skyward.

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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Boulder garden in Martin Canyon. It wasn't that bad.

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    jrproper

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    Yardstick

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    Hey, what's this by my front tire??

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    I wonder what the other end looks like?

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  14. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Boulder video

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    Last picture of Smiley Rock Trail. It was lots of fun!

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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Crossing over 89A at the high point.

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    Potty break.

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    Some pics on the way back to Cherry over Mingus Mountain.

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    We picked up jrproper's tubliss system on the way back to the trucks.

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  16. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Just under 100 miles total.

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    Elevation profile.

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  17. goner

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    100 mile's.. no wonder I was tired last night. We cought a break with that cloud cover and had some comfortable temps. I went thru my pics, only have one keeper. Thanks for putting that together I have never ridden up that way. goner

    Yardstick thru the "easy section"
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  18. ybracing

    ybracing Been here awhile

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    Wow, looks like I missed a good one. I had to vacate to Vegas for a few days :( . Thanks for the ride report. It helps when you can't join in on the fun.
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  19. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    Great RR Terry. Now I have to read the RR that Yardstick is working on.
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  20. Yardstick

    Yardstick Hydrophobic

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    I have a few to add before I get back to the Alaska report. :evil

    Here, goner shows his mad kickstart skills on Nightstalker's reluctant CRF.
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    Success!
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    But for how long?
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    Looks like it was still running at this point, but it didn't last. I think jrproper finally got it to stay lit.
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    On the trail to Cherry Rd. some workers were filling in mine shafts in the area with some kind of expanding foam. It must have been a pretty active area to have needed this kind of a retaining wall!
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    The start toward Jerome.
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    Going down.
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    Nightstalker lurks in the bushes.
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