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    Idea! Gila River Ramble Lite: Sat. Dec. 7th (Ripsey included!)

    Thought it would be best to start a new thread since I couldn't change the title on the car camping thread. We opted to skip the camping in below freezing temps per forecast, so after a little gpx massaging this route came to be. It's 48 miles (or 58 if we add the OnB to Area52). See that sticky on the AZ forum 'Top 10 most underestimated AZ rides', we'll be riding #1, doing a small sampling of #7 & possibly #11 with the OnB.

    When: Sat. Dec. 7th, 8 am

    Where: Kelvin trailhead. (33.089402 N, 110.990432 W) South of Florence on SR79 to the signed Florence-Kelvin Hwy turnoff, take the graded dirt road to the trailhead OR Take US60 East to Superior, then south on rte 177 to a sign for Riverside (Kelvin) turn right and follow the pavement across the Gila River and up the hill to the trailhead. This way only has about a mile of dirt road.

    Route: From the Kelvin TH, AZT NORTH down to the Gila River, then AZT west along the river to the large wash area. From there we'll head north to the Artesian Well then continue west along some 4x4 jeep roads meeting back up with the AZT at the bottom of the Gila descent from Martinez Canyon. We'll ford the river near Cochran (Gila River was ankle deep a month ago, but plan accordingly) and ride some more dirt roads, checking out the Coke Oven viewpoint and if time permits an out-n-back to Area52. Then it's back to the dirt roads leading back to the Florence-Kelvin Hwy, a short stint on the powerline road before picking up the AZT once more. The AZT drops down into Ripsey wash, climbs The Big Hill, then follows the famed Ripsey ridgeline and subsequent 5 mile descent back to the Kelvin TH.

    GPS track can be found here. **FIle names: GilaRiverRambleLite.gpx & GilaRRLite_POI.gpx**
    **Bring a GPS, load the track & know how to use it**

    This is not necessarily a group ride, but I'm sure we'll stick together for a good portion. We may split into smaller groups as the day gets long.

    This loop is challenging, scenic & remote. Come prepared to be self-sufficient.

    Here are some teasers:
    AZT above the Gila River


    Coke Ovens


    The Big Hill


    Ripsey!!
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    Oh to be young (again); have a fun and safe ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TransitionSenior View Post
    Oh to be young (again); have a fun and safe ride.
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    Youth is not necessary. I'll be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtownmtb View Post
    Youth is not necessary. I'll be there.
    Good thing hair isn't needed either....
    Your limits are both physical and mental. Suffering will help you find and overcome both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raybum View Post
    Good thing hair isn't needed either....
    [golfclap]

    As much as I wanted to join, I won't be able to make it Saturday. I'll meet up with John on Sunday for more John-style torture. Have fun everyone! I'll make it to Ripsey one of these days soon.

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    But water is necessary, and for me lots of it.

    IN, I'll be there without youth, not so much hair, but lots of water and food.
    ONE SHOX, ONE GEAR, LOTS of FUN! www.TrailFu.com My Rides

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    I will be there with a party hat

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    How much coke can they produce in those ovens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    I will be there with a party hat

    We missed you - and your party hat.

    It turned out a little different from what we expected - but still an excellent ride.
    Jeff's adventures: Altered Ambitions

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    "Down at the bottom was a camping spot with a really cool view. As challenging as this area was - it was way beautiful."
    Very cool write up & Inspirational!.

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    Another excellent recap and fine photography, Jeff.

    And just to be clear, I did NOT change into speedos for the river crossing!!! I do that only on balmy, summer days...

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    Sorry I missed out....my date from the previous night did not end until 2:30.....so waking at 5 was kinda out of the question. I rode some AZT on SoAZ instead....which is an excellent way to have my cake and eat it too...

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    ^^^^ priorities issue.
    Your limits are both physical and mental. Suffering will help you find and overcome both.
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    Good stuff. I love the exploration. Count me in around April.
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    Great ride guys, i really enjoyed myself and the great company. Bummer we missed fhe Well amd Ripsey, but thats just a hreat reason to get back out there soon.
    ONE SHOX, ONE GEAR, LOTS of FUN! www.TrailFu.com My Rides

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    ONE SHOX, ONE GEAR, LOTS of FUN! www.TrailFu.com My Rides

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