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Nightstalker 10-14-2012 05:47 PM

PHX - Turkey Creek & Desoto Mine
4play posted up an open ride invite for a Turkey Creek run from Bumble Bee to Cleator, Crown King, and points in between.

A manageable bunch showed up for the ride including:

4play - KTM 600
Refokus - KTM 450
HoosierTrailMaster - Honda XR400
Ashlandmine - Kawasaki KLR650
RZRDave - Polaris RZR
Nightstalker - Honda 450X

Powerline maintenance closed the I-17 northbound briefly on the way to Bumblebee. Cool helicopter!

4play brought a shiny new tire!

Ashlandmine was the last to show up on his KLR - but he was ready to ride!!

Nightstalker 10-14-2012 06:02 PM

We were a little worried about someone on a KLR doing this ride. Well, if Ashlandmine is behind the bars, there's no worries!!

First big hill.

Then into the deep sand.



bhorocks 10-14-2012 06:09 PM

looks like I may have missed a fun one...

Nightstalker 10-14-2012 06:11 PM

Let's climb some hills!

Relax on an easy section.

And on to the rocky ledges.

Tight fit for RZRDave.

Nightstalker 10-14-2012 06:22 PM

HoosierTrailMaster made the early morning trek from Tucson to join the ride.

Dry but rocky.

HTM had a little oops.

No problems for the KLR!

Nightstalker 10-14-2012 06:42 PM

How about a bona-fide water crossing!

HoosierTrailmaster 10-14-2012 06:42 PM

HTM had a little oops.

Where the hell was the Big Foot that jumped out in front of me?

After a big lunch we just headed back down to do Turkey Creek again. So different going the other way. Buddy thought it was GNCC, he was really pushing the pace and it was very "trials" like on the very end there.

Nightstalker 10-14-2012 06:54 PM

Finishing off the hard stuff in Turkey Creek.

Refokus got a little stuck in a powdery sandy hill.

Nightstalker 10-14-2012 07:05 PM

Passing thru Cleator.

Quick peek at Desoto Mine.

Nightstalker 10-14-2012 07:16 PM

HTM had a colossal crash on this hill!

View from the top of the hill.

Ashlandmine gives it a go.

Here's come the BOOM! RZRDave!

4play 10-14-2012 07:21 PM





Nightstalker 10-14-2012 07:28 PM

We took a spin to the tippy top. It was a memorable ascent!

Great views!

Jeeps on the road UP.

Nightstalker 10-14-2012 07:37 PM

I thought it would be a good idea to check out this trail near the top...

Maybe not so much...

The decision to turn back was unanimous.

Nightstalker 10-14-2012 07:43 PM

The trip back down the hill was really steep!!

Nightstalker 10-14-2012 07:45 PM

Ashlandmine and I bailed out once we hit the Crown King road. The rest of the crew continued on to Crown King for lunch.

40 miles for me. Awesome fun!

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