Sheep's Bridge, Arizona

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  1. sstrangee

    sstrangee Adventurer

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    This Sunday (2/2/2014), a couple of dual sports and a couple of aggressive side-by-sides are heading to Sheep's Bridge and back via 7 Springs (FR24) and Bloody Basin (FR269).

    I consider myself a decent technical rider, while the other dual sport is pretty noobish to dual sporting. The side-by-sides on the other hand, my 13 year daughter could drive. :)

    How is the ride on this route? Is it wide enough for side-by-sides all the way to the bridge? Could someone with a new dual sport skill set be able to transverse 7 Springs (I know they could easily handle south of Cave Greek Campground, which I've been to several times) and Blood Basin all the way to the Verde?

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. DurtKlod

    DurtKlod Long timer

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    The road is easily wide enough for side by sides. Watch out for Sunday traffic. The road is easily doable for a dualsport noob except there is a somewhat rocky couple of miles a little after you turn off of 7 springs and onto Bloody Basin.
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  3. 2 SPOT

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    there are a few little parts here and there to keep an eye out for, creek crossings, rocky'ish sections, its a moderate ride for a beginner rider.
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  4. psycleboy

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    Watch out for the couple of water crossings at seven springs, concrete and algae. Surprisingly slippery and could plop you down in a hurry (ask me how I know). Also check out the hot springs down by the river.
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  5. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    Hot springs on this route? Where?
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  6. psycleboy

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    As you ride towards the bridge, on your left there's a sandy beach with a kind of bamboo forest. In that bamboo stuff there's a small pool someone has dug out and built a bench. Kind of stinks though (sulphur, rotten-eggy) and I've been told that sometimes you'll stumble across naked folks...
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  7. DurtKlod

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    Years ago, there was a neat trail/tunnel through the bamboo stuff and somebody had put in a bathtub and built up a little patio area... pretty cool. Then it flooded and washed it all away.
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  8. 2 SPOT

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    and before that there was a nice stone and cement structure with two tubs that dated back to the '30's. most likely built by the sheep herders. i remember holding my boyfriends hand as we soaked in the two tubs watching the stars at nite.
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  9. DR650SEDDY

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    :lol3...:rofl
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  10. AZ TOM

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    Never noticed anything like that out at Sheep's Bridge. I guess way back when that's where the saying, AZ where Men are Men & the sheep are nervous :eek1
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  11. mr.slowpokey

    mr.slowpokey Been here awhile

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    Its not too difficult, just take it slow. And yes, watch out for traffic, quads and side by sides. I did it a couple years ago as a noob on my klr. If I can do it, most anyone can. :D Have done it several times since and no big deal.
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  12. Kevinsterner

    Kevinsterner Been here awhile

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    Traffic is the biggest danger. Be careful around blind corners. Also I was there last week and just west of the T intersection of 269 and 24 is a huge rut across the road. It will sneak up on you and it is deep. It is less than 1/8 mile from the intersection.
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  13. sstrangee

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    Thanks for the info guys! We changed out time to Saturday due to the Superbowl... Go figure! :)

    If you're up that way, see ya Saturday!
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  14. mr.slowpokey

    mr.slowpokey Been here awhile

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    Superbowl, whats that? :lol3 Going riding.
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  15. 2 SPOT

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    well i'd maybe see ya sunday if ya werent all gayed out on men in tights slapping each other on the ass,,,,, no thanks, i'll ride.
    besides the superbowl should help reduce the traffic from thos guys, you know, the bud light crowd.
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  16. DR650SEDDY

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    :lol3 U red my mind, u forgot jumping on each others too:rofl...I'll see u on Sunday :ricky.
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  17. AZ4us

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    2 SPOT & DR650SEDDY: "I remember holding my boyfriends hand as we soaked in the two tubs watching the stars at nite" :rofl
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  18. 2 SPOT

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    You jealous? I can make time for you baby:wink:
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  19. DR650SEDDY

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    Levio You're always confused come join us so we can straight things out :rofl...
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  20. AZ4us

    AZ4us AZ Explorer

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    I think DR650SEDDY is a better candidate :rofl
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