PHX - Montana Mt - Pinal Peak - Pioneer Pass

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

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I've been eyeing up some dotted lines on my Delorme Gazetteer all summer in an area no-one seemed to have ridden. Pinal Peak at almost 8000 ft would be a great place to visit during the heat of the summer. Montana Mountain, a new favorite, is along the way and should round out the day.

    Today's players include:

    Glnn313 - KLR650
    DR650Eddy - DR650
    Cyberdos - DR650 (Welcome to AZ)
    AZCacti - 950SE
    Misery Goat - 950SE
    Mark S - 640ADV (picked up along the way)
    Nightstalker - 950ADV

    A great crowd for this ride!

    I left the house a 6AM to make the designated meeting point, McDonalds, of course, by 7AM. Traveling east, the sun was BLINDING!

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    McDonalds crew. Cyberdos flexing his muscles, he'd get plenty of muscle flexing later this day while picking up his bike.

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    Airing down the tires at Hewitt Station Road, we picked up Mark from Tuscan on his 640ADV.

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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Montana Mountain starts out easy enough, fast, long, straight, roller coaster ride.

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    I like to break the ice by being the first to hit the ground.

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    Cyberdos riding the sand, just like NJ.

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    Some photo's by AZCacti

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    In AZ, you have to ride sand and rocks! You don't have to squeeze between many trees though.

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We started a gradual ascent.

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Some photos by AZCacti

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    AzCacti & Misery Goat

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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    SuperEnduro

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    Now we're starting to climb!

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  7. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Omnia mea mecum porto Supporter

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I took a side trail to gain some elevation and snap some pictures.

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    Eddie decided to follow me.

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    Eddie heading back down the side trail.

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  9. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Mark

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    Eddie

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    Regrouping at a slippery switchback.

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    Here comes Misery Goat

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  10. drklr

    drklr MotoTrvlr

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    Thanks for posting the RR. Never tire of seeing how beautiful and wide open that part of the country is.

    Need some more pictures of Cyberdos picking up his bike. :rofl
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  11. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Misery Goat spun out on one of the switchbacks and needed to complete some repairs.

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    Blinker, MIA.

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    Up, up and away.

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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Stay tuned...there's video too!

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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Much more coming...
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  14. Jolly705

    Jolly705 Long timer

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    Anyone need a roommate in AZ :lol3 NJ does not look so good anymore :huh
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  15. DR650SEDDY

    DR650SEDDY ride2discover

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    awsome pics.Terry , i was looking up in z sky for clouds for possible T-storms :lol3
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  16. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Terry- I'll give you five dolla to not post any. 5 DOLLA! :lol3
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    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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  18. Lil' Steve

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    +1 We're all green with envy at the spectacular off-roading that's available to you guys. And legal to boot. I cant wait till my next visit out west.
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  19. redeye-az

    redeye-az Been here awhile

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    hey,.....make your next visit out west , october 25 & 26...to the high desert of arizona, elev, 5K' +-.....
    arizona trail riders (arizonatrailriders.com) is hosting a 2-day, gps, dual sport gathering in payson, arizona, that's smack dab in the geographic middle of az....
    should be a good time,
    it's a prelude to one of the ama national dualsport/ adventure ride events for next year...
    how do i know all this?...it's in my backyard and has a high # on the fun meter....
    i've ridden with some of these guys a little.........db
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  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    So, where was I before I was so rudely interrupted by the necessity to go to work...

    Let's start with some more pictures by AZCacti

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    We were getting ready to descend... We would be climbing back up the mountain in the distance.

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    AZCacti Video

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