PHX - El Camino Del Diablo

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Nightstalker, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    What could be better than riding the legendary El Camino Del Diablo, Highway of the Devil???

    How about riding it twice, once in each direction!! 300 miles total. About 260 of that off road. Probably 200 of that in the SAND!

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  2. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    What could be better? Lets see the rest of the ride report and then we can give you an answer..
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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I didn't take any pictures.

    PYSCH!
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  4. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    Waiting for some good photos and ride report. I am sure it will be very interesting to say the least..:evil
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  5. fuggy

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    How about riding the pipeline road from Ajo to Casa Grande? If you liked the Devil's Highway, you'll enjoy the 95-mile pipeline route. You don't even need permits, sand/silt not a problem, pronghorn sheep and wild burro's along the route, and sometimes you even run into drug smugglers and illegal aliens wandering across the desert. :evil

    The cabeza prieta wilderness is beautiful, but highly overated and overpriced IMHO.
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  6. Yardstick

    Yardstick Hydrophobic

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    I was thinking this would make a good big bike ride, but I don't know about fighting that much sand.

    On with the pics! :lurk
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  7. torgo

    torgo Adventurer

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    I'm in. After watching NS ride this ought to be good.:lurk
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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    OK, I took some photos. This was an ATR role call ride including, EsconDeasy, PHXMAN, Ryan, Steve, Father Goose, Eric, and Nightstalker. This was an unsupported ride, so we had to cover our own asses should something go wrong. The biggest concern was the 137 miles between gas stops and what kind of gas mileage we'd get riding in that much sand.

    Nightstalker, Honda 450X

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    EsconDeasy, Honda 650L

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    PHXMAN, KTM 450

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    Eric, KTM 450

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    Ryan, KTM 525
    Father Goose, Husky 610

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    Steve, Honda 650L

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  9. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We started in Ajo and headed for the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It's a fast, wide bladed graded dirt road.

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    Hey PHXMAN, which way to Bates Well??

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    OK, lets go!

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  10. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Welcome to Bates Well.

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    Here's the interesting story of conflict of interest between a private citizen and the government, with the citizen winning the conflict.

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    The ranch is in surprisingly good condition for its age and there are signs of restoration in progress.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Next stop, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.

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    Lots of Border Patrol vehicles and surveillance stations.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Welcome to Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge!

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    Before entering the Refuge, you need to obtain a permit that allows you access to both the Refuge and to the Barry M. Goldwater Range. The permit is free, however, you must go in person, watch a video, and sign a release (in about 100 places) of liability in case you blow yourself up on unexploded ordinance and they accidentally drop a bomb on you.

    We read that travel across the Refuge is limited to groups of 5 so we split into two groups of 4 and 3. Each group with the resources to sustain itself in case of problems.

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  13. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    Why the little bike and not the 950? Where is this area?
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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Great question! I was thinking it would be a great route for the big bike. However, there is copious amounts of SAND, so I was concerned. I was smart to be concerned and take the 450. I had a great time on the 450, the 950 would have been A LOT of work. The guys on 650's were not enjoying the sand so much.
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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Awesome! Can't wait to see the report!
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    The sand really started once we hit the CPNWR.

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    Lots of green!

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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    And then the steel grates. OMG! Trying to ride on these was pure TERROR! Fortunately, there was plenty of room on the side.

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    These emergency call boxes were located throughout the range.

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    The Border Patrol drags the sandy parts of the road regularly to look for footprints. All I know is that there's nothing better than riding on a freshly dragged road!!

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    One of the Border Patrol stations.

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  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Vastness...

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    Black hills contrast the tan sand.

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    This section would be terrible if it were wet.

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  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    And then we hit the moon dust. WOW! Was this hard to ride through!

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    Father Goose, relieved to reach terra firma again!

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