PHX - Hassayampa River Castle Hot Springs

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    All great rides start and end with food. Today would be a great ride!!

    Cyberdos and Big-E

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    Blue Streak and Waitress

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    It all happened at the Cowboy Cafe in Wickenburg, AZ.

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  2. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    well, if food is the hallmark of a good ride, then it looks like you guys had a frickin' blast. you definately need to fill the tank on strenuous rides!:clap
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  3. GB

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    let's see some of your ride :dearl

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  4. BIG-E

    BIG-E AKA; Mongo-E, Sexy Grande Supporter

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    Oh Just wait.....

    When the nightstalker posts up the photo's, it will be quite a fun little "EASY" ride!

    Thanks guy's it was a blast! Espically the box caynon! Dearl, I wish that you could have gone with us! Any snow up North?? It was beautiful down here today!!

    Thanks for the concern Spence.

    See you all on the next one!!

    WOW, thats a clean 990...not so much now ;-(
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  5. Rat Bones

    Rat Bones Been here awhile

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    Dude, that is a awesome pic of Cyberdos and Big-E

    wish I could had made the ride, but had to prep for mine on Monday. Big-E you ready!

    :slurp:lurk PUI Loadin up.:freaky
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  6. BrassAss

    BrassAss Lost, but not forgotten

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    :lurk I'm waiting... my parents live down there in Wickenburg and I ride down there alot in the winter. Great place to ride, the box canyon and areas around Wickenburg... bring on the pictures. Here's a picture from our ride last spring.
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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    It was just the 4 of us that showed up for today's ride.

    Big-E - KTM990
    Cyberdos - DR650
    Blue Streak - DRZ400
    Nightstalker - KTM950

    I had planned an easy ride today, but easy it was to talk my compatriots into an exploratory diversion up the Hassayampa River to the famed Box Canyon.

    What we found was lots of deep sand and gravel.

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Wide expanses, FAST riding.

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  9. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    And then we found water in the desert! There was much rejoicing!!

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  10. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The secret canyon...

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    Box video!

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  11. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Continuing right along.

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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I knew that the river turned into Wilderness at some point. My GPS was showing a route that would connect up with a road that we wanted to get to, so we continued on. Found the fence designating the Wilderness area, and attempted to find the route that stayed south of the Wilderness.

    That foray ended quickly and we mounted a retreat.

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    Big-E getting that MONSTER 990 turned around.

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    Cyberdos and Blue Streak waiting for the quarter-ton'rs to get turned around.

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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I believe that this was the only crash of the day. Captured for eternity.

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    Some more Hassayampa shots.

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  14. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We made a stop at "The Campsite".

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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We actually did manage to make it onto our planned route.

    Blue Tank Road.

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    Somewhere between Constellation Mine Road and Castle Hot Springs Road.

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  16. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Oh, and then I missed a turn. Cyberdos and I wandered into a narrow wash before I got Blue Streak and Big-E stopped.

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    No, we're not coming down there...

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    Cyberdos faked a broken wing and the guys ran down to help. "Dude, how do you keep your tire so round?"

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    So, we had to find a way out. Did I mention that it was narrow?

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    Yeah, it was steep and sandy too.

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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    It was an even tighter fit for the 950.

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    Cyberdos was going to leave me behind, but I caught him while he was trying to escape.

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    But I snuck out the back way to freedom.

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  18. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Castle Hot Springs Road.

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    The faster you go, the fewer photos you take. We were moving plenty fast...

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    Cyberdos, King of all he surveys.

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    Castle Hot Springs Resort. Not a very good picture I'm afraid.

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  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The real payoff. MORE FOOD!!

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    Burgers and beers never tasted so good!

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    Perfect ride today guys!! It doesn't get any better than that!
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  20. BrassAss

    BrassAss Lost, but not forgotten

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    :clapGreat ride report. Seeing the Hassayampa Box makes me want to load up the bikes and get down there. It will probably have to wait until January. Nice pictures.
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