PHX - Bulldog Canyon - Dirtydog Tribute Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The weather couldn't be better for a ride in Arizona. I first rode Bulldog one year ago with Dirtydog and ChopperCopper and had a blast! I can't believe that it's taken me a whole year to get back out there. Why not make it a tribute ride for a much missed Dirtydog (he's in Oklahoma now).

    All great rides start at McDonalds, including today!

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    Lots of great riders showed up for some abuse, I mean fun!

    ChopperCopper - KTM640
    Joe - Rhino
    Javalina - KLR650
    Cyberdos - DRZ400
    RealtorGordonB - DRZ400
    RedEye-AZ - KTM690
    Yardstick - KTM625
    Earlybird (I made that up, I can't remember) - KLX250
    Nightstalker - KTM950

    With National Forest passes in hand, we congregated at the west gate entrance on Usery Pass Road.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We started on the sandy side of the OHV area.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    And the sand continued:

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We lost RedEye, he wasn't having a good time fighting his way through the deep sand. It's a shame, I'm sure he would have loved the rocks! I had been looking forward to the rocky sections, but they were much worse than I had remembered from last year.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The hills seemed steeper too.

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    Regrouping.

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    Earlybird signing off, he must have had a premonition of things to come...

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    The rocks were extreme, and so was the scenery!

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    This hill was nasty last year.

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    It was worse this year!!

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    Finally at the south gate, we took advantage of the play area to do some monkey business.

    RealtorGordonB is a maniac on that DRZ!!

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    ChopperCopper takes the plunge!

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    And the rest of the gang.

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    Cyberdos and I ran off in search of BIG AIR. Ok, it's big bike big air.

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    Oh no!!!

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    Gordon hit a little snag.

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    His chain broke and cut a hole in his engine. Oil was blowing out like mad when he tried to start the motor.

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    Gordon was in good spirits, none the less.

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    ChopperCopper Been here awhile

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    Good work today as always Terry. It was good to meet everyone today. Alan, shoot me a PM about that Pirelli when you have time.:evil Mike T.
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    So, Gordon hitched a ride from Joe in the Rhino back to his van at the west gate. Chopper hung out with the disabled DRZ. Cyberdos, Yardstick, Javalina, and I took off to check out FS1356.

    The first dead end.

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    Looking back up at the boys.

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    Returning back to the last split.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The other leg of the split kind of disintegrated in a hurry. Relentless, we pressed on...

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    There was a trail, of sorts...

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    Nightstalker, you're doing a great job, why don't you keep leading...yeah, single track is ok...sure, looks like horses may have been through here at one time...

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    Nightstalker get's his picture taken.

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    Cyberdos up next.

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    Javalina.

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    Yardstick finishes it off.

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    Quote of the ride, "Technically, it's doable" - Nightstalker.

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