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    X-post: Ride Report - Bikepacking to 24hr Town (pic heavy)

    I had to go back to work today to rest up from my week's vacation. 3 days skiing in UT wasn't enough, so after my return flight was delayed 2hrs I finally arrived back home at 7pm Wed evening. I really needed to start packing my bike stuff together & pronto!! I dropped off a cooler & extra clothes, etc with a buddy late on Wed, hustled back home to gather up all my bikepacking gear then managed to sneak in a couple hours of sleep before our 9:45a departure out of Queen Creek bound for 24hr Town.

    Tim joined me on the fun, with a little 24 mile bonus thrown in, as he was riding his SS over to my house from Tempe. The weather was perfect, the bikes loaded & off we went on our 90% dirt path down south.

    Off we go!
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    Tim having some sealing issues along the way.
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    Long lonesome road heading into Florence.
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    A very cool sight, watching a red-tailed hawk take flight into the golden hour.
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    Time to find a place to camp.
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    Nice view from camp.
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    'X' marks the spot.
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    Tim enjoying the cool morning.
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    Neat looking area along the mostly boring Florence-Kelvin hwy.
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    The AZT making us feel small.
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    Counter-balanced gate on the Boulders section of the AZT.
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    A few boulders.
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    Making my way through the Painter Boy obstacle course
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    Stash the bike here, walk down the fenceline 100 feet & crawl through, go back to bike. Easy.
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    Not everything makes it through Painter Boy unscathed.
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    One more obstacle to tackle.
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    At last, on the 24hr course up at the final saddle before the descent into the start/finish area!!
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    From my house: 97 miles, 2 days & only 5k of climbing.

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    I settled in the back row of 24hr town & got ready for the race the following morning. I was racing a co-ed duo with Caroline and was trying to keep my times close to hers! In the end, we ended up 9th out of 29 with 15 laps, 7 for me & 8 for her. Not a bad 4 days of riding, 209 miles & 12k+ feet of climbing.

    View of the course from my tent:
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    I happened to catch Kurt crushing it on his 10th lap en route to a 1st place in Men's Duo.
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    The remnants of the whiskey/comb tree.
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    Caroline looking relaxed at the end of lap 7.
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    Word.
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    No, I didn't ride home. Ran out of time!!
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    Nice job! Thats a lot of riding to do before a lot more riding!

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    Ahhh, the desert! Looks like y'all had a great time. Hope those scrawny trees were up to the task of supporting a hammock & its inhabitant.
    AND what a surprise to see a Bluff Creek Ranch/Warda bumper sticker way out West.

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    Wow nice ride adventure !
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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    Ahhh, the desert! Looks like y'all had a great time. Hope those scrawny trees were up to the task of supporting a hammock & its inhabitant.
    AND what a surprise to see a Bluff Creek Ranch/Warda bumper sticker way out West.
    Funny you should mention our scrawny desert trees, we were thinking the same thing!! Tim thought he may be waking up on the ground the next morning, but the Palo Verde's held strong!!
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