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Old 10-07-2013, 10:46 AM   #1
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AZ - Sticks and Stones Riding up Bull Road (Trail 202)

Slowred and I went out for another of our little exploration rides this weekend.

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I can't understand why nobody wanted to join us...



When I planned this ride I actually called it, "High Ambition". The plan was to go UP the 202 Trail, called Bull Road, come down the Bradshaw Trail and then ride a section of Arrastra Creek that neither of us has done before. We didn't make it. But we did ride up 202!


The first part of 202 could actually be called a "road". It's 2-track and it's not too difficult as far as dirtbike trails go. Then you get here.



Looking around for the trail there are a lot of imposing obstacles.



Slowred knows where to go!



Yes, that IS the trail!










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Old 10-07-2013, 10:52 AM   #2
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The trail isn't easy to follow. I have only been down it once and Slowred has been up it once. I had a GPS track pointing a different direction but this looked more correct from what we remembered.



Trust the GPS! We were looking at Battle Flat Rd. Following the GPS track a short distance brought us to a sign for the 202!



It just needed a little help.



Now it looks like we're going the right direction!



It probably fell over again as soon as I passed it.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:04 AM   #3
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The Gladiator Fire in the Bradshaw Mountains last year caused a lot of landscape changes. We followed the tracks on the GPS and occasionally picked up one other set of moto tracks through the rocks and downed trees. Huge amounts of water rushed through the washes so fast and with such force after the fires that any small trees were washed away or bent over and pointing downstream.


Some of the trees were not forgiving!



After fighting our way through the trees we came up this off-camber rock face.



Only to end up here.



The rock face was the easy option. The other option, through the small gap, had bit of a step and the rock was greased up with algae.



For some reason this area was full of huge, dead beetles.
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Sometimes we missed the trail entirely.



Easy to do when it looks like this.



Yes, that is the old 202 Trail.












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Old 10-07-2013, 11:10 AM   #5
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Now where?



Down!



Just don't fall to the left.



This looks even worse in video.



Slight right.



Slight left.



And back into the wash. !
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:13 AM   #6
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On the way to the next section another branch found me.



Technically it's doable!



The GPS indicated we were off the trail again. It showed the trail being a few feet to our right. I went on a little hike and found this!



It wouldn't be easy to ride up but looked better than what Slowred was pointed at.
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