PHX - Boulder's Death March

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Nightstalker, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I thought the time to start riding again in the Valley of Sun was upon us. I thought WRONG!!

    I spent part of the day watching the temperature climb on my Trailtech Vapor...

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    Of course, it wasn't really 131 degrees out, but it sure felt like it!
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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We got a 7 o'clock start, which wasn't early enough. But it really didn't make much of a difference. The temps climb so quickly, as soon as the sun crests the horizon, it's already too hot!

    Riding today...

    Goner - Yamaha WR450
    Big-E - Yamaha WR450
    B-K - Suzuki RMX250
    Javalina - Honda 450R
    Nightstalker - Honda 450X

    Goner and Big-E

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    B-K puts every other rat bike owner I've ever known to shame!

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Big-E on the trail.

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    B-K had a stow-a-way.

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We started the day on Loop 2. Big-E going by...

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    Goner

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    Javalina

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    B-K crashed and broke off his clutch perch.

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    It didn't keep him from making it up the hill!

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    There it is!

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    We can fix that. Nightstalker prepping some Qwick Steel.

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    That didn't seem to be working, so we fell back to the old standard, duct tape.

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    Ready to ride.

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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Javalina

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    Loop 2 has some rocky sections. The first half is mostly flat.

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    B-K

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    Javalina

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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Big-E in the sand wash.

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    Goner

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Oooooooo, my new Alpinestar Tech 3 boots.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We headed back to the trucks...

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    B-K and Big-E needed to bail out.

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  10. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Loop 2 Map

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    Elevation Profile

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    I FEEL your pain...:bow
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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Goner, Javalina, and I went back out for more abuse.

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    Javalina

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    Didn't quite make it all the way...

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    Good to go on the 2nd attempt.

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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Goner

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    Javalina

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    Goner in the distance.

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  14. Nightstalker

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    Goner and I capturing Javalina.

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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Trail 11

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    Goner

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  16. Nightstalker

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    Javalina crests the climb!

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    It was about here that we decided to take the easy way out. HA!

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    Easy riding...except for that hill in the distance.

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  17. Nightstalker

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    Sign of things to come...

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    There's a trail in there somewhere.

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    Temp check

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  18. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Goner - Whatever line works, take it!

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    The temperature was inversely proportional to my energy level.

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  19. Nightstalker

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    Goner goes UP!

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    This hill nearly killed Javalina!

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    He shows it who's the boss on this run.

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  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    And if that hill didn't suck enough, there was this one.

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    Javalina

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    Argh, too hot to sweat, must make nasty hill or die...

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    I made it, woo hoo. View from the top.

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    Javalina at the bottom.

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    Any line is a good line if you get to the top!!

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