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Old 02-05-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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PHX - The Hardest, Rockiest, Jeep Road - Destination MILK RANCH

2 ADVRiders took my challenge and joined me on my 3rd attempt to ride "the back way" to the Milk Ranch.

Slowred - Honda 450X
Goner - Yamaha WR450
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:14 PM   #2
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Temps were in the low 30's, pretty damn cold for Phoenix. We bundled up and headed off. It was a brisk 10 miles of easy jeep roads to get to the start of the hard stuff.

We were concerned about crossing the Agua Fria River. Nothing worse than being cold and wet. Luckily, the water level was LOW.



Fingers fully frozen, we arrived at the Gate to Hades. We would warm up in a hurry.



We had to chase this bull about 1/2 mile up the road. What's that say about the start of the trail?

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Old 02-05-2011, 08:21 PM   #3
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The road quickly becomes rocky and steep!



Goner won the first victim prize with a bent gear shifter. I told him he'd only need one gear, but we got it fixed any way.



Up and ready to go.



No worries!

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Old 02-05-2011, 08:31 PM   #4
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Water tank, I've made it this far once before.



One of the most scenic rides I've done.



Goner showing off. This is about as far as Javalina and I made it on the last attempt.

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Old 02-05-2011, 08:55 PM   #5
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Slowred on a nasty uphill.



Goner coming through.



Looking back down the trail.



Black Canyon City and Black Mesa.

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Old 02-05-2011, 09:03 PM   #6
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Goner on one wheel again.





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Old 02-05-2011, 09:06 PM   #7
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Technically, it's doable!



It was, Slowred follows.





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Old 02-05-2011, 09:29 PM   #8
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Keep them coming Terry.............nice photos and report as usual. goner is getting good at them wheelies.......
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Goner with Lake Pleasant in the background.





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Old 02-05-2011, 09:58 PM   #10
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The trail ahead.



There's Goner!



We arrived at the Packer Split and decided that we hadn't had enough abuse yet. We continued on the trail to the Milk Ranch.

The trail ahead for Nightstalker.



And Slowred.

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Old 02-05-2011, 10:45 PM   #11
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Milk ranch

Great photos dude! You really capture the intensity of the riding,,,seems like the plated enduro bikes are the best for that area. Congrats on making it farther than in previous rides! (past the water tank....)

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Old 02-05-2011, 10:45 PM   #12
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The road past the split was still plenty crappy, but far less traveled. Grass and brush filled the road at times.



Goner



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Old 02-05-2011, 10:53 PM   #13
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Then I got to this CLIFF! The picture really doesn't capture how nasty this wall of rock really was. I made an attempt but flipped over.



Goner came up to see what I was up to.



It was turn back to Packer or get the rope out and lift the bikes up. 12 miles of abuse left little energy to be yanking bikes up this impass. We returned to the Packer Split.

Goner heading back.



Breaking the news to Slowred.

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Old 02-05-2011, 11:56 PM   #14
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Goner in the distance.



Slowred coming back down the hill to the Packer split.



Goner



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Old 02-06-2011, 12:05 AM   #15
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Trail to Packer in the distance.



Balancing rock.



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