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    Stepdown + Wind = Cuckoo

    So this last weekend my buddy Al and I headed to Papago to expand on our experience hitting bigger things after last weekend at NRA. Al arrived about 45 mins before me and with his wife and camera in tow decided to hit the big step down prior to my arrival. He apparently cased it on his first attempt and came back with a fearless speedier attempt... it was around 11 and the wind was kickin up a bit and the pics tell the story. In the 3rd pic you can see his hips have turned as I think the front of his bike is pushing to the left. Probably having kind of baggie pants to catch the wind didn't help matters. Anyway he walked away after laying down for several minutes more than once. Had a dinger on his right upper eye socket area next to his temple, a very sore shoulder, some nice forearm roadrash, and a very black and blue toe. Oh and a trashed pair of sunglasses

    Edit- I said expand on "our" experience and I need to mention that "we" did not expand on "our" experience... "I" quickly loaded my bike back in the truck and headed to SOMO for some action closer to the ground
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    Did the dog check on him?
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    ...bummer about the getting banged up, but the sequence of shots are kewl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckybastard
    Did the dog check on him?
    Yeah that's his dog Chili, there was a pic of Chili lickin his face that was pretty good. His wife was holdin' the camera and she apologized for taking her finger off the shutter button when she saw he was crashin'... Now that's a true freeriders wife!! She did have the sense to get a couple shots of him laid out on the ground though
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    Sorry about the crash. Now would anybody be willing to PM me and let me in on the whereabouts of the area. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruckus222
    Sorry about the crash. Now would anybody be willing to PM me and let me in on the whereabouts of the area. Thanks.
    It says in the original post. Its at Papago park, behind the zoo, next to the canal.

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    I realize that six, I don't know where the zoo is, Papago park or the canal. Never been there just looking to get directions if anybody is willing to give them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruckus222
    I realize that six, I don't know where the zoo is, Papago park or the canal. Never been there just looking to get directions if anybody is willing to give them.
    Ah, sorry, didn't realize you were in Tucson.

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    Cheers Bro. Maybe I should have specified I was from Tucson.

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    photo shop sequence

    all together now
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    Papago is no fun with the wind whipping. It always seems to be just the wrong direction. I'm happier at NRA even if the drive is twice as far. Those drops kinda wore me down over the years we played out there...
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    how big is that jump/drop ? distance in feet anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingRiot
    how big is that jump/drop ? distance in feet anyone?
    Looks like about 20 feet, lip to lip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingRiot
    how big is that jump/drop ? distance in feet anyone?
    In PinkBike feet its at least 50ft.

    In reality its probably 20-22ft.

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    cool thanks, never been out there yet, probably cause i didnt know that was there, any other stuff like that out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingRiot
    cool thanks, never been out there yet, probably cause i didnt know that was there, any other stuff like that out there?
    Last time I was out there, it looked like there were a lot of steep lipped BMX-style jumps. That stepdown leads into a double if I remember correctly.
    Also, there is another smaller step down next to it, but its not a gapper.

    I haven't been out there in awhile though, its always changing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingRiot
    cool thanks, never been out there yet, probably cause i didnt know that was there, any other stuff like that out there?
    No, just pedo bears and meth heads
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    hmmm seems like a far drive for just that gap and a handfull of meth'd up pedo's, looks fun though thanks for the info

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    Evan and I were thinking about building it up again. There's the step down, a couple of doubles, and some smaller drops, but that's about it. The old school lines are pretty washed out.

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    Props for even trying that. especially with a wife and kid!! Props on the pics too!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmarkos
    Evan and I were thinking about building it up again. There's the step down, a couple of doubles, and some smaller drops, but that's about it. The old school lines are pretty washed out.
    Yeah, place has potential, just needs some diggers. Its always fun climbing on the ridge and seeing the giraffes at the zoo too

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingRiot
    hmmm seems like a far drive for just that gap and a handfull of meth'd up pedo's, looks fun though thanks for the info
    It's not as far as NRA... unless you live out there. But it's not nearly as big an area either, or as well maintained. There's a few other gnar features there, some drops, and lots of jumps that are in disrepair. But more just single hit stuff, not really enough room for long multi-hit lines like NRA. It's also pretty gravelly. I heard people have gotten fines for building there before too. But I'd be stoked to see Papago get cleaned up and ridden more .

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    Seldomseen and co. were working on it during the spring . I haven't been out in a long time but I did have some fun out there.

    Props on the gap attempt thats some damn hard ground to go down on .

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingRiot
    hmmm seems like a far drive for just that gap and a handfull of meth'd up pedo's, looks fun though thanks for the info
    It's right in the middle of the city!

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