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Old 12-14-2008, 07:46 AM   #1
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PHX - Martinez Canyon

A previous Hunting Party Expedition in the Box Canyon area lit the fuse for a run to Martinez Canyon. A ride plan was formed...

The Ride



Three of us met in Deer Valley for the 90 minute ride to Florence.

Wade - KLR 650
Tom - KTM 990
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My buddy Wade just picked up this KLR 650 and was looking to put some scratches on that brand new skid plate.



We were going to meet Mack at the far end of Box Canyon, so we got on it!!

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Old 12-14-2008, 07:52 AM   #2
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Box Canyon is super fun and a pretty easy ride. It's real popular with the quads and jeeps, so you do have to keep a constant watch around every corner.





First casualty. Wade bottomed out and the rear tire caught his license plate. He was able to bend it back out of the way.

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Old 12-14-2008, 07:56 AM   #3
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More Box Canyon





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Old 12-14-2008, 07:58 AM   #4
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When you're riding a heavyweight, momentum is essential.





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Old 12-14-2008, 08:04 AM   #5
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Finishing off Box Canyon





We pulled up to the split where we were supposed to meet Mack, shut off the bikes, and like a minute later, Mack pulled in! Freaky!

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Old 12-14-2008, 08:09 AM   #6
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Martinez Canyon Road

Looking Down



Looking Up



Starts in some real fast washes



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Old 12-14-2008, 08:12 AM   #7
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Then some ups



and some downs





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Old 12-14-2008, 08:17 AM   #8
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Some tricky spots too.





The road to the Coke Ovens splits to the right. Martinez Canyon road remains easy enough for now...



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Old 12-14-2008, 08:22 AM   #9
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The trail started to get interesting.





And then we hit this boulder patch. Scouting for an alternative route.

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Old 12-14-2008, 08:28 AM   #10
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Damn the torpedos! Full speed ahead! I went first.



Then Wade.











SUCCESS!!

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Old 12-14-2008, 08:30 AM   #11
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Tom, on video!



Mack was smart, he took the alternative route.
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:34 AM   #12
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We took a break to talk about how awesome Martinez Canyon was!



Tippy rock



Nightstalker is very excited!

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Old 12-14-2008, 08:37 AM   #13
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Martinez Cabin and surrounding buildings.





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Old 12-14-2008, 08:41 AM   #14
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The ride back to the mine was challenging at spots.





Hole in mountain.



I should climb up there and check it out!

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Old 12-14-2008, 08:46 AM   #15
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My bike waiting for me.



So, we were waiting and waiting and waiting for Tom! Where could he be? He took a wrong turn (yes, there's another trail out) and had a heck of a time getting his bike turned around.

Wade and Mack walking back looking for me.



We all continued back until we found Tom. There he is showing off his BigDog skidplate!!

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