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    Rode Hawes for the first time ... In years

    This morning's plan was to ride Pass Mountain. Got all the way out and found I didn't bring my wallet to pay the park fee and I don't like parking outside where all the cars get broken into.

    So I punted and decided to ride Hawes.

    Man, I haven't been there in years. Not my normal style of riding and my Bronson was definitely a lot of bike for the trails.

    Had fun, though. Due to my planning error, didn't get a super-early start, so it was humid. I kinda figured out where I was once I got rolling and the layout came back to me.

    Ended up riding the outer loop CCW. My memory is vague, but didn't seem like the trails were all that different. Mudflaps was still a tough climb. The descent down the back of Mine was really fun and I was able to carry really good speed.

    Lotta bikers out there. I may not get back for a few more years, but it was fun.

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    I have ridden all over AZ and Hawes trails are some of the best xc around no doubt.

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    I miss my tequila tree very much....having to drive an hour to get to my hooch is a major bummer

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    I live about 2 miles from PMP and I gladly drive out to Hawes. I have the good fortune of having friends in Las Sendas which makes it even better. What an amazing trail system. Whoever built it is awesome.

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    Been one of my favorite local systems for years. Great night riding out there.
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    Nothing beats Hawes during monsoon season, or during a winter storm when the cloud level drops down to the hill tops.


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    Hawes is one of the best water shedding systems. the crushed granite drains really well. just a bit after a rain, the trails rail like velcro. can't have a bad ride at Hawes. ;-)
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    Rode Hawes for the first time ... In years-013.jpg

    I love Hawes in the winter
    I need to ride more...

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    Please tell me if you live anywhere near Hawes you got out there this morning. Temps read 82 in the car at Walgreens, cool breeze out of the north, patchy cloud cover, and it got some rain last night. Near perfect riding.
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    I've ridden Hawes only twice. If I lived nearby, it would be my go-to trail system. It's got the right balance of work/reward/scenery which equals fun AZ rides year round.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn-Rider View Post
    I've ridden Hawes only twice. If I lived nearby, it would be my go-to trail system. It's got the right balance of work/reward/scenery which equals fun AZ rides year round.
    having lived .25 miles from both Hawes and the McDs, imo Hawes is way better. its not always a battle. The McDs is better for pure training - no escaping the climbs. But with Hawes, you also are so close to tech stuff at Pass Mtn and there are LOTS of hidden trials near Hawes that are harder than just about anything in the McDs (except some of the Tom's Thumb area moves). The road riding there I also like better since its much less traffic - terrain and route choices are not as good but imo good enough. I like the McDs access to CX and cross routes into town better - many more choices (greenbelt, Pima path, Reach 11), with Hawes you only have McDowell Rd or the canal to get into the city.

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    Rode Hawes for the first time ... In years

    Within a week or two, Hawes is going to be my backyard trail again, and to say I'm thrilled is an understatement.

    Best of all, I can now pillage Maad's hooch. Of course, I have to find it first.

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    Was out there yesterday around 5:30pm. Got to the Saguaro and Ridge trails intersection. My plan was head right on Ridge trail and ride a combination of Saddle and Secret trail back to Saguaro, then climb up to the mine shaft. The weather looked really dark in that area and the wind had started to really gust up. Didn't want to get caught out there in a storm (been there, done that!) so I took a left on Ridge trail, cutting my ride short. Temps were awesome though! I didn't once think about the heat until I got home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis View Post
    Within a week or two, Hawes is going to be my backyard trail again, and to say I'm thrilled is an understatement.

    Best of all, I can now pillage Maad's hooch. Of course, I have to find it first.
    You're moving back to Las Sendas?! That means you guys will be able to join us on our night rides again. Don't forget to bring your flask!

    Come to think of it... you've never found the tequila tree????

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECEGatorTuro View Post
    You're moving back to Las Sendas?! That means you guys will be able to join us on our night rides again. Don't forget to bring your flask!

    Come to think of it... you've never found the tequila tree????
    We are! Barring a heart attack, we close this Friday and will start moving in this weekend. And HELL yes to the night rides! That is my all-time fav system to night ride, especially the No Lights Moon(shine) rides!

    Flask!? Lordy that thing has been in retirement since 2009-2010. But I might dust off the Sambuca and ressurect the tradition. :-) We'll see.

    As to the Tequila Tree... I haven't actually looked, since I looooaaaathe that particular secret sauce... Blah!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis View Post
    We are! Barring a heart attack, we close this Friday and will start moving in this weekend. And HELL yes to the night rides! That is my all-time fav system to night ride, especially the No Lights Moon(shine) rides!

    Flask!? Lordy that thing has been in retirement since 2009-2010. But I might dust off the Sambuca and ressurect the tradition. :-) We'll see.

    As to the Tequila Tree... I haven't actually looked, since I looooaaaathe that particular secret sauce... Blah!!!
    Stoked to have you guys in the hood. Need to roll out the welcome wagon. Do a fun night ride and visit the beer bush. Riding at 730 on Friday if interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SugarHigh View Post
    Stoked to have you guys in the hood. Need to roll out the welcome wagon. Do a fun night ride and visit the beer bush. Riding at 730 on Friday if interested.
    Sweet!! Warm it up! We'd love to have a Welcome Back NR! Friday we will be bleached to a nub from the "process" of closing, but let's conspire for something ASAP. So happy to be coming home and hooking up with the East Side posse :-)
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    Opps, I meant Thursday.

    We will figure out a date. What sub-division did you move into?

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    Ah well in that case we WILL be out there today, although not for a night ride. :-( We have our walk-through at 4pm, then we're going to hit Hawes for a quick spin.

    As to where we bought, we're moving into Diamond Point!





    Okay that's a total lie. I WISH we were moving into Diamond Point ;-)

    We bought a cozy little home in Shadow Canyon off Saddleback. I'm looking forward to having a wayward golf ball take out my two front teeth as I'm sipping wine poolside. Ahhhhhhhh, the good life. ;-)
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    Re: Rode Hawes for the first time ... In years

    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis View Post
    Ah well in that case we WILL be out there today, although not for a night ride. :-( We have our walk-through at 4pm, then we're going to hit Hawes for a quick spin.

    As to where we bought, we're moving into Diamond Point!





    Okay that's a total lie. I WISH we were moving into Diamond Point ;-)

    We bought a cozy little home in Shadow Canyon off Saddleback. I'm looking forward to having a wayward golf ball take out my two front teeth as I'm sipping wine poolside. Ahhhhhhhh, the good life. ;-)
    Congrats and welcome back to the hood!

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    teeff are so overrated

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    "Teeff are so overrated"

    True, if one works in a Tijuana brothel. Which, incidentally, I do NOT.

    I need my snaggles to bare at others on the trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cycljunkie View Post
    Congrats and welcome back to the hood!

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    Thanks J! Looking forward to that oil can ride! Hope we can talk N into joining!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis View Post
    I'm looking forward to having a wayward golf ball take out my two front teeth as I'm sipping wine poolside. Ahhhhhhhh, the good life. ;-)
    Careful what you wish for, especially you two!! It would be nice to have you BOTH out on the trails for an extended period of time instead of one nursing the other....

    I may have to drop an evening shift or two once these beer swigging night rides commence, just give me some notice. I still have that Yuengling for you afterall....
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis View Post
    Thanks J! Looking forward to that oil can ride! Hope we can talk N into joining!
    For sure!

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    I say we do a big "Welcome back Walt & Dee" night ride next Thursday (7/25)! Who's in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post
    Careful what you wish for, especially you two!! It would be nice to have you BOTH out on the trails for an extended period of time instead of one nursing the other....

    I may have to drop an evening shift or two once these beer swigging night rides commence, just give me some notice. I still have that Yuengling for you afterall....
    You best be dropping a shift or two! The B*tch is back :-) And ummm, well, err, I tried that Yeungling in PA while we were visiting Gettysburg last month, and I, well... IHATEDIT!!! There. I said it. Yelled it, in fact. ;-)
    But I hope to get some of that Rhino FACEPLANT shipped before long, so I will share with you. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ECEGatorTuro View Post
    I saw we do a big "Welcome back Walt & Dee" night ride next Thursday (7/25)! Who's in?
    We're in! :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by coyotekis View Post
    you best be dropping a shift or two! The b*tch is back :-) and ummm, well, err, i tried that yeungling in pa while we were visiting gettysburg last month, and i, well... Ihatedit!!! There. I said it. Yelled it, in fact. ;-)
    but i hope to get some of that rhino faceplant shipped before long, so i will share with you. :-)
    **gasp** I'm still wearing my jersey around you!! Perhaps I'll bring one of my more exotic brews to the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis View Post
    We're in! :-)
    Woo hoo!

    John, can you make Thursday night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post
    **gasp** I'm still wearing my jersey around you!! Perhaps I'll bring one of my more exotic brews to the ride.
    Coors Light Lime? :-)
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    +3 if they're all free! (Desertheat, Cyclejunkie, and MyBikesBroken. Will get to work on them.
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    Wow! Potentially moving to Phoenix/Mesa and first choice would be La Sendas. All this talk about riding mtb’s on sweet Hawes singletract and drinking quality IPA, right from your garage door, has kind of got me excited.

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    I should be in for Thursday 7/25. What time and where we meeting up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynd View Post
    Wow! Potentially moving to Phoenix/Mesa and first choice would be La Sendas. All this talk about riding mtb’s on sweet Hawes singletract and drinking quality IPA, right from your garage door, has kind of got me excited.
    Exactly! What more could one ask for? And any excuse to roll out the welcome wagon works for us! Do eet!
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    Mesa is for suckers. Waddell is where it's at. Hawes, chumps ride there. White Tanks baby, from my garage, by myself, because no one else lives in Waddell...... The one person out there to ride with is moving for goodness sake!

    More beer for me I guess.

    Hawes is cool though. One of my good friends lives out there and rides there a ton with his wife. If you see a grey Pivot 5.7 carbon and a girl on an Epic, say hi. Great people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tysonnemb View Post
    White Tanks baby, from my garage, by myself, because no one else lives in Waddell...... The one person out there to ride with is moving for goodness sake!
    Heh.
    "Forever Alone"

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis View Post
    Heh.
    "Forever Alone"

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    Waddell Style: George Thorogood And The Destroyers - I Drink Alone - YouTube

    Hawesaholics don't roll that way.

    FYI - Had a good night ride last night with a total of 5. Good pace and only one flat. Quite a few crashes though. Beers in the driveway of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tysonnemb View Post
    Yeah I do have a bit of a mailbox head.
    lol, just joshin' with ya. Couldn't resist the Forever Alone comic character, after your description. Was stoked to see they had a mtbk meme. Does google EVER let me down? Nay.
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    I'll start up a new thread for the Thursday night ride. What time do you think? Meet at 7:30 and start rolling by 8pm?

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    We're hip for whatever whenever!
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    So for all that have ridden Hawes, would you recommend people new to the area to check the trails solo or with a crowd. (Will i get lost easily, and yes I have proper day and night riding gear) My schedule isn't always the best for group rides and after a month of living less than a mile away.....I wanna ride this system. Advice would be great! Thanks.
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    Grab a map and get your butt out there.

    I can only think of a few intersections that have no signage. Unless you end up way east, you can usually see back down to Power Rd/Bush Hwy. It's not intuitive the first few times out, but a decent sense of direction and a map, and maybe a GPS bread crumb trail will lead to some fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbfyrefyter View Post
    So for all that have ridden Hawes, would you recommend people new to the area to check the trails solo or with a crowd. (Will i get lost easily, and yes I have proper day and night riding gear) My schedule isn't always the best for group rides and after a month of living less than a mile away.....I wanna ride this system. Advice would be great! Thanks.
    There are a few unsigned spurs but it's not that hard to get lost out there once you get your bearings. Here is the one and only map you really need for Hawes:

    http://www.globalbikesbikeshop.com/C..._HAWES_MAP.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbfyrefyter View Post
    after a month of living less than a mile away......
    Just get out there and ride! when I first started riding out there it never even occurred to me that there may be a map of the area. and there was no signage anywhere out there. it's a super easy place to find your bearings. hit it!

    In my opinion just riding and exploring is 75 percent of the fun of being out there. staring at a GPS track or stopping every 3 minutes to look at a map would ruin the ride for me. Don't get me wrong maps and tracks have their place they're just not necessary for having fun at Hawes.

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    More Hawes stoke from today

    Didn't hit the trails until 11 a.m.. not a single person in the entire system that I ever came across... and plenty of rain.
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