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Old 11-26-2011, 09:53 PM   #1
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Phx AZ - Playing tour guide

A couple weeks ago, I came across a thread from somebody in Colorado...
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...Will be taking in TDay w/friends and then headed back to Colorado the Saturday after TDay. Going to be taking in some riding while in AZ. Anyone wanna meet up for a ride (not too technical) on Mon, Tues, or Wed? Looking for some suggestions as well. Was thinking of Lake Pleasant to Wickenburg and then maybe something out of Cave Creek? What else is nice?
Sounds good to me. I put together a couple rides and this is what we did...
Monday... 119 miles.


A rain system had gone through the night before and riding conditions ranged from a bit slick to epic. Junction of Bloody basin rd and Cave creek rd.


Bloody basin






A little later on, we ran across a couple ADV'ers doing the same thing... a local from New River showing a visitor from Colorado around. They weren't too photogenic...


Earlier in the week, I'd read a ride report about Table Mesa...
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Took 2 friends ... across Table Mesa to 17... what have they done to Table Mesa? Easy peasy. Dam graders.
Since my visitor Timboat, had specified "nothing too technical", I figured this would be a good return route to finish off our loop. Turns out, only some of the route had been graded. The rest was a bit more than Timboat had bargained for. None-the-less, we finished the section and had a great time as well... (he's in about the middle of the picture, coming around the corner after some pretty steep switchbacks in the background)...




The shadows are getting longer as the day draws on...


This was the part that had been graded...


An isolated 4 mile stretch of paved twisties on the way up to the aircraft beacons and back down...


View from the top looking towards Bartlett lake...
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:03 PM   #2
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Day two brought another route up to Crown King and down Senator highway (which isn't really a highway but rather the high way). It used to be a stagecoach road between Prescott and Crown King. 111 miles


Somewhere out beyond Bumble Bee...


And a slightly blurry picture up at Crown King. Gas was $4.99/gal up there.


In behind Crown King...


It's hard to believe that last week, there was quite a bit of snow up here. On down Senator highway... (he's there in the middle)


After that, I had an unplanned flat and that pretty much shortened the rest of the day.

How about it Tim? I know you've got some good pictures as well. Let's see 'em?!
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:43 AM   #3
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Looks like a good KLR ride, except for the extra low tire psi.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:43 AM   #4
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Great pics. Tom. Easy peasy might have been a bit of a stretch, but they have eliminated some of the boulder fields.

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Old 11-27-2011, 06:27 PM   #5
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Good stuff as usual, DK!
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:26 AM   #6
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Liking the reports. I have been out exploring by myself and now I have a couple more loops to do..thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:46 PM   #7
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Klod - Thanks for that.

I've made tracks for my GPS of all those routes except the section over Mount Union. I'll be out there in Feb to ride it. I also made tracks for Four Peaks Road, A Cross, and up to the Mogollon Rim, but prolly snowed in by then so not sure how much I can try.

I need to find some routes maybe further south too.
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:59 PM   #8
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It's prime time to ride those areas, weather wise...those are nice tour loops, for sure.

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Old 11-28-2011, 03:13 PM   #9
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I'll be out there in Feb to ride it.
Give a yell when you get here if you want some company. I'm always up for these loops as long as the Crown King loop isn't snowed over.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:58 PM   #10
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I saw the red klr at frys electronics, along with a tiger 800, last week. those are good routes to take, been on both a couple of times.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:56 AM   #11
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I saw the red klr at frys electronics, along with a tiger 800, last week. those are good routes to take, been on both a couple of times.
klr is obviously timboat's and the black tiger is jim's. we're all buddies from steamboat springs. jim is heading down baja and then across to mazatlan and then to sayulita to visit me.
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:55 PM   #12
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Nice photos DK, I am sure you were able to show the visitors a good ride and time.
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