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Old 05-14-2012, 10:03 PM   #1
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Young AZ via FR202

We decided to celebrate Mothers Day by giving our wives and mothers a day of peace and quiet while we went riding! The area was between Roosevelt Lake and Young, AZ via some fire roads just to the east of the Young Highway.

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We were on the trail a little before 9am and decided to take FR202 which sneaks up between the western boundary of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and the eastern boundary of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness.
Clear sailing on nice fire roads with less than usual dust due to somewhat recent rains.



The first stop and water break was at the intersection of FR54 and FR202.



This guy wanted to come along for the ride.



We sort of missed our intended turn to the SW where 54 splits later on (Ahem, no comment here, but if I were to comment, I’d say the two GPS guys should’ve listened to the non-GPS guy,) and instead took the 202A northbound. We crossed some private property, but it wasn’t marked, so we went on through. No problems.

The 202A is a dirt highway, nothing interesting there to speak of, so on to lunch!



When we parked, both Seabee1 and I told YBR how impressed we were at how fast he could ride that little blue demon.



Once inside, YBR had to pet the wildlife, but she left so he checked out this bison.



As we finished lunch, we heard (and felt) the most gawdawful racket from the other side of the wall. We looked at each other, then jumped up and went outside with the rest of the Mothers Day lunch crowd.

It seems that whoever put the corrugated roofing on the back storage place didn’t quite get it down securely, and a gust of wind ripped the roofing off that area! The racket we heard was the sheet metal hitting the side of the building as it sailed over the roof and smashed into a couple of SUVs outside. It smashed the windshield of one, and barely missing a little girl that was standing between the two SUVs. She was pretty scared when we got out there. Anyway, the roofing material flew across the lot and missed our bikes by a couple of feet. Time to get out of there!

Some guys picked up the bigger section of roof and moved it. The white SUV got a smashed windshield out of the deal.



The smaller section landed right by the bikes!



After lunch, we headed east then south on FR54. We came across FR9128 (?) to the west, and decided to explore that one. It didn’t go far before we hit Cherry Creek and a gate marked private property. We inspected the creek and went back to FR54.



At the intersection with FR329, we decided we had time, so we rode the section of 54 back to the east that we missed earlier, just to see where we muffed the turn. That was a nice little side trip, and probably the most fun section of the day. At the other end, we turned around and rode it back! Fun stuff!

We came back to FR329, and continued south til we hooked up with FR203.

Random trail pics







FR203 is deceivingly long, or at least it takes a long time. It follows the border of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness and is really scenic.



Seabee1 rounds the corner



YBRacing cruises in. This was the area where we want to go back for more exploration when the summer passes.



Seabee1 and YBRacing comparing notes on trails we could see off to the side.



FR203 crosses several little creeks, probably released from springs up the hill. At each crossing, there was ample shade and lush greenery. (Rare in this part of AZ!)



We stopped for a cool break in the shade and splashed some water to cool off. Seabee1 breaks the zipper on one of his bags.



YBR soaked his noggin too



From here, we had about 22 mi to the trucks, and the best part was over so I didn’t stop for any more pics. Besides, I had an idea…



Thanks for organizing Seabee, and thanks to YBR for joining us. Great day.
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:52 AM   #2
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Looks like a great time. Thanks for the RR...
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:27 AM   #3
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Very nice!
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:14 AM   #4
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Neat stuff. I'm goin'ta haf'ta make it out that side of town some time to catch some of those rides.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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Fun to read, and thanks for the memories! Some friends and I did a ride over some of the same trails (as I recall) about 40 +/- years ago when I lived in Scottsdale (hard to believe it was that long ago.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:55 PM   #6
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We were just up there a week ago. Nice!
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:23 PM   #7
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Cool

Thanks for the report.. good times.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:24 PM   #8
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first shot at posting a pic on a report. here goes....

staging area on cherry creek road.





that worked. lets try another. azredline ready to ride.




ybracing preparing for take off


yours truly, seabee1



our destination is up in these mountains





one of the many springs we crossed





here's some shots of the roof that blew off the restaurant and the damage it caused to the suv.









more random trail shots. i really like the one of steve right after the water crossing.













and my favorite shot of the scenery for the day. you just gotta love what water does for a desert.





so there's my first attempt at putting pics into a ride report. not too difficult. hope you all enjoy!
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:59 PM   #9
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There Don, wore the new off that camera. Now we just need to bounce it off something...

Forgot to mention this was the "new gadget" ride. Seabee with a new camera and GPS, myself with a new Scala G4 communication set. Everything worked!

Thanks to inmate FredZ for the nice G4 and to Reidy for spotting it for me!
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:28 PM   #10
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I completely forgot to mention the new stuff on this ride! Tires, gas tank, gps, camera and those very cool helmet communicators! It's kinda like cheating. The first guy through can tell you "stay left on the knarly uphill" or, "slow down, it's a super tight corner". I loved them.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:35 PM   #11
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Nice! I wondered if the 202 went through. There are some cool offshoots from the south end of Cherry Creek road, too.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:39 PM   #12
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Nice RR guys!

The intercom sounds pretty cool.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:44 PM   #13
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Nice! I wondered if the 202 went through. There are some cool offshoots from the south end of Cherry Creek road, too.
yep. the 202 is like a dirt highway once you get up north a ways. it "t"s into a road where if you go right you get to the 260, or a left will bring you into young. i think it's 288.

the one exploration we all want to do is a "road" that goes all the way to the bottom of the canyon, makes a very rocky looking crossing of the creek and then an unknown ascent of the other canyon wall. you can see the route, just can't tell the condition. the descent into the canyon looked like it had several places where landslides had covered the trail. it may be a very scarry trip. those are some seriously steep slopes into a super deep canyon!
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:59 PM   #14
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I remember seeing the trail you guys were eyeing. I'm curious about that one too. It looks like a STEEP climb on the other side.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:11 PM   #15
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I remember seeing the trail you guys were eyeing. I'm curious about that one too. It looks like a STEEP climb on the other side.
That sounds like it. You begin the journey at the first gate you come to. Drop off to what looks like a camping spot and then the scary descent begins. We should plan a fall exploration ride.

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