PHX - I spit chew on your corpse

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, May 9, 2010.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The stars were in a most unusual alignment for yesterday's ride. What was supposed to be an easy, half day ride, turned into a struggle for survival.

    The riders:

    jrproper - KTM 570
    Mil T- KTM 530
    Javalina - Honda 450R
    Nightstalker - Honda 450X

    Our primary destination was Sunflower Mine, everything else was gravy. I had been there before on my 950, http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=460581, which was really difficult, and retreated instead of completing the loop. Turns out that was a good choice because continuing would have meant death to the 950!

    Only 37 miles total!

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    Lots of up and down.

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    Mil with his Redneck EnGANeariN airbox cover.

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    jrproper is sporting a trials tire for today's ride. That would be a wise choice!

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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Rocks are still there from last year. Mil goes first.

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    Javalina

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Rocks are a common theme on this trail.

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    There's a line through, but it's narrow.

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    jrproper

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  4. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Tough going on those boulders!! :eek1
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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    This scene was repeated throughout the day. As Javalina was riding along, a branch caught his front brake lever and yanked his handlebars. He went down hard and fast! I was right behind him and it was surreal!

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    Sunflower Mine mecury processing equipment.

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    Cinnabar separator.

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    Giant chain to remove ore from separator.

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  6. ZONKR

    ZONKR Been here awhile

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    You guys are nuts. But I mean that in a good way.:lol3
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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    More from Sunflower.

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Let's ride up to the mine shafts!

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  9. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    There were 3 shafts. This was the first we investigated.

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    After going back a ways, there was a deep hole.

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    Bats were hanging from the ceiling and flying around the interior.

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    Mil watching the bat flying above his head.

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  10. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Shaft #2, this went back farther than I could go without my flashlight.

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    You can see the rail line in the floor.

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    Shaft #2. Didn't go too far, but had rail installed up to the end.

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  11. prometheus rising

    prometheus rising Ghost In The Machine

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    :freaky Hard core ! My hats off to you guys, bring it on:clap
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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We followed some side trails into the hills.

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    I wonder where that trail goes?? We would soon find out.

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    Mil and I waiting for the others.

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  13. locopostie

    locopostie Been here awhile

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    Wow, what a cool ride.
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  14. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Javalina

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    Crazy red, quartz imbedded, rock.

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    Halloween mineshaft.

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    I'm not going in there!

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    Javalina giving geology lesson.

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    Looks like we found the Wilderness boundary. BASTARDS!!!

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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Oh, we haven't got to the good stuff yet.
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  16. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Heading back down to the 25A trail to continue our journey...

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    Thank you Honeywell 4wd Club.

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    Are we back to rocky creek bed again?

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    Oh yes we are.

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    Mil stuck under his bike.

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    jrproper

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    Nightstalker is not immune to crashing on rocks.

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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Traffic jam.

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    We had a lot of fun watching the 4x4 guys navigate this trail.

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  18. rattlecan

    rattlecan Caffeine Driven

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  19. goner

    goner addict

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    :lurk Looks like i missed a good one.
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  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Time for the bikes to go through. jrproper.

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    jrproper video!

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