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post #1 of 40 Old 04-15-2014, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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2014 No.AZ 2nd Annual Ride report

Well, after months of planning and preparations, this years ride has come to a close, mostly. More on that later.

Friday evenings meet n greet BBQ went well with bikes arriving throughout the afternoon and evening. Old friendships rekindled and new ones started. Every one settled in and made last minute adjustments or downloaded unneccesary gear.

Saturday morning started out well enough with everyone gearing up and going for coffee and breakfast, prior to beginning the ride. As the last few of us were firing up our bikes and strapping on helmets, one bike refused to start. Even though it had been ridden over 700 miles and three days to get here, it refused to fire. We got it jumped with a Peterbilt, of all things. Off we went to join the rest of the group. At the start point, the bike again refused to fire. We got it bump started and he took off to a local auto parts store to replace the battery and sure enough it was done.


After a quick jaunt through downtown Prescott, we picked up CraigES on the way up to the Copper Basin Overlook and took in the views west towards the mountains we would call home for the next two days.

Down to Skull Valley and up the Tonto Rd to Camp Wood. Right off the bat we come across a herd of about 15-20 javalina out in the meadow next to the road. After dodging a couple of dozen Jeeps we made our way down into Bagdad for some lunch and fuel. The Diner on Main welcomed us and showed us to our tables where we consumed massive burgers and copius amounts of fries. During a quick flat repair in a nice shady parking lot, most of us took the time to fuel up and watch the gigantic haul trucks working the mine behind us.



We backtracked north about 15 miles to our turn off to Bozarth Mesa and the canyonlands beyond. After a few gates and a couple of herds of mule deer we came out on the high plateau. Thats where disaster struck. The first part of the group had reached the last gate but we were short a few bikes, as I started to count bikes, Scrapper came tearing in and said that Cliff had gone down and had a possible broken leg. We all immediately went back to help.

Campfire began triaging the injury. We had just enough cell service to place an emergency call. There was alot of confusion on getting help to us, even with precise GPS coordinates. Unbeknownst to most of the group, I had my pickup staged down in the canyon at the campsite. Corey, Sal and I left Cliff in the capable hands of Campfire and the rest of the group to go get the truck in case we had to evac him and to recover the bike. We arrived back with the truck and loaded the bike. The rest of the group went down to the canyon to set up camp before dark. Help finally arrived just as the sun was setting. They loaded Cliff into the bird and Cliffs ride was over. The only damage to the bike was a bent front rim but the damage to Cliff was much worse. Although not life threatening, his leg was indeed broken. I will let him fill you all in on that as he sees fit.


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Great report, Jon! What about Sunday?

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Most of the guys had made the difficult trip down the switchbacks and across Burro Creek to the campsite. Campfire navigated the most difficult part of the ride as the light waned but he stopped to grab a few pics on the way down.


When Corey and I got down with the truck and Cliffs bike, most of the guys had setup, we got out the grill and Monstarz grilled bratwurst while we shared a couple cold ones from the cooler. A few guys were apprehansive about the ride out of the canyon on Sunday as it's a steep rocky climb with tight switchbacks. It was difficult enough getting down and crossing the creek full of rocks once, much less twice. We settled in to catch some zzz's as Corey sawing logs and the frogs lulled us to sleep under a cloudless near full moon night.


We woke to a cool morning and cooked up some breakfast burritos and coffee. We packed up leisurely and there were some nervous faces about the ride up and out. We cleaned up camp and the moment of truth had arrived, time to leave this fantastic canyon and the bubbling creek.

The short little "ramp" out of camp was challenging enough for most riders but the short switchbacks were even tougher. A couple of us had minor issues getting up and out (I hyperextended my left knee when I spun out the rear) but we all got to the water crossing. The creek isnt very wide or particularly deep but it's full of rocks and presents it's own challenges. We all got across, some wetter than others, and began to assault the big climb.



We all made it to the top and to relative freedom. We paused for a bit of a breather and a group shot.

We burnt rubber back to smoother roads and civilization but stopped along the way to get some good pics from Campfires big camera. We attacked Campwood like a bunch of heathen wolves and left no doubt this road was ours.

Once we hit pavement, we split into two groups, CraigES led one group back to his place so that some of the guys could check out his cool license plate brackets and a few of us made our way back to my place. We said our goodbyes and thus ended this years ride. My hat is off to this group of dedicated riders and all the help they provided, especially when Cliff needed it most. A class act bunch of guys that I'm proud to have ridden with. For those of us that made this ride, we all learned a little something and have become better riders for it. I have to acknowledge Paul and his son Landon and my son Sean for bringing down the truck and the surprise BBQ and breakfast for a bunch of hungry tired and dusty riders. I look forward to hearing all your comments and seeing pics. Until next ride....but this one isn't quite complete, one bike hasnt made it home yet......

Photos are courtesy of Campfire and Carlonius Funk.

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Thanks for sharing.
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Wish I could have been there at the meadow! Still, I had a great time, spent it with great people, and can't wait to get back on the bike!

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i am still very happy about having dry boots the whole trip. also how comfortable was that bedroll cliff? you spent almost as much time on it as i got to! glad you got out and nothing was to tore up inside, aside from the bone. looking forward to riding with you again.

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Next year, my friend. Next year.

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We're praying for you during your surgery tomorrow, Cliff. Let us know how it went after you come to!

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Unfortunately, the Core Institute screwed up the scheduling. I still don't know when I will get my surgery!

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Bummer, hang in there. Still praying for you.
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