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Old Yesterday, 08:44 PM   #1
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AZ Another Day in the Bradshaws

A couple of weekends back, Yardstick and I attempted an ambitious loop of some of our newly discovered trails in the Bradshaws. Unfortunately, our day was cut short when Yardstick's "purdy" new KTM 500 was accosted by a tree. (More about that later.)

We returned for another go at that loop. We staged at 7 Mile Gulch outside of Prescott. With his 500 ailing, Yardstick was riding his trusty 530.


From the stage we launched up the Watershed trail. It's a great flowing 50 in. trail that takes you over to Senator Hwy.



From there it was a quick jog over to another fun trail, Wolf Creek.




Next up was the Kendall Camp trail that busted Yardstick's bike last week.


Here is the obstacle. It is a deadfall across a steep switchback, with no room to maneuver. We were able to get the bikes through with a bit of pushing and tugging.



Last time through was more of an adventure. This sequence shows the struggle.





At this point I put the camera down and helped Yardstick push the bike over. Unfortunately, in all of the huffing and puffing, the tire decided to grab traction and launched at the small tree off to the left. Yardstick couldn't bear to see his new bike get bruised and tried his best to save it. He ended up playing airbag to the mighty 500. Me being the good buddy, ran for my camera before helping get the bike off of him.


The tree smashed a perfectly good radiator.


Yardstick gives that tree a "you're number one!" salute. Or maybe that was meant for me for taking his pic before getting the bike off him. What are friends for, right?
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Old Yesterday, 09:10 PM   #2
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Next up was the the Golden Eagle rd. The hill ahead is a biatch to climb. Fortunately, there is a work around. If you look closely you can see it traversing the hill ahead.


From the bottom I tried to catch Yardstick crossing the road on the bypass.


Here is looking down from the point Yardstick was just at.


And looking up where the bypass comes out.


And back down from the bypass where Yardstick was just standing. Easy, peasy, right?


Nice views!


Next it was off to one of our favorite ST trails, Venezia!


Getting to the start of Venezia.



Yardstick cruising down Venezia.






Finishing off Venezia at Senator.


Next we took Bodie Mine rd over to a connector to reach our next ST trail, Blind Indian. The connector doesn't get much use.




Still lots of fun!


A few gates.


Plenty of washes.


And finally, we arrive at Blind Indian Trail.


There are several gates in the first couple of miles.

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Old Yesterday, 09:37 PM   #3
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Blind Indian is a long ST trail that starts off very easy.


But that doesn't last long.


Yardstick demonstrates the preferred method of getting around steep and tight switchbacks.


Lots of exposure on this trail. I'm still leaning into the hillside several days later!



After miles of climbing, we descend. It's just as steep going down.



Yardstick climbing the next hill.


When you get to this cabin you think you are close to Senator. But there is still a lot of trail left.


Once we reached Senator Hwy and headed back towards Yankee Doodle Peak, my low fuel light came on. We decided to head to the truck via the most direct route. That meant Dandrea to Four Corners. This is where Dandrea crosses Yankee Doodle trail.


We made our way to Walker Rd and were about 4 miles from the stage when my bike ran out of gas. I jumped off, leaned the bike over to splash a bit of fuel into the left side and made it another mile or two. At that point, Yardstick moved up behind my bike and put his right boot against my left boot and pushed me down the road. We actually got up to 30 mph using this technique!!!
What a fantastic day of riding! As a bonus the lovely, Mrs. Yardstick had left brownies for us in the truck!!
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Old Today, 04:30 AM   #4
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looks like a hoot

great ride report guys !!!
I love your bikes too.
thanks for sharing
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Old Today, 06:49 AM   #5
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Rad trails in them Bradshaw Mtns. Thanks for posting pics.
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Old Today, 08:32 AM   #6
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Mmmm brownies

Cool beans getting back to that cabin. Always amazed at how far out those places can be, especially to consider how long it must have taken them to go for supplies back in the day. Surprised there aren't more skeletons in those places!

Great RR!
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Old Today, 08:59 AM   #7
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We did have an ambitious plan for the first weekend in April. I was still getting used to the 500 and still working on dialing it in. Riding 75-ish miles of hard Bradshaw trails would really be an acid test!

I spent some time with the Prescott National Forest tracks and came up with this beastly loop:



They start off so pretty and clean!



Slowred on Watershed Trail.






There's a nice wood fence or corral near the start of Trail 65. Maybe that's part of Kendall Camp.



Off into the pines!



Check out the nub on the right fork of the tree to the left in the picture. It had several of those.
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Old Today, 09:12 AM   #8
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Shortly after this picture Trail 65 turns into a rocky, steep 50" trail.



As usual, the picture doesn't do this situation any justice. It's steep. It's right out of a rocky turn so you don't have a lot of momentum heading up to this. And it's STEEP! That tree overhead is overrun with termites. I really felt uneasy being under it.



Initially we retreated.



I thought I saw a work-around on my GPS, but I didn't have a PNF track for it.



I only had a brown dashed line on the GPS topo. That's a trail, right?



Well, no. So back up 65 to the deadfalls.
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Here's the story on the bent radiator from the 500EXC thread...
There was a downed tree at a really bad angle on a steep uphill. We got the front wheel over the tree okay. I was in front of the bike with my right thumb on the clutch and my left hand on the throttle trying to pull the bike and apply a little power to help get the rear over. The rear is usually easier to get over a log, but we were having a tough time (very steep hill, very bad angle!). When the rear did finally go over it put me in a bad position and I dropped the clutch from under my thumb and since the bike was going the wrong direction, the throttle naturally opened up. The bike ran into about a 5 foot tall, 6 inch diameter stump sticking up behind me. The bike stood straight up, did a little pirouette and then came down almost on top of me. Expensive mistake.
I was concerned that my cooling system might be compromised. We had a long day ahead of us if we continued. Another tip-over or just the vibration and rubbing could start a leak. And it looked like I might have pinched the outer tubes on the radiator. Blind Indian trail is no place to be with a mechanical problem!

We got to the top of 65 and looked west for an exit.



This is the easy direction to take Golden Eagle Rd from 65.



And it's not as steep as going the other way.













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I'm still kicking myself for this one...



We mostly took forest roads back and tried the southern section of Watershed Trail that we almost never do.



It was a much shorter trip than we initially planned.



More later...
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Sunday ?

You guys are crazy !

Dillon and I spotted Slowred heading south on Scottsdale road on a Sunday morning a few weeks back.....Really Glad we didn't try to follow you that day.
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Old Today, 12:04 PM   #12
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great ride report guys !!!
I love your bikes too.
thanks for sharing
Thx BB,

It was a great ride in perfect temps. Gotta enjoy those days before they are gone.
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Rad trails in them Bradshaw Mtns. Thanks for posting pics.
We keep finding new favs on our exploration trips.
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Old Today, 12:07 PM   #14
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Cool beans getting back to that cabin. Always amazed at how far out those places can be, especially to consider how long it must have taken them to go for supplies back in the day. Surprised there aren't more skeletons in those places!

Great RR!
I'm not sure how they got all the building supplies back in there. It's not that close to Senator.
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You guys are crazy !

Dillon and I spotted Slowred heading south on Scottsdale road on a Sunday morning a few weeks back.....Really Glad we didn't try to follow you that day.
Next time, catch me and let's ride!
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