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Old 01-28-2014, 05:39 PM   #1
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AZ Redo-Charouleau Gap

For those that missed HoosierTrailMaster's "Phoenix Meets Tucson" ride a couple of weeks back, we are planning a redo.

Sat. Feb 1st, RTR 0930, at the stage in Marana.

As stated before, this is a fun but fairly rocky two track ride, with several water crossings and a couple of technical sections. We may add in the ST hill climb loop for those interested. There are plenty with the talent to do this ride on big bikes, but you will probably have more fun on the little bike. Plan lunch in Oracle.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:57 PM   #2
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:24 PM   #3
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Do you think it's possible to do this route over and back and then go run Chiva falls in the afternoon? If we had a small group of good riders.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:38 PM   #4
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Do you think it's possible to do this route over and back and then go run Chiva falls in the afternoon? If we had a small group of good riders.
When I did it with Roger Razr, I think it was about 1.5 hrs each way with a few stops stops and a reasonable pace. I think with a larger group you would be doing well to get over and back in 4 hrs. Especially if the hill climb loop is added in.
But, I defer to HTM's experience here.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:50 AM   #5
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When I did it with Roger Razr, I think it was about 1.5 hrs each way with a few stops stops and a reasonable pace. I think with a larger group you would be doing well to get over and back in 4 hrs. Especially if the hill climb loop is added in.
But, I defer to HTM's experience here.
There was something like 8 of us last time. I think we did it in the same amount of time. Granted it took longer on the way back because we were tired and our bellies full after the buffalo burgers at the oracle inn.

It all depends on the riders.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:44 AM   #6
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I wish I could make this ride but I'll be working

I guess I had several weeks of taking it easy now I am busy so I can't or shouldn't complain.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:36 AM   #7
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For those that missed HoosierTrailMaster's "Phoenix Meets Tucson" ride a couple of weeks back, we are planning a redo.

Sat. Feb 1st, RTR 0930, at the stage in Marana.

As stated before, this is a fun but fairly rocky two track ride, with several water crossings and a couple of technical sections. We may add in the ST hill climb loop for those interested. There are plenty with the talent to do this ride on big bikes, but you will probably have more fun on the little bike. Plan lunch in Oracle.
I rode the last ride but for an "ST hill climb loop" I'd ride it again.
Are you meeting at the trailhead at Saddlebrooke/Catalina? Or do you have somewhere in Marana in mind?
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:47 AM   #8
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I rode the last ride but for an "ST hill climb loop" I'd ride it again.
Are you meeting at the trailhead at Saddlebrooke/Catalina? Or do you have somewhere in Marana in mind?
Yes. Same trailhead at Saddlebrooke as last time.
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:44 PM   #9
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I have an additional loop to this that will also give us a nice climb.
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:47 PM   #10
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Thanks for the offer mate. I will take you up on it but it won't be for a while as I have to much stuff going on to get down there right now. I also need to do a little work on my Husaberg as I have a bad bearing in the triples. I will hit you up when I get a chance. I also want to do rug road again. Cheers
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:53 PM   #11
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Drew, if you know anyone coming down Saturday that is close to you have them bring that tank and I will give them the money for you.
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Do you think it's possible to do this route over and back and then go run Chiva falls in the afternoon? If we had a small group of good riders.
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I also want to do rug road again.
With the right group and an early start, I bet you could do all three in a day.
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:19 PM   #13
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Many Thanks...
What a great experience to meet, ride and share a great meal with. Especially thankful for the patience, compassion, and supportive attitude by all for this Charouleau noob. Will remember you all as a highlight of my ADV trip west.

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I have a lot of pics to post but it might have to wait a couple days.
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:08 PM   #15
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Great ride today. As HTM stated, it was perfect conditions, with overcast skies, NO DUST, and wonderful, tacky, hero dirt!!! VTBeemer did awesome for a noob to AZ on a heavy bike. CG is a tough ride for all of us. VTBeemer conquered that beast and was smiling every time he got through another tricky section. Nice work! I'm glad we could show you some of what AZ has to offer.

I didn't even bring my camera. I don't think HTM did either. So its all up to you, Yardstick.
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