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    Arizona Trifecta. [0]

    My annual Spring trip had been delayed to the ultimate moment this year...... but thankfully, Spring held on for just a wee bit longer so I could get an AZ hat trick in before June struck hot and heavy.

    I normally go to Moab this time of year and was waffling even up to the last moment but I really wanted to see some of the AZ stuff that's been bandied about over that last little while.

    In short.... it did not disappoint.


    Day 1: Preskit
    Despite a few naysayers trying to dissuade me from Prescott, Enel talked me into sampling some of his local techy fare. He'd viewed enough of my posts to know that I would enjoy this little granite boulder garden. He was right.

    Photo credit goes to Enel except in cases where he's in the pic on his snow camo Lenz Lunchbox tearing it up.

    Steep rollers abounded.
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    Drop opportunities were abundant.
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    There were some things I did not clean. (Hard to believe, I know )
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    Enel bunny hopped around this tight corner and cleaned it to the top..... Me.... well not so much.
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    Rock skinnies and more rollers. Oh my.
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    No "real" elevation gain but we regained the same 30-60 feet over and over again.
    This is just one of many lung-busting, leg-wrenching climbs on this ride. I'm not ashamed to say that I was toast.... even before the end of this ride.
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    Up one side....
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    ... and down the other ad infinitum.
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    This was mucho funno. Special thanks to Chris who is the City Parks worker/rider that routed/built much of this trail and is still out with his can of white paint adding more. In fact part of this loop he'd just barely marked and when we saw him out on the trail he said to be careful not to ride over the white dots because they were still wet! Fresh stash indeed!

    And Enel was a super nice, super skilled host....... even if he did tear my legs off.
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    Day 2: Flagstaff

    Unfortunately my New Mexican ride partner/photog had to bail out at the last minute due to some buddies dropping out on him at the last minute so I didn't get many pictures in the Flag. I can say that the trails were amazing, though very different from Prescott.

    I climbed to the top of Mt. Elden a couple of times following some suggestions from Rockman and Dale's map. But the real find was Wasabi. Holy-freaking-cow! That was FUN!.

    2/3 of my photo output for the day. Lame I know. Blame AndyN. LOL.

    I think I was lost on Onceler here.... but hey, it was sinewy and buff and I just kept wondering.
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    About a 1/2 mile from total steep, tech, droppy, nirvana.
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    Day 3: Sedona (wait for it.... wait for it)

    Having harangued some hapless guides into showing me around the happy, healthy, hamlet or Sedona I came away healed, hysterical, and hedonistically content.

    Jeff and Scott know their way around the backways of Sedona.... and killer riders and nice guys to boot. Thanks for the trip.
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    We climbed.
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    ....with a few downs before topping out on the saddle.
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    As we were getting ready to leave the saddle these hikers were astonished to see the route we took. "You gotta be sh%#% me" the guy said as we rolled off the edge. They even applauded our successful descent after watching slack-jawed.
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    There's plenty of overhangs and ledges on this next part.
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    Fun sketchy chutes and steep rollers gallore.
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    Splorin' for new lines.
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    Yeah, this looks doable.
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    And the cactus was in bloom. You just can't beat that. Wow. What a day.
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    Day 5: Cowboy Trails LV

    I returned to LV to spend the rest of the weekend with the fam Saturday night.... but Monday morning I woke up at like 4:00 am and couldn't get to sleep (maybe it was that 12 hours of sleep I got Saturday night) so got up and headed over to the Cowboy Trails. I had a score to settle with a certain 8 footer.

    Climbing. I don't care who you are.... this climb kicks butt.
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    So I stopped to smell the flowers a bit.
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    Finally topped out at the overlook and was ready to teach the Boneshaker who was boss.
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    You know how some days you're just "on it" and everything is just clicking? Well, this day was not one of those days. I sucked. I tipped over. I rolled up to 3-4 footers a couple of times before launching and failed to even attempt the "9 footer" that ended up being more like a 5-6 footer when I realized you don't actually launch from where the gate is.... you launch 2 feet lower. Then I flatted and realized that while my new Single Ply Minions with Exo Protection handled the semi-gnar of Sedona, Prescott, and Flag really well they were no match for the uber-gnar of the Boneshaker. So I'll mount up some gosh-awful 1400 gram two ply monsters and return again sometime to see if the Boneshaker will kick my butt again..... or if I can finally rule it.

    Thanks for stopping by. Hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend too.
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    Awesome! That short up-down and repeat over and over again on the ride thing is like the rock crawling out here!

    That stuff looks incredibly fun!
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    Nice pics Krob,
    Makes me feel bad I never went up to Prescott to ride when I lived in AZ...

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    Krob, whenever I look at ur bike for split second I think it's mine due to the blue frame and fork. If you had white rims they could almost be brothers from a different mother. Nice pics thanks for the stoke man

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    Awesome! That short up-down and repeat over and over again on the ride thing is like the rock crawling out here!

    That stuff looks incredibly fun!
    Yeah, I'll bet we didn't cover more than 10-12 miles on that first afternoon..... and it took 4 hours! Totally different than what I'm used to ..... but super fun indeed. This place reminded me of some of the places you post..... except without the trees.


    Days 2-3 (and 5) now up.

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    Nice pictures Krob, I always look forward to your posts.

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    That was a fun day. Cool pics from the other days of your trip. I can't wait to ride Flagstaff.

    It was good to meet you, I'm glad you had a good time.


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    What day were you in Flag? Hopefully not Saturday when a bunch of us were up there. Looks like you had a good trip and sampled some of our lesser known stuff.
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    Nice riding (as usual) KRob! Fall is just around the corner and SoMo awaits!
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    Good stuff that.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Good to hear from You Kent! Looks like the riding was excellent(love the SW). We just did a night ride up Cowboy Trails last night. What a test of legs on this old man! I guess the boys are coming out your way in June, wish I could say the same, take care, Shawn
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    Beautiful! Prescott looks like my kind of riding--I'll put it on the ever growing list of places I need to ride! Thanks for the passion hit!

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    Nice pics and ride reports man, thanks!

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    How many times were you stopped and asked to show your papers?
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    How many times were you stopped and asked to show your papers?
    That's just what I was wondering...
    Then again, he looks white. Me, on the other hand, while I'm an American citizen, I'm brown. So no Arizona trips for a while. Don't want to get harassed by some overzealous cop who "assumes" I'm illegal just because I'm driving at the speed limit or riding a nice bike...

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    Friday morning motivation to work is now gone. Desire to bail and head on south has taken residence.
    I'll blame you.
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    Some epic looking riding, my list is growing as well.

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    I know that rock in the first picture...it's huge and very steeeep, that picture does not give you enough credit for rolling down it!

    Nice RR (you coulda called while in LV yunno )

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    How many times were you stopped and asked to show your papers?
    Is this reference to my Team Sanchez jersey?..... I'm an honorary member, you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beagledadi
    (you coulda called while in LV yunno )

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    Were you up at 4:00 am Monday morning when I made the snap decision to go do the Cowboy Trails? I thought not.

    You know Prescott? You are a well traveled man. That is a big steep roller. Some butt puckering was going on right at the top.
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    Awesome riding, awesome trails

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    You how some days you're just "on it" and everything is just clicking? Well, this day was [I
    not[/I] one of those days. I sucked. I tipped over. I rolled up to 3-4 footers a couple of times before launching and failed to even attempt the "9 footer" that ended up being more like a 5-6 footer when I realized you don't actually launch from where the gate is.... you launch 2 feet lower. Then I flatted and realized that while my new Single Ply Minions with Exo Protection handled the semi-gnar of Sedona, Prescott, and Flag really well they were no match for the uber-gnar of the Boneshaker. So I'll mount up some gosh-awful 1400 gram two ply monsters and return again sometime to see if the Boneshaker will kick my butt again..... or if I can finally rule it.

    Thanks for stopping by. Hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend too.
    Nice write up. Nice riding with you.

    I guess your rib didn't hold you back too much.

    I love Cowboy trails as well, but Boneshaker is one of the few trails I have actually been afraid of while riding.
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    Good stuff Krob. I wish I was coming to your race this weekend, it would be great to catch up.

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    salt----->wound

    very nice, nonetheless.

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