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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Chunkaliciousness

    My wife wanted to spend a couple weeks in Mesa with her sister doing "girl" things for her birthday. I wasn't invited.....

    But after I got shut out of any rides on our St. George trip over New Year's she got feeling sorry for me and said if I didn't bother them or get in the way of their toe-nail-painting-Jane-Austin-watching-craft-doing-mud-masking-estrogen fest then I could come.

    Uh..... is this a trick? "Gosh, honey. I don't know. I feel kinda bad being left out of all that, uh fun stuff.... but I'll see if I can busy myself doing something".

    Of course, being the dutiful husband that I am, I had no choice but to honor her wishes. It is her birthday afterall.

    Faced with a week in AZ with those terms, it's not hard to imagine what I did. With bike secured to the roof of the car and plans for riding as much chunk as possible we were off.

    First stop: St. George
    I hooked up with the Team Sanchez guys for some flying lessons on the Barrels and other local spots.

    Oh-dark-thirty start time got us up the the top of the Barrels by sun up.
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    My nemesis still awaits.... sigh.
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    Others had no such failure-to-launch issues
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    This is such a beautifully built jump fest. Wasea04 showing how it's done. So smooth.
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    Then there's me....... not so smoooove.
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    I had plans for a aftenoon Gooseberry ride but instead opted for a nice comfy seat in the Barnes and Noble waiting for my rear wheel to be rebuilt. Special thanks to wasea04 for selling me a spare rim and to the nice mechanic at Bikes Unlimited for taking on an unplanned wheel build on a Saturday afternoon when the shop was already slammed.

    So with the only mechanical of the trip out of the way we headed down to Mesa the next day... with the obligatory stop in Kingman.
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    Next stop: Goat Camp! One of the best downhills ever if you like chunky tech..... but you gotta earn it.

    Thanks to Poi Boi for agreeing to join me. Up there near those towers is our destination.
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    Still climbing.... yes, that's our trail waaaay down there below.
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    This really is a nice, scenic climb. No complaints at all.
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    Especially since it gets you to this. Down is good.
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    Pound for pound one of the best tech descents around. Steep, unrellenting, tech puzzle after tech puzzle just waiting to be solved.

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    Poi Boi solving the Jack Hammer
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    Tuesday was Tucson day. Molino Basin, La Milagrosa, Bugs, Prison Camp, (in that order interestingly enough).

    The initial climb/HAB up out of Molino Campground gets you to this saddle. Time to armor up.
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    Followed by a bunch of this
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    and this..
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    And to think I was missing the Jane Austin marathon ...(No he didn't crash)
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    Cleaned it in fact...
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    There's a few spots of easy cruising on Milli where you can take in the views (which are spectacular btw).... but don't fall asleep. There's some serious chunk on this trail.
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    Duncan had to head to work when we finished Milli so Tae and I headed back up the hill to catch Bugs back down to our car at Molino. It was good riding with both you guys. Thanks for hooking up with me.

    I little snow here and there... but this trail was tacky and fast.....

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    .... well after the mandatory HAB anyway.
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    Now we're rollin'
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    Hoodoos. The views never cease to astound.
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    Here's some of that fast flowiness I was telling you about. Gosh.. don't you just wish you were home painting your nails or something?
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    SoMo Wedesday Shuttles was a hoot..... a chilly hoot but way fun nonetheless... In fact so fun and chilly that I never bothered to pull out the camera. I kept thinking about it at different spots but it was just too much fun and too cold to stop and fiddle with it. Sorry. So sue me.

    Thursday I stopped by Sedona on my way home. The weather was supposed to be cold and windy but ended up being a bit cool (much warmer than home though) but not windy. The trails were pristine and empty. The Arizonians were holed up in their pueblos and it seems I had the place to myself.
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    Yep... that's the "trail" right there.
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    See?
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    Just a lot of red rock, blue sky, and moist, packed clay. Yum.
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    And a tiny bit of ice.
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    I hope you enjoyed your birthday honey...... I sure did!
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    1. This post inspires envy and jealousness.
    2. What the hell did you do to get your wheel in that non-circular shape?
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    Simply amazing.

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    Awesome! I need to get to AZ!

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    Some great pictures there krob. Looks like you really maximized your wife's birthday.....that was nice of you!

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    Amazing pictures, I hope I'll get to ride in that kind of landscape someday

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    Good job on the trip. I shoulda remembered you were here when I ran into you guys at the TH for barrels

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    FTW.

    Except that you didn't invite me. Which explains the wheel...

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    Rockin as usual! You really did a hum-dinger to that rear wheel

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    Mmmmmmmm, chunky goodness
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    Youch! That wheel wasn't pretty looking. Good the rest of the trip worked out though!

    Very nice! All the pics I have seen of Goat make it very, very enticing.
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    Way to be a wonderful, supportive husband! It looked like you really had to work at it.

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    Kent, you're practically an Ironman........sooooo many trails! I'm glad the wheel worked out for ya, it was a really great time to get out and ride with you again!
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    You did a good number on that wheel- looks like you cased it just right! How did the tire fare?
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    such a good husband
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245
    2. What the hell did you do to get your wheel in that non-circular shape?

    Quote Originally Posted by bholwell
    You did a good number on that wheel- looks like you cased it just right! How did the tire fare?
    Yep. I came up just a bit short on a 12 ft gap whose tranny was guarded by a very square-edged rock. Rock = 1; Rim = 0
    Surprisingly enough, the tire was fine. Score one for Exo Protection.

    I just heard a big pop as the tire was blown off the rim and rode it right out. Didn't even crash. I guess the rim/tire acted like a nice crush zone so I didn't get bucked OTB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wasea04
    Kent, you're practically an Ironman........sooooo many trails! I'm glad the wheel worked out for ya, it was a really great time to get out and ride with you again!
    I've just been laying around yesterday and today trying to recover. Maybe there'll come a day when I can't do all-day rides day after day like that for a whole week.....but I hope not.

    Good riding with you again too, Allen. Thanks for the tuteledge and the rim. It saved the week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    FTW.

    Except that you didn't invite me. Which explains the wheel...

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    I did invite you. Pay closer attention next time.

    Ah, it woulda been fun having you along Mike. Both Chad and Louis invited me on afternoon tech rides near Oracle that I had to pass on due to our lateness getting off the mountain and the lack of reserve oomph in my legs. I remember your pictures of those rides and knew I would've enjoyed it too.

    One more reason to return.

    Do you know how to build 26er wheels too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbster15
    Good job on the trip. I shoulda remembered you were here when I ran into you guys at the TH for barrels
    Thanks. Allen didn't mention that was you in the truck until after we left. I would've like to have met you.
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    Was one of those a Gary Fisher? What kind? Looks like mine.

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    That looks like some great riding!
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    wicked pics

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    Delicious indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    All the pics I have seen of Goat make it very, very enticing.
    I'm certain you would like Goat Camp, scrub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by o0adam0o
    Was one of those a Gary Fisher? What kind? Looks like mine.
    No, no Gary Fisher bikes featured in this report.

    I'm on a Knolly Delirium T
    The other bikes featured in order of appearance....
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    So there actually are places in the U.S. that aren't covered in snow? Great photos!

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    Awesome post.

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    I can't believe you gave up a mani-pedi for all that!

    I think my Knolly needs to head that way soon.... For a "spa day."

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    Nice! Gotta get me back down thatta way. Soon. Hmm...
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Spousal support systems in perfect synch.
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    Thanks for that desert hit. Stark contrast to the land of white I'm currently in.

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    nice ! that goat camp is fun & challenging!

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    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    I can't believe you gave up a mani-pedi for all that!

    I think my Knolly needs to head that way soon.... For a "spa day."
    Absolutely. Now that's my kind of "spa".

    PS: I really enjoyed your last ride/food picture post. The bald eagle shots were amazing. Good luck on your guide service.

    A few more pics added by mfshop whom I rode with in Tucson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Nice! Gotta get me back down thatta way. Soon. Hmm...
    I need to get to Moab. When's the next Moab trip?
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    I really enjoyed your last ride/food picture post. The bald eagle shots were amazing. Good luck on your guide service.
    Thank you! I'm pretty darned excited about the whole thing!

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