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Old 08-18-2013, 10:20 PM   #1
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Crown king and beyond


Started off alright. My brother and I on Vulture peak road. South of wickenburg. Temp around 100. 9:00 in the morn.

Took a few wrong turns. Trying to get to Gates Rd and Grand (60)

Made it!
Had to ride the Hassayampa for a mile but found Gates. Great sand riding practice. I have minimal experience. It was deep.

We took Castle Hot springs road north and followed the signs.
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:32 PM   #2
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View of Lake pleasant

Petcock leaking. Made a temporary fix.



Made it to CK. had a late luch. Took a wrong turn and ended up a couple miles south of Prescott. Great roads!! Wives worried so we hit 89 south. Sun was setting, storms were brewing so peacefull. Lightning and mist. Could barely hear the engine, even shut it off going down the curves. Hit a few miles of heavy rain near peeples valley. Kept going. Even saw smoke near yarnell. Tempurature shot up and dried me out in congress. Returned home. 180 miles 10 hours.
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:34 PM   #3
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:36 PM   #4
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:30 AM   #5
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Good stuff JT. Thanks for sharing. It looks a tad bit drier there than it does here in NWA.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:10 PM   #6
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Actually started pouring on the last leg. It was great.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:41 PM   #7
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Found it... nice report...
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:02 PM   #8
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Cool stuff. I love that loop except at Yarnell, I dive off the east side and come down into Box Canyon and Wickyburg that way.
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:27 PM   #9
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Figure since this is an "and beyond" thread it would be a good RR thread.
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:44 PM   #10
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Harquahala... Late august
First time meeting mefadv in wickenburg. Not sure what to expect...
Headed out towards Aguila. Tromped off on a fast dirt road and turned to follow train tracks for a bit. Still not real sure what adventure I was on but thats the point. Found too much mud and started boondockin back to pavement and headed for harquahala mountain

At the base i tried getting mentally prepared...yoga, extrabodily thoughts, etc.

A trek up to this archaic structure was only the beginning. Bit rocky but nothing that would scare this acrophobe (with adversities to geological monstrosities)

Getting up there and I was still lying to myself that I could do it.
I'll digress from my excuses until I truly cant do it.

Couldnt take much for pictures until we were back down. Mefadv was a great help in this adventure laughing at me from the top and bottom as he past me effortlessly both ways.
He had said he did some trials years ago. His riding styly showed it. Very meticulous precise and professional. Great ride all'n all, but arent they all.
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This one was fun. Started with breaky at anitas cocina. Pouring rain.
Rain subsided and we were off. Based on mefadvs recommendation we headed towards aguila looking for powerlines. Sure nuff found them. From there it was heaven.....driftin through sand, climbin rocky peaks, jumping washed out roads, only to surf down into a sandy wash and start over.
Steelwind has now seen his first desert tortis.
It flattened out and throw some really fun curves and sandy straitaways.

One moment we stopped, steelwind has the biggest smile id ever seen on a man, says he was hitting 55 and every jump and wheelstand. Another couple miles hes stopped and has a second smile.....gushing blood ....from his chin.
Still smiling though. ...windshield caught him in the throat on a double bump.
(Side note: he took the windshield off and left at my house. I took the grinder to it and cut it from 1.5 foot to about .5. Then cut "steelwind" into it so ya'll would know the "doublegrinner")
We hit vulture mine and headed south, also based on mefadvs suggestion. He knows his terrain. Hit dirt at the end and kept going as far as we could.


Unfortunately it started getting steep and loose and my handle bars broke loose and I didnt have the right size allen wrenches to compensate for my pansyass.... Er I mean .....
Well anyway. Bar brackets really did come loose so we headed back.
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Forgot this one.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:43 PM   #13
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This will bring me up to date. 9-29. Sunday.
I had driven up box wash into the canyon. I know it would be inevitably boring. I hoped We could stick to the sides and maybe cross over to constellation. Started off kinda fun riding the outsides.
Then forced into it battling sand left and right. It was all over us like some sort of attack!!! We hit a few rough spots that had to be negotiated. Luckily we made the better offer. Got lost a few times, but then...steelwind took a turn,,,, i knew this was a wash and would only end in a tired disappointment but we throttled on. Until....
Looks easy enough. Even fun. But i know from my 4 wheeled adventures that it only gets worse.
Steelwind says "it cant get any worse than this" and powers is machine right up.

Hmmmmm

Wish i had handed over the camera. I took the narrow route and dumped the clutch with my feet near the gas tank to load the tail, feet ready to catch. Wheelied it and even jumped it three times before regaining footing. Made it up. Sure nuff another curvy stretch if sand and hit some narrow canyon walls. I scouted it out only to find a rocky dead end.

So we headed back.


Shortest grueling 60 mile adventure ever.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:36 AM   #14
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" Couldnt take much for pictures until we were back down. Mefadv was a great help in this adventure laughing at me from the top and bottom as he past me effortlessly both ways.
He had said he did some trials years ago. His riding styly showed it. Very meticulous precise and professional. Great ride all'n all, but arent they all. "

JT... Thanks for the Trials compliment... My bike is a bit more rock-friendly than yours. Just to clarify, I was concerned for you on the way up the mountain! But... it was true I did snicker some coming down, gave this O'l guy time to rest-up some waiting on ya. Next time all the way too the TOP > > >

Sometime I'll show you an old jeep route back to constellation from the River. There is also a couple of trails straight up from the box but I know you have an aversion to heights!
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:56 AM   #15
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Cool ride report. I lived in Chandler, rode a lot of the area on a BIG GS and then later on a KDX200. Last time I was at Castle Hot Springs, a huge pot belly pig came out to the gate to welcome us followed by a caretaker on a 4 wheeler. Took the GS up to Crown King from Lake Pleasant, just about all I could do. Much easier on the KDX! Have you been to the Coke Ovens? Nice riding over that way too.
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