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Old 02-09-2015, 08:49 PM   #1
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February in AZ on the Bull Run trail

February in Arizona, you gotta love it!

A few of us headed for the Bradshaw Mountains for some two track and later, a butt kicking on some single track.
Team TAZ – KTM500
Reidy008- Husaburg 450
AZRedline- WR450 (Maiden voyage, popped her cherry but good!)
Refokus – KTM250
4Play – Heavily breathed-on WR250
Plus some others whose names I regretfully didn’t get, and a pair that joined in for a while.

Started out with some nice two track up to Cleator via parts of the Turkey Creek trail. We were moving pretty good, so didn’t get any pics of this section.

I should have caught on when at the junction for the single track portion most of our group opted out. Hmmm. The trail was called Bull Run, and what started out as 9 seasoned riders dwindled to just 3 to attack the Bull Run.

Team TAZ would lead Reidy008 and I into the remote mountains.



Into the wash, for some fun riding before the massacre would get underway. Reidy did have some tracks that proved valuable several times even though we improvised some of the trail.



Beautiful day!



We got TAZ and Reidy’s bikes over this log, then Reidy went ahead to make sure it was doable. It was.

TAZ takes a breather before we wrestle my bike across.



Trail finding conference



Nice back here, so far only a few rocks and dead trees to get over.



Found the trail, back to work



TAZ leads the way



TAZ stops at a bad spot, beyond was worse, so we backtracked a bit and found the real trail again. I tell you, if you have a breakdown back here, you have a problem. Ain’t no jeeps, razr or quads going through here. I think most mules would hesitate to take this trail. We weren’t that smart though, so in we went.



Starting to break into some pines now. Reidy enjoying the ride.



Tightening up a bit. TAZ waited for us to go under a fallen tree and up the creek bank.



Reidy wonders why we are stopped!



TAZ disappeared into the bushes here, but we found him on up the hill.



Here’s where we found him. This double step was probably the toughest obstacle of the day. It took all 3 of us to get each bike up the step. TAZ was first.



What do you do when the going gets tough? Get out the straps! Reidy pulls from above, TAZ pilots and I push. Once we got our system down, it went pretty smooth.



Reidy almost made it up without help, but not quite. Part of the difficulty is no room for error. Those rocks can bust a case easily! (As usual in these situations, pictures do not show the reality of the task!)



Looking down from the double step, there was no straight shot to get to it.


After this, the slope of the hill got steeper and steeper. It was impossible, for me anyway, to stay forward on the seat as you climbed. You just didn’t want to let off cause there was no chance of getting a restart.
This little video shows some of the fun on a switchback with a steep step and no run room. This one was a tough one.

http://youtu.be/wXKgYVUuUtY

It remained rough for what seemed like forever.



A well deserved, and yes, required rest.



From here I was too tired to push the button on my camera, so no more pics.

I will say it was sometime after this that I had my most serious difficulties. After stalling on a steep incline, I started rolling backwards and although I tried to drop it, the bike was sliding away and I was going with it. Just before I got it on the ground, it dropped off about a 2 ft step and did the splits with my right leg folded over behind me. Luckily nothing broke cause that would’ve been a helicopter ride outa there, assuming we could get to a clear spot. Sore ankle today, but nothing broken. I feel lucky!

Reidy should have some video too. Thanks to TAZ and Reidy for guiding us through!
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:04 PM   #2
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Such a fun trail! Sorry I missed it this time.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:23 PM   #3
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Nice

Nice report. I didn't realize you got even that many pictures. I got the Go Pro footage on my mac now I just need to get it edited up and uploaded. I haven't watched it myself yet.

The trail down in the wash has changed a lot and there were a lot more trees to get over now. Sure glad we had a couple of versions of the track as some of it has gone now with the storms a while back.

I was sure glad we had the communicators on as they helped a bunch to know if the track ahead was clear to take a run at because there are many spots that once stopped there is no way to get moving forward again after loosing momentum. I took three runs at one spot before I got smart enough to go back down far enough and get up a head of steam.

And the final obstacle that was an ass kicker was the tree roots. No way to get traction on those suckers and they all seem to be in the worse possible places.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:28 PM   #4
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Awesome trip guys. I am sure Reidy will post this up as a night ride soon.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:47 PM   #5
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Bull Run

Weather and conditions were perfect!! Any takers for next saturday?
Steve, you got some good pics, some of mine were blurry.












Having some cool fun in the pines
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:48 AM   #6
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Weather and conditions were perfect!! Any takers for next saturday?


Hmmm....... You got something particular in mind? There's some good single track in that area. We did Blind Indian, Lower Wagoner a few weeks ago if you guys are REALLY feeling frisky. Someone's been doing some trail maintenance up on Lower Wagoner, (Yardstick, is that you guys?)

I didn't get to ride this last weekend and the weather should be great in the Bradshaws.
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Old 02-10-2015, 05:04 AM   #7
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Weather and conditions were perfect!! Any takers for next saturday?
if i still had the ATK,,,,,,,,, the 640 is a handfull on that stuff. last w/e was perfect for riding.
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Old 02-10-2015, 05:39 AM   #8
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Hmmm....... You got something particular in mind? There's some good single track in that area. We did Blind Indian, Lower Wagoner a few weeks ago if you guys are REALLY feeling frisky. Someone's been doing some trail maintenance up on Lower Wagoner, (Yardstick, is that you guys?)

I didn't get to ride this last weekend and the weather should be great in the Bradshaws.

Not me! We worked on the south end of Cherry Creek a while ago, but didn't do anything on Lower Wagoner. Someone is doing maintenance up there. Little Wolf Creek was a lot more open and clear the last time I went up. And so was Bull Run.
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Drew, is that a Sedona tire I see on the back of that bike? How do you like it?
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Old 02-10-2015, 07:23 AM   #10
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Nice RR Steve! I am glad that I went the easy way around.
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Hmmm....... You got something particular in mind? There's some good single track in that area. We did Blind Indian, Lower Wagoner a few weeks ago if you guys are REALLY feeling frisky. Someone's been doing some trail maintenance up on Lower Wagoner, (Yardstick, is that you guys?)

I didn't get to ride this last weekend and the weather should be great in the Bradshaws.
I was thinking about doing the same thing, Turkey creek to DeSoto mine road then up bull run to Crown King for a nap, I mean lunch.
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Drew, is that a Sedona tire I see on the back of that bike? How do you like it?
No it's Dunlop MX. I have a few friends who run it though and like it. The rear in my FX is a 19" so I am a little limited on choices.
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WR450! Nice.






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I was thinking about doing the same thing, Turkey creek to DeSoto mine road then up bull run to Crown King for a nap, I mean lunch.
What's the plan for the return route?
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No it's Dunlop MX. I have a few friends who run it though and like it. The rear in my FX is a 19" so I am a little limited on choices.
Oh ok, it has the offset looking knobs like the Sedona. I've been running the Sedona and I really like it, was curious to hear someone else's thoughts.
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