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Old 02-23-2009, 10:36 AM   #1
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Box Canyon Road - Just a Short Ride East of Phoenix

I was told this was an easy ride...





Okay, So I'm a pretty experienced rider... on street bikes. I bought my first off-road bike ever about 1 month ago. I have no experience in the dirt, except on street bikes.



I turn off the highway onto Price Road. It's pretty easy stuff at first.


The desert scenery is great.





I never tire of looking at Saguaro Cacti.



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Old 02-23-2009, 11:45 AM   #2
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Nice pics. Watch out for those teddy bear cacti! That is death, landing on one off those.
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:29 PM   #3
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ArmyMedic, You're right. The Teddy Bear Chollas (aka Jumpin' Cactus) are nothing to play around with.





The road narrows...











It was a pretty easy ride until I got to this set of obstacles. I take a hike to scout out a line through the boulders of the dry creek bed. I've never ridden anything this technical. I have repeatedly watched both Dual Sport Riding Techniques DVDs, and have even practiced a few drills. I decide to go for it.









After carefully riding several hundred feet the road gets easier. I decide I don't wish to return this way. This decision may cause an error in judgement later.



I chat with the Toyota driver a little. I had tentatively planned to ride Price Road to Box Canyon Road to Ajax Mine Road to Telegraph Pass Road. I explain my route to the Toyota driver. He assures me the section I had just ridden was the most difficult. He then scratches his head with a puzzled look on his face and says, "Well it's been awhile since I've been here... "

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Old 02-23-2009, 12:36 PM   #4
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:00 PM   #5
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Eek The Obstacles Get Larger

Never trust a guy driving a Toyota...

The technical terrain kept coming. I was far too busy riding to take many photos. I did have a tip-over after losing momentum climbing a ledge with loose rocks. A family sat in their large ATV and watched as I hefted the bike upright. I was standing below the bike now with no way to climb back onboard. I started the engine and worked very hard pushing alongside to get the bike up the ledges and back onto flat ground. Just as I got the bike on flat ground the ATV rider finally steps out to be "helpful". The only thing I wanted at that point was to know the easiest route out of here.

I don't have a pic of the area I tipped over in, but here's a couple shots of the damage;

Busted Pride...


...and a few scratches.


I did it! I made it to the top of this obstacle unassisted! Doesn't look to bad?


How about this perspective?




I'm sure I didn't look like a pro, but I DID IT!



I lost momentum here in the loose rocks and stalled the engine. I paddled the rest of the way up spinning the rear tire.



I actually reached this obstacle just as several ATVs and a Jeep crawled up. Several guys were standing in the rocks helping their friends up. I surely would've chickened out if I had time to think about it, but I wanted to take advantage of the help if needed. When it was my turn I simply went for it without hesitation. (I really didn't want to return the way I had come.)
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:00 PM   #6
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Eek The Obstacles Get Larger

*edit* Oops... Double Post

Here's a new photo
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:03 PM   #7
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After carefully riding several hundred feet the road gets easier. I decide I don't wish to return this way. This decision may cause an error in judgement later...
Cue pics of the staircase...



edit: Yep, you posted them as I was replying
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:26 PM   #8
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Nice ride report. I did this run the prior weekend on the little bikes and that same stairstep got me due to lost momentum. Plenty of easy sections out there but also plenty of "challenges", especially for a new dirt rider. DO NOT return and attempt to do the Coke Ovens or Martinez Cabins/Mine. Maybe it's time to re-evaluate the advise of your "friends".

Congrats for staying with it, see you out there some day!



ps - scratches on a 950 just make you look more badass!
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Old 02-23-2009, 02:02 PM   #9
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You got punk'd. I'm with Mike on this- consult with more locals before attempting solo dirt rides in the future. Had you been alone and a bit less fortunate, you might have left in a chopper. Nice pics though. Now you can go back and know what to expect.

Box canyon (and surroundings) is a blast.
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:37 PM   #10
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DO NOT return and attempt to do the Coke Ovens or Martinez Cabins/Mine. Maybe it's time to re-evaluate the advise of your "friends".
Whadda you mean? Martinez and Coke Ovens are CAKE, honest!

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