Payson - ShowLow 2 Day

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by phxman, May 20, 2012.

  1. phxman

    phxman "Rocks are my Friends"

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    This was kind of a last minute replacement ride for a WMAT DS I had originally planned. Because some of us already had the time off I put together a two day Payson/ShowLow ride on routes I had never ridden but just found on Garmin Topo, Google Earth, and FS maps. The plan was to stay South of Hwy 260 as I've always wondered what was there, especially after the Rodeo Chediski fire. Turns out a whole bunch of good riding is whats there, Day 1 turned into a 160 mile day and Day 2 120. :D

    Here's a few pictures from the ride.

    The players were myself, Eric Blatt, Dan Poole, Terry Madman Zechman, and Pete Markmann
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    Colcord Mtn fire Tower
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    Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery
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    Canyon Creek
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    Black Canyon Lake
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    Along Black Canyon Lake road
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    The Rodeo Chediski burn area trying to come back to life.
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    A home that did not survive the fire
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    This is an example of the roads we found. We rode everything from graded bladed to quad trail. I love Google Earth :)
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    This was a lot of fun and we found some very cool routes for future rides.
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  2. Bigbugberg

    Bigbugberg De oppresso liber Supporter

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    Good time ride!

    I don't think I'll be going back to Show low with all the people carrying swords and all!:rofl
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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Hey, did someone say my name???

    High country ride with the ATR boys!

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Hey look! I found some more photos! I guess I had a little too much Canadian whiskey...

    Pete was there.

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    Eric was ready to go!

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    Don was a little paranoid about his leaking chain.

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    Dan loves breakfast and fancy flip flops!

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Captains log, stardate : Friday.

    Everyone was itching to hit the road.

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    The lookout tower was staffed, but they weren't accepting visitors.

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    Don was trying to talk the Forest Rangers into letting him put an ATR sticker on the helicopter.

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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Bull Flats fire.

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    Deep water crossing enroute to the fish [steve] hatchery.

    Dan - all business - Poole

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    Showboat Pete.

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    Eric passes between the double waterfalls.

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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Giant fish hanging on the wall.

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    Tasty fish hanging on the wall.

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    Follow the fish!

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    Captive audience.

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Rodeo/Chediski fire damage.

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    Somebody blew a fuse.

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    Hey! This looked like a road on Google Earth!

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  9. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Awesome two track near Show Low.

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  10. Nightstalker

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    After checking into the hotel and cleaning up, the crew quickly invaded the Mexican restaurant next door.

    Beer round.

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    Margarita round.

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    "Make mine a double double!"

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    Savanna was awesome!

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    Highly recommended!

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  11. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Preparing for departure!

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    We ran into this, off the beaten path.

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    It had a strange symbol etched on it.

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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Elk crossing, honest!

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    Suspected to be miles and miles of Old Verde Road. AWESOME!

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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Sweet Payson trails!

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    Nearly done.

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  14. Nightstalker

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  15. RZRob

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    Looks like a ton of fun. I did that area a few years ago on my street bike. I can only imagine how much fun it was. I remember Lake Mary Rd. was awesome.

    RZ Rob

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  16. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Short video from near Payson on day 2.

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  17. booniebasher

    booniebasher Been here awhile

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    keep up the good work
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  18. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Nice RR and pics!:clap

    Hey NS, I could't get the video to work. It says currently unavailable??
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