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Nightstalker 07-08-2012 08:31 AM

2012 Howlin at the Moon Dual Sport Info and Previews
 
The Howlin at the Moon AMA National Dual Sport and Adventure Rally will be held October 27-28, 2012 in Payson Arizona.

More event information
http://www.arizonatrailriders.org/pdf/howlin_2012.pdf

Registration is OPEN!
http://howlin2012payson.eventbrite.com/

Nightstalker 07-08-2012 08:39 AM

Arizona Trail Riders returns to Payson for 2012 to put on our EPIC 2 day AMA National Dual Sport / Adventure ride.

The ATR boys were out scouting new routes yesterday for this year's ride.

With highs forecasted to be 108 degrees, we were hoping the cloud cover would hang around.

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Shady pine trees.

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Nightstalker 07-08-2012 08:55 AM

This agenda for today was to get mileage for some of the "A Loop" and explore some other possibilities.

Some "A Loop" material. Yardstick joined us as a technical observer.

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If you like rocks, you'll love this year's "A Loop".

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Nightstalker 07-08-2012 08:59 AM

Awesome pines.

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Scenic roads.

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Nightstalker 07-08-2012 09:02 AM

Kickass single track.

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Nightstalker 07-08-2012 09:08 AM

Exploring around Dupont Cabin.

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Beautiful canyon.

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Obstacles to go over.

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Nightstalker 07-08-2012 09:16 AM

Obstacles to go under and around.

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At some point you just have to give in and call it impassable. It was hot and we were dropping in elevation, most of us were pretty beat up.

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Nightstalker 07-08-2012 09:24 AM

High tailing it out, we were treated to some switchbacks and awesome views.

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Elevation low, temps HIGH.

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115 degrees. I wonder it that takes into consideration the humidity.

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Nightstalker 07-08-2012 09:28 AM

The payoff for a long hard day of trail riding.

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This place was really cool!

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The food was hot and the beer was cold! Both were excellent!

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Nightstalker 07-08-2012 09:40 AM

Brush fires closed the Beeline Highway forcing us to return to Phoenix through Globe, an extra 60 miles! It would be a long drive. Longer when you have a flat tire!

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Yardstick quickly found the offending instrument of disaster.

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NASCAR pit protocols were engaged and the spare was quickly installed.

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Yardstick 07-08-2012 01:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nightstalker (Post 19083148)

Those little bastards just cost me another 2 hours and $50, but now I've got a new tire on the truck.

It was a good ride!

fuggy 07-08-2012 04:04 PM

Forest Closures?

Reidy008 07-08-2012 09:04 PM

Ah Dupont Cabin
 
I have fond memories of the Dupont Cabin area:clap the last hill with the switchbacks and views is the same trail we rode the big bikes fully loaded down on the way out from our Porkfest 2 route home. NDTransplant was on his Versys with hard boxes. We had to put his handle bars back on four times...:rofl Sonoran has some sweat and tears on that hill as well while trying to get his Adventure down it. Love that trail.. a little bike will make it much more enjoyable though.

Nightstalker 07-09-2012 05:48 AM

Ride video

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alphaBETAdog 07-09-2012 09:07 AM

Chris,

Great vid (and very appropriate music - kinda like a Sergion Loene western meets new age) and it got me really phyched up and looking forward to the event. I'm already signed up! You guys do a fantastic job on the H@M event.


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