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Old 04-07-2015, 09:38 PM   #1
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Easter Sunday escape from Phoenix!

Easter Sunday Reidy and I had planned an exploration ride with Cyberdos, but he made other plans with the hospital on Saturday, so we had to improvise.

Instead, we went out to ride Powerline Trail, FR393 from Hwy 87 to the East side of Bartlett Lake. Then, the plan was to come out via Log Coral Trail, FR3456 (?).

One of Reidy’s new traditions is to have a flat on every ride. This makes 3 in a row. Can’t say I’m crazy about the tradition. This time we didn’t even get out of town!

Before long we were off and out on the trail.

Reidy admires the surrounding mountains.

We were on the intercom system, but I was a bit late suggesting he stay right on this nasty rut in the middle of a 90 degree turn with a drop to the left side. Luckily, he didn’t drop into the canyon.

A couple big rocks jammed him up, so we kicked them out and with a little push he was out. A couple feet to his left in this photo there was a 4 foot ledge that would have been bad news if he'd gone off the trail.

Rolling again

A rare smooth section. This trail has a lot of loose rocks!

The big Katoom moves some rocks on the way up the hill

Finally the lake is in view. Bartlett is way down, as are all the other lakes out here.

Here’s Reidy telling me to go left…

But this is to the left

So instead, we park the bikes for a rest and to see if we can find a place to cross.

How do you get an Ausie to wade through first? Tell him there’s a vegemite sandwich on the other side, of course!

We walked a ways and found that this little crossing wouldn’t have gotten us far before we came to the main channel of the river, and that was a no go. So, the second part of the ride would be heading back to hwy 87 via the Log Coral Trail, also known as “Rocker Panel” to the jeep crowd due to the damage most suffer on this trail.

While we were looking around, a jeep pulled up that we had passed on the trail in. He had a couple of dogs with him and this little guy was suspiciously eyeing my pack. I think he knew I had snacks in there!

We backtracked a couple miles and picked up the Log Coral Trail from the Bartlett end. This is a great trail! Here is the Log Coral which was in quite a ways from where we started.

Not long after this, the trail gets better! Really a cool place.

As we cruised along, I cut a corner a bit close and got knocked in the head by a low hanging branch. Next thing I know, I’m seeing purple spots! Turns out they were thousands of little purple butterflies. (Look close.) Whew!

Another trail view

Here is the section after which the trail gets it’s unofficial name, Rocker Panel. Reidy goes feet up on the big bike. Nice!

More of the rock section. This is really the only obstacle on this trail.

We stopped to look around a little. This is probably even nice in the summer time.

More big rocks, no problem on the bike but rough on the 4x4s.

I’ll end the photos with a shot of a little spring coming right out of the mountainside. For us desert dwellers, this is a rare sight.

Beats hunting eggs!
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:17 AM   #2
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Very cool

Great stuff. I will add some GoPro footage I shot. What a fun ride.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:29 AM   #3
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:03 AM   #4
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Well its pretty boring and I wish I had of been filming in the afternoon when we hit the really cool stuff but Steve got some great pictures.

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Old 04-09-2015, 06:44 PM   #5
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Hell yes it beats hunting Eggs! Nice RR and photos as usual. That ride looks like a lot of fun.
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