PHX - Riding "The Luge"

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  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Back in December, while on the Coke Ovens Massacre ride, http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=535122, a few of us tried to ride up "The Luge".

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    Yesterday we would return to run "The Luge" in the proper direction. Getting there would be a difficult task. It would take us over 2 hours to complete the 3 mile loop. The scenery was stunning. The rocks were huge. It was a little bike ride for sure.

    The group was 3:

    Yardstick - KTM 450
    jrproper - KTM 570
    Nightstalker - Honda 450X

    We started in from Florence, AZ on Price Station road. Traffic on this graded/bladed dirt road was unusually high this morning. We found out why soon enough, we were competing with The Society of Creative Anachronism's Estrella War, http://www.estrellawar.org/.

    Yardstick gazes over the parking area.

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    These folks are serious about their fun.

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    Soon enough we were in Box Canyon, which due to recent rains, still had some water running through it.

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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The lure of exploration was in the air. The guys followed me on a short side trip into a narrow canyon.

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    The end came soon enough...or was it the beginning?

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    We decided this was a route best completed from the other direction.

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Returning to Box Canyon, we made our way towards Martinez Mine.

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    Box Canyon was full of ATV and 4x4's.

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    jrproper waiting for Yardstick and I to catch up.

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    Yardstick, wet and wild!

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    A short break at Martinez Cabin, imagining the peril that awaits...

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    Off to Martinez Mine.

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    jrproper loves the rocks.

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    Finally through all that. It should get easier from here, Nightstalker assured his colleagues (insert evil laugh).

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Martinez Canyon is spectacular!

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    jrproper on a, not so easy, water obsticle.

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    It was much deeper than it looked.

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    Safe and sound on the other side.

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    Yardstick takes the high line.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    To come down The Luge, we'd have to first get to the TOP of the mountain. Starting our long ascent.

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    A long, rocky, ascent.

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    Yardstick navigates the switchbacks.

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    jrproper way out ahead.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Columbia Mine below.

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    Taking a break at what we thought was the top, jrproper drains the water from his boots.

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    The bikes get a rest too.

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    The road ahead looks pretty good!

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    After a short drop past Silver Bell Mine, we found the final climb to the top of the mountain. Yardstick.

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    jrproper

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    Looking down at the switchbacks.

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    The top is near, it has to be!

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    Yeah! We're there!

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  10. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The Luge awaits!

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    Stay tuned for more!
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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    jrproper was first to The Luge.

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    It's really steeper than it looks.

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    Safe and sound.

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    Yardstick up next.

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    Past the hard part...sort of...

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    At the bottom! Woohoo!

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    wachs just passin' through

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    gnarly good ride there! :clap
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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Having finished The Luge, we set off to find the other side of the "dead end" canyon we were in earlier. It had a few difficult spots of its own.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Thank god there was a fence blocking the trail, I might have been tempted to continue.

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    Really, we could have made that.

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    Time to turn back. I was thinking that going back UP the wash was going to be harder than coming DOWN was. I would be correct on that assumption.

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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I was already tired, the ride back was challenging.

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  18. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    jrproper picked up a passenger along the way.

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    Finally, we climbed out of the wash.

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  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Heading back through Box Canyon.

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  20. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Got a flat on the way back to the truck. I didn't feel like stopping to fix it, so I just rode it back.

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    The culprit.

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