I took a wrong turn coming out the bypass and noticed something was really not right with my bike as I turned it around. It was as if the engine was missing occasionally or something was hanging it up. Once on Log Corral Rd I took a closer look. My chain was drooping more than normal and the chain side adjuster was almost bottomed out! WTF?? Then the realization hit me... I changed my tire... which meant I had the axle out... which meant I... torqued... the axle nut? Aw CRAP! Out came the tools. My finger-tight axle nut made it almost 23 miles! Even more amazing to me was that the loose axle didn't take me out on one of those rocky hills with my compromised balance from the ear infection! I started actually appreciating my new rear tire with the axle locked down. From Log Corral Rd the overheated Nightstalker took the "easy" way back to the trucks. Tony and Jrproper follwed me back on Pickaxe! Which turns out to be ~2 miles shorter than taking the highway! This is the easiest section of it. There are lots of short, steep, rutted downhills with loose rocks, followed by short, steep, rutted uphills with embedded rocks. Sometimes the downs put you in rocky washes. Here's Jrproper crossing some boulders coming out of one of those.