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Old 05-05-2015, 09:25 AM   #1
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AZ singletrack after a nice rain

Went for a quick ride on the 250 smoker today northwest of Phoenix. Temps were cool, a bit breezy and threatening more rain. Traction was near unbelievable levels, and as it warmed up animals were out in droves. I saw a ton of rabbits, lizards, and roadrunners. I also saw a giant hawk carrying a big snake in its talons. Saw some burros, a coyote, and even a javelina. Hit mainly singletrack , with a short bit of ancient mining rd and sand wash.
A perfect ribbon of wet singletrack through the desert.


It got a bit rocky.


The views at the top were great. A good rain really opens up the visibility, probably close to 100 miles you could see today. The little silver dot is the Cardinals stadium where the Super Bowl was played this year.




Always nervous in these little canyons with heavy rain around. You never know when it will transition from a ride to a swim.


I found this guy on the way out. I was less than 5 feet away. He tracked me with his snout and tongue the whole time, but never rattled. I'm always worried about laying the bike over in a corner and putting a hand down right on one of these bad boys, especially when riding alone in the middle of nowhere. He looked well fed and growing.


All in all a fantastic ride. Only laid it down once and the bike and I are still in great shape. Just about 25 miles. Not many cool days left, so have to take advantage and sacrifice some sleep when working nights.
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Old 05-05-2015, 09:41 AM   #2
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We have very sandy soil conditions here in Michigan, and I too love to ride singletrack after a good rain.

That Rattlesnake scares the shit out of me though!
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Old 05-05-2015, 06:50 PM   #3
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Cool!

Nice pics Pshcho, that rattler was nice an fat.

Nothing like that sand when it gets a bit wet!
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:27 PM   #4
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Nice. I gotta get me a little bike.



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Old 05-05-2015, 11:15 PM   #5
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:39 AM   #6
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Excellent RR/ pics Psycho!

Gotta love the desert after a good rain.
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:05 PM   #7
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What?..

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Old 05-07-2015, 02:31 AM   #8
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Nice pics! Thanks for sharing!
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