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    Ride Report: Urban Bikepacking - PHX

    I live on the outskirts of Phoenix, AZ (Queen Creek, specifically) and have been wanting to put together a multi-day loop from my front door. Luckily we have an abundance of great trails all around the Valley of the Sun. It was pretty easy to connect the trail networks with only a little bit of pavement. This particular loop was going to be 3 days & 215 miles, but in the end I cut it short doing 2 days & 117. Still an awesome ride. Full write-up with pics here:

    Urban Bikepacking

    Anyone else in larger metro areas concoct something similar???

    Here are a few teaser pics:

    In the beginning
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    Red Mtn over the Salt River.
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    Pass Mtn saddle
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    My rig in front of the Superstition Mtns.
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    Bikepacking is EASY!!!
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    Camp spot
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    Woke to this view
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    Back close to home
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    cool ride man is that a Krampus with a front shock?

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    Nah, it's a Voodoo Dambala.
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    No time or gas wasted...just head out the door and ride!

    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post

    Anyone else in larger metro areas concoct something similar???
    A few from-your-door routes about that length folks here have come up with around Vegas.

    Doing something of a shorter overnighter next weekend to test some new setups that will loop between the Henderson/Anthem and Boulder City/Bootleg areas.

    Also, have a Flagstaff loop that may qualify. Start point can vary, but, Ft Tuthill to Schultz, around Eldin, down to Campbell Mesa to Walnut Canyon, then down the AZT to Anderson Mesa (and to Mormon Lake for a bit longer loop), then back across to Tuthill. Trying to get some folks together to do this over Memorial Day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertDog View Post

    Also, have a Flagstaff loop that may qualify. Start point can vary, but, Ft Tuthill to Schultz, around Eldin, down to Campbell Mesa to Walnut Canyon, then down the AZT to Anderson Mesa (and to Mormon Lake for a bit longer loop), then back across to Tuthill. Trying to get some folks together to do this over Memorial Day.
    Keep me in mind if you do this!! I've done most of what you describe. There's a possibility I'll be up on the North Rim that weekend doing the Kaibab Monstercross, but details haven't been released yet. Another good Flagstaff route is to bikepack the Crazy88 route over 2 days, really good stuff there! I shudder every time I hear Anderson Mesa, bleh. Miles & miles of post-holes.
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    My one and only question.. how in the world did you pack that couch?!

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    Enjoyed your TR thank you. I've done a few trips from my house but they were not as scenic as yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandomGuyOnABike View Post
    My one and only question.. how in the world did you pack that couch?!
    It's a self-inflating love seat, folds down really small. I like to take my breaks in style!!
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    shweet! Iím in Albuquerque which has similar possibilities from or even within the urban area, though I have not taken advantage of them. A friend has done some trips right from his home using commuter rail to get out of town, then riding back home.

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