Yankee Doodle, Battle Flat, and Crown King

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Nightstalker, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Met up with goner and Jaybiker yesterday to do some riding in the cooler altitudes of the Bradshaw Mountains north of Phoenix.

    goner - Yamaha WR450
    Jaybiker - KTM 525
    Nightstalker - Honda 450X

    Saw some javelina between Poland Junction and Breezy Pines on the way to staging. My regular riding buddy Javalina is currently on a 20 day ride to Alaska and back.

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    Getting ready.

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    Goner led us down an awesome jeep road to the start of Yankee Doodle.

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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Start of upper Yankee Doodle, 3 1/2 miles south to north. It would take us 90 minutes to reach Poland Road.

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    Goner riding blue, Jaybiker on orange.

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    It was 92 degrees when I left Phoenix at 6:00AM. I don't know what the temp was here, but it sure felt hot in the sun!

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    Uphill, steep uphill, in the distance.

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    Lots of drops and rocks too!

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    No ATVs or Side by Sides on this trail!

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    Great views!

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Jaybiker big log crossing.

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    2nd attempt, up and over!

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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Another Jaybiker log crossing series.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Taking a break in the shade. Ohh the trail was so tight in places!!

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    Goner got stuck at the top of this long hill.

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    I managed to squeeze by him, with minimal contact.

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    Jaybiker finishes Yankee Doodle off!

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Next stop, Battle Flat!

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We blasted through Battle Flat and BOOM, we were on Peck Mine Road.

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    Goner had a bad crash! He's OK!

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    Goner running strong. Front way to Crown King switch backs in the distance.

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    Jaybiker descends past Swastika Mine.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Lunch in Crown King.

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    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    After Crown King, we took a spin up to Towers Mountain to check out the long, cool view at 7625 feet.

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    Vintage fire tower.

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    View from above.

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    Ladybugs were attacking this fallen tree in full force.

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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We followed Senator Highway and retraced our route back to the trucks. 76 mile ride in Arizona in July!! AWESOME!!

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    Elevation profile.

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  13. Jaybiker

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    Thanks for the invite on the ride guys I had a great time. Here are some pics I took.
    Goner and Nightstalker off in the distance. Can you see the trail?
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    Sure was a rocky trail

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    Taking a brake. This was the only spot we stopped that was nice and shaded. Wasn't too hot hear.

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    Nighstalker playing in some rocks
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    Goner checking for what the squeak was while we are having lunch in Crown King

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    On top of CK these lady bugs covered the plants and fallen log
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    We just missed some hard rain

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    Nightstalker given a salute to Arizona Trail Riders. Thanks guys.
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  14. dave6253

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    Nice Day Trip Guys!:thumb
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  15. East Coast Rider

    East Coast Rider Just Me...

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    Hey! What's my truck doing out west?! :lol3

    Same make, model, color, body style ('02 long bed reg cab), 4x4, everything...


    That is some awesome scenery. Wouldn't want to try to take my pig thru all that! Just not that skilled...y'all look like you're having fun, though...all that counts :thumb
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  16. Yardstick

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    Couldn't talk them into taking the Bradshaw down eh, Nightstalker? :lol3
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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We had thought about it, but I wanted to get off the mountain before dark, and storms were rolling in.
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  18. goner

    goner addict

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    hey yardstick .. dont you have a some RR reports to share?
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  19. goner

    goner addict

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    Great Ride. Yankee Doodle was a fun trail with some challenges. After being denied on some other challenging trails like Lane and Tiptop Im glad to claim victory here.:thumb Weather was great up there, on the back noticed it was 75 degrees at sunset point and 45 minutes later 110 in phx. ouch. Most of my pic's are the same. I got a few of the NS

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    ^^ notice NS napping:D
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  20. Yardstick

    Yardstick Hydrophobic

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    I do indeed! I've been prioritizing finding a job instead of sifting through the thousands of pictures and writing down all of the details of the rides from the past few months. Shame on me! :D

    Wish I would have joined you guys on this ride. I'd like to run the Yankee Doodle trail again. It has been several years since I've been on that trail.
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