Ride report Apache Trail & Four Peaks
Today was a great day for the ride, the weather was mild and perfect for a ride. Along for the ride today were Allen and Joy 2up in the v-strom, Don, John, Teal, Darin, Lauri, myself and new guy, Guy who brought a little class to the group on his BMW. After meeting up at T-Flat we headed to the first of two GeoChaches we planned to locate along the Apache Trail, GeoCache one was not located and not for a lack of trying, it's very hard to hike the side of a mountain in off-road motorcycle boots. Lauri made several runs ahead of the group while we were en route to the second GeoCache so she could take video and stills as the group rode by. At the second GeoCache we took a time out for lunch. After lunch we located the second GeoCache, and sang Happy Birthday to Lauri, and had some B-Day cookies in the shape of lips. After leaving the second break site we had four Deer run across the road within 100' of me (I was on point), Lauri also said that she had had a Deer run in front of her further down the road.
After fueling up at Butcher Hook, we headed back to El Oso Rd minus John who was only going to do the first part of the ride. Four Peaks looked rather ominous and somewhat resembled the Mater Horn as the top was hidden under quickly moving but heavy cloud cover and through the occasional breaks you could see snow on the ground, but once we crested the first ridge it was clear that the snow was at a higher elevation then we would reach. The road conditions were slick mud, but luckily no snow or ice, however the top was shrouded in thick clouds and at times visibility was severely limited. Road conditions and visibility greatly improved once we left the top.
Aside from some damage to Lauri's chain guard as a result of being sucked into the spokes of the wheel, Allen suffered a crack in the windscreen of his V-Strom.
Lauri, Darin, Teal and myself finished the day off by grabbing something to eat at Senor Taco in Fountain Hills, prior to heading home.
It was a great day with great people and I would like to thank the participants of today's ride for coming out and celebrating Lauri's Birthday.