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Old 09-13-2008, 02:16 PM   #1
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PHX - Blessed Hellride

One of my favorite Phoenix ADVRider buddies, DirtyDog, put this 3 day ride together. I joined the adventurers for Day 1.

It all started like this...

I'm [DirtyDog] departing the beautiful Arizona- the wide-open spaces that are a dual-sport motorcyclist's paradise.

Therefore I require a kick ass 3-day ride before I move to Tulsa, OK and get a real job.

This will be a planning thread for what I shall call the "Blessed Hellride".

The dates will be Sept. 12-14 (Friday - Sunday), 2008.

The goal is to pack as many rocky, dirty, soggy, and nasty dual-sport miles as possible into three solid days.

I'm working on the general route, but it will basically be a loop that begins and ends in Phoenix.

Preliminarily, I'm thinking that the two overnighters will be spent in cheap motels (Motel6?) in Prescott and Payson.
1) So we won't be weighed down by camp gear
2) So we can celebrate each ride in style afterwards and wake up rested, showered, refreshed, and sober(?) for days 2 and 3
3) So each day will have a predetermined start and end point to open up partial participation options

I have some nice standby route options for Phx to Prescott and Payson to Phx, but the middle third is still up in the air. (As is the whole concept, but we'll assume it's a go.)

The ride is open to anyone willing and able to join me. I'd like to keep my riding groups to just a few riders, so maybe a rally style may be warranted depending on how many riders get involved. You'll recall that the Chiricahua weekend turned into a 15-rider convoy.

I'm gonna try to plan a difficult route, but alternate routes will likely be plentiful for the wary.

It WILL contain the following, if possible:
1) moderate to dangerous water crossings example 1, 2
2) steep grades example 1, 2
3) technical bouldering example 1, 2
4) sand example 1, 2
5) mud example 1
Summing to a couple hundred miles of glorious filth per day.

Big bike friendly? Depends on the rider. Your call.

Ooh, sounds scary, doesn't it!? I'm just trying to plan a real challenge. Take it or leave it.

It doesn't have to be any more organized than this, but if anyone has any route suggestions, feel free to do so.

It's still 2 months away, but some people need notice to get a day off work. And besides I thought this up yesterday and I'm too psyched already.

Who's with me?

FYI- "Blessed Hellride" is a song/album by Black Label Society and goes something like this- (sounds better than it reads)

break me down and roll me once again
got no time to think of now and then
catch my breath pick myself up off the floor
one more drink, a nervous breakdown, then another war

oh, you can never get too low,
when youre so damn high
oh, been out rolling
on the blessed hellride

Through the lines, aint no in betweens
Gardens of filth, the obscure and the obscene
catch my breath, pick myself up off the floor
one more drink, a nervous breakdown, then another war

oh, you can never get too low when you're so damn high
oh, been out rolling, on the blessed hellride
you can never get too low when youre so damn high,
on the blessed hellride
JD 1999 KLR650 A13 Mesa, AZ


Day 1 was probably one of the tough days. Here's a teaser:

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