PHX - Oatman Massacre Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Nightstalker, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    14 riders assembled at the T/A on I-10 mile marker 103 west of Phoenix. 13 departed for parts remote and unknown.

    wallache - KTM 640 Adventure
    BIG-E - KTM 950 Adventure
    DOD - KTM 525 EXC
    Fuzzydude2 - KTM 525 EXC
    Levi - KTM 620 RXC
    noshoes - Honda XR650L
    kbblue - Kawasaki KLR650
    CrashDBad - KTM 950 SuperEnduro
    KTMSER - KTM 950 SuperEnduro
    Slowred - Honda 450X
    GOROVN - KTM 690
    olsonpt - KTM 950 SuperEnduro
    Nightstalker - KTM 950 Adventure

    Dillon@ZenMoto - KTM 950 Adventure - Is on-road restricted at the moment and made the chilly return trip to Phoenix.

    Most trailered to the truck stop on this frigid 30 degree morning but a few brave souls made the 50+ mile start on our bikes. Man, I just don't have cold weather gear for this any more.
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  2. goatdog

    goatdog PTO

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    A cold start

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    Getting ready to head out
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    A little to clean
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    At one of the stops
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    And another
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    Still cold out.
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    Food at Sofia's Mexican Food Gila Bend.
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    Full and ready to roll. 6 went one way and 7 the other. I think the six picked the better route :evil.
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    About 20 miles to go. Looking better dirty.

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  3. noshoes

    noshoes soñando con México

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    I guess I forgot to take any pix after the sunrise....

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    Thanks for a cold good ride.
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  4. Spartandude

    Spartandude Been here awhile

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    That looks like fun.


    Imagine doing that ride in an ox pulled wagon. I had never heard of the Oatmans and was curious about their sad massacre. So I found the folowing link. As the title would imply it isn't a happy tale.:cry
    http://www.discoverseaz.com/History/Oatman.html
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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    FuzzyDude2 and Levi enjoying a bufffet truckstop breakfast.

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    I was enjoying BACON!

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    The 620 was reluctant to start with a cold motor.

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    DOD brought CAKE!!

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  6. fuzzydude2

    fuzzydude2 CMA'er

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    Thanks everyone that helped! sure glad once it got warm, it was OK the rest of the day!:wings
    Had a great day!
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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    KTMSER and kbblue pulling into Sundad.

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    CrashDBad and GOROVN.

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    Ghost town Sundad.

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    wallache with his KTM 640 in the background.

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  8. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    You sure have some of the best off roading in the country!! I always enjoy your reports and pics :thumb
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  9. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Even no-mans-land is civilized now-a-days.

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    Heatless desert in all directions.

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    Searching for Oatman.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    FOUND IT!! The Oatman Massacre site is on the Butterfield Stage Coach route.

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    Also the Mormon Battalion Trail.

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    The trail crosses the Gila River flood plain between the mesas.

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    Wagonwheel marks etched in the rock.

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    Group shot. From left to right: GOROVN, olsonpt, Levi, wallache, Slowred, KTMSER, DOD, noshoes, BIG-E, kbblue, CrashDBad, FuzzyDude2, and Nightstalker.

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  11. perterra

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    Cool ride.
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  12. Nightstalker

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    Fourr gravesite.

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  13. Nightstalker

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    Coming into Gila Bend.

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  14. Wyobrew

    Wyobrew Missed it by that mu

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    Charlie! I see you brought your 525??? I know that a 525 is a good sized bike, but you do still have your 950SE don't you??

    Great RR and pics so far. I hope to see some of you guys in the coming weeks. I hope to escape from the Wyoming cold for a few weeks of AZ riding. I recognize KTMSer and CrashdBad and hope to ride with you guys again soon. (NS, you and I still have yet to ride, but soon...)

    More pics guys!

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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Nothing like 13 bikers all getting gas at the same time.

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    We got in late for lunch. I thought BIG-E was going to eat GOROVN!

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    Bikes bikes bikes!

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    Food food food!

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  16. Nightstalker

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    The group split with half returning to the truck stop via dirt and Painted Rock Dam and the other half taking the road past Gillespie Dam.

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    Bridge and Dam

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    On the bridge.

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    On the dam.

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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    After the dam our group split once again with half returning to their trailers at the truck stop and BIG-E, kbblue, and I riding back to Phoenix. Fun times. I'm glad we did the Sundad/Oatman Massacre loop and Gillespie Dam.
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  18. BIG-E

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    Man, I am glad that we got to the food! I was getting weak.....And the skinny guy's are the first to get eatin'...:lol3

    Bacon only takes a fella so far ya know?

    Thanks for the great ride Terry!

    Happy New Year Everyone!!
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  19. mesaliving

    mesaliving Making it happen

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    As always, awesome report! I always get my "Valley of the Sun" fixes reading your stuff bro. Say, Nightstalker, in some of your shots it looks as though you are using a fish-eye lens or something or are you just connecting via some panoramic software? Thanks again :D
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  20. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Thx for another great ride NS!

    And thx to Spencer for leading the dirt way out after the split. That was a blast!

    Slowred
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