PHX - Attack on Fort Tule

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Nightstalker, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Slowred and Refokus joined me in a tour of the lesser traveled roads around Fort Tule.

    Fun fast jeep roads.

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    Great scenery.

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    Plenty of gates to open and close.

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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Fort Tule reached. We would have to continue on foot from here.

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    A little exploration is in order.

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    Wait a tick! What's that wall made of? Tin cans?

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    So, I had told Slowred that I had seen another way out of here on the map. Where could it be? Slowred has an idea. Eventually, we left the way we came.

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  3. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    This was a great ride. I little hot at the end of the ride and running out of water though. I have some photos of some nasty rocks to get loaded up and post. Thanks for the awesome ride and the great company. :clap
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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We continued on our way. The jeep roads started to become more interesting.

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    Arriving at an intersection, I mentioned that one of the branches was supposed to return to the cabin. Someone suggested we check it out. After a few rocks, the cabin was again in sight.

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    At the end of the road, we couldn't find a way to connect it to the original trail we came in on. Slowred had a suggestion though.

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Could this be the way? Unlikely.

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    We gave up and returned to the bikes.

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    Returning to the last split.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    There was an imposing rocky hill that needed to be climbed.

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    Slowred and I got about half way up and stopped to wave Refokus off. We would have to find another way. Slowred returning to the bottom.

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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    On the plan B route, we came to the top of this hill. Going down and coming to another dead end would mean we'd have to climb this to live. We decided to just live.

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    Refokus helping Slowred get turned around.

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    Slowred returns.

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Can't stay awake. Must finish tomorrow...
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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We took a side trail and ended up at this mine.

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    Great place for a break.

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    Returning to the bikes, we found Refokus had a flat front tire. Not to worry, we had plenty of tools and tubes.

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  10. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Gauging station in wash.

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    Exploring more side trails. Bummer.

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  11. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    More side trails.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    It was starting to get hot and we were running low on water...

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    Heading back to the main roads.

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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We ran into some of the local residents.

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    45 mile day. Lots of fun!

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  14. HamboneSlim

    HamboneSlim ಠ_ಠ

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    OK now, that looks like a really fun ride. I'm guessing the body armor is required gear for such rocky terrain.

    Even when it's 114F.:knary
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  15. Yardstick

    Yardstick Hydrophobic

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    Hey, I have a picture like that!
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    From trying to catch you on a different ride a couple years ago!
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  16. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    Here are a few more photos of the ride from my view. It was an awesome ride and I was definately relieved to get to the trucks when we did. I checked my water when I arrived and had like 6 oz of water left, and I was conserving the last two hours of the ride. I started out with 100 oz.

    Here is Nightstalker and Slowred heading in to check out the condo that had a structure or tin cans to hold the concrete in place. Slowred was also showing us the edit to the sign which it should have read;
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    The garage, seen it's better days;
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    Here is a close up of the structural element to keep the concrete in place
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    Slowred and Nightstalker looking for a way out
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    No luck, we had to climb back out of the hole
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    To get to this. I was waved off at this point and relieved I didn't have to continue on
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    NS getting turned around and ready for a photo shoot to get Slowred coming down the steep section
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    Slowred navigating the rock
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    Here come Nightstalker
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    After getting back to a section of the trail Slowred is telling NS that we could have went that way,
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    We have the tires to do it
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    Off they go to the really nast hill
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    and here it is
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    Looking down the other edge
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    Here is NS turning around. I climbed down to get a good perspective of the drop off
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    Ready to ride back up
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    After fixing the flat and heading to another trail I shot this photo of the Castle Hot Springs resort I think. We were up on a nasty ridge trying to make our way down, but eventually turned around. I was relieved, hot and running out of water.
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    That's the last of my pictures as I was just looking to get out of the heat and back to get some cold water. After the ride, we stopped for a Burger and a Beer but we were all so hungry that no one shot a photo of the food. The beer was the best part. Thanks to Nightstalker, he had some cash so I could eat and drink. Thanks Buddy Pal!
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  17. benwiggin2

    benwiggin2 Brock Warwick

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    I always look forward to you guys' (NSRides) RR's.

    But now I'm pretty sure, you are all insane. 114f?

    Couple of questions re: trials tires-

    how many rides do you get out of them?
    No problem running knobby up front, and trials in rear?
    What is the primary advantage, harder for a rock to puncture, or traction, or both or what?

    Thanks in advance!
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  18. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    The body armor is required all the time. But when your hand gets in a staghorn cactus on the trail, the gloves just dont seem to help much. It hurts like hell for a few minutes. ATGATT.....
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  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Your ride from then inspired this ride buddy! Wish you could have been with us!

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  20. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    The trials tires work really well on the steep, loose, rocky climbs that are in abundance around here. Knobby's tend to just dig holes on those hills. Easier to get a pinch flat, and not great in deep sand, but a great trade off. They also, last forever compared to the knobby's we tend to shred after a few rides.
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