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    AZSF05, Tejas style. Or... what happened to those guys?

    Our little story begins as they usually do, the all night drive. We bust out of town after work on Tuesday, load up the rental van and hammer down. This time, first light is in Lordsburg, NM.


    Arriving at CJ&ME's place in Tucson and ready to ride by noon. First time here for us, so we check out the local stuff: the "50 yr" trail system. These trails offer some fine scenery, a few interesting technical sections, lots of buff flowing singletrack, and spines. Lots of spines. The southwest is enjoying an ENSO spring and the desert is in bloom.








    Day 2: We hook up with Flingers. Today's objective is La Milagrosa. We arrive at the meeting spot fashionably late but there are still bikes to pack in the trailer. And beer to buy.


    Sweet, sweet trail that Milagrosa, here Ian shows us how this tasty little spot is done. Got to the bottom and everyone had gone their separate ways. ? Oh well, more beer for us. Happily Yuri showed up with a ride to offer back to our van at the top. Silliness ensued.




    Day 3: If this is Friday, this must be Phoenix and these must be the White Tank Mountains. Being off-duty, breakfast enjoyers and averse to Phoenix rush hour traffic, well let's just say we didn't make it to the trial head in time to meet up with the rest of the Flingers. Well OK, didn't even try, we didn't roll into the trailhead 'til nearly noon. Armed with a really good map (thanks Dale), we set off. This is our big ride of the trip. The route spends some time climbing, sometimes gradually, ...


    and sometimes, uh, not so gradually...


    through wildflowers on it climbs, ...

    [img}https://www.davidmorse.us/times/2005/Arizona/500/tn_IMG_6228.JPG[/img]

    and climbs.


    (tough going for us flat landerz)

    Finally the trial tops out with a really nice seciton of ridgeline trail...




    and then the descent. Oh, the descent. Or should I say, Ow the descent. Perhaps I should just say that the sections that were ride-able were really fun.


    Awesome route.



    Day 4: The plan was to hook up with more Flingers in Sedona. But rain was in the forecast up there. Lots of it. We hung tight in Tucson, watched the rain in the hills above CJ&ME's place, and waited for a break...


    Early afternoon a brightening on the southern horizon the promised an opening sky and with faith we headed back up to Milagrosa. Special thanks to UncleMTB for the shuttle. The morning rain left the trail in perfect condition and with our mid-afternoon start, the light was really nice.










    This was a spectacularly pleasurable second run down and a fine way to cap off the weekend.

    Unfortunately a weekend is just a weekend and, well, Monday happens. Time to hit the road for the long haul home.


    OK, so we hauled our butts out for the Fling and only managed to hook up for one ride and one party. I guess we just Fl'ed. Weather was a factor and we got what seemed best to get. Thanks to our hosts CJ and ME and to Sundog our Thursday's guide and head taco chef. Good meeting all those that we did. Sorry we missed the now legondary nakedness in Phoenix. Another time perhaps.
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    Beautiful!

    thanks for sharing the Beautiful pix! awesome seeing the desert that green

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    Great Pics and more from our ride!

    Glad you guys were able to come up and ride Goat Camp and the map didn't get you lost.

    Here are some pics from our ride. Pics There are only a couple of pics of the top section of the DH. Having way to much fun on the DH to stop and get any pics. How much of the DH did you guys ride? I will be doing this ride again next year!

    [QUOTE=icegeek]Our little story begins as they usually do, the all night drive. We bust out of town after work on Tuesday, load up the rental van and hammer down. This time, first light is in Lordsburg, NM.

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    Thanks for that post! That's what the desert looked like when I was out there for Spring Fling (2? I don't know) and it brings back a lot of good memories. Ironically, they're not of riding, because I did the same thing as you, but it was still a great trip. Thinking of it and looking at your pics makes me get the itch to move out there again.

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    Good job!

    great shots! thanks

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    thanks for the pix

    I've missed the last few years, but in '01 the desert was in full bloom. Beautiful shots, and hard to not stop once in a while to just enjoy the scenery. Jim

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    Glad to have been...

    ...of service to you.
    Thanks for feeding me breakfast and for the company as well.

    When you venture out again drop me a line...you never know where I'll be next.

    Tim

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    Yea thanks for the tainted beer..... ;-)
    This is just need to know information: Am i supposed to enjoy the irony or pity the sincerity?

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    Dude, was that guy pushing his bike wearing blue lycra shorts?

    It may be time for an intervention.

    Seriusly, nice pics. Thats for the great post.

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    Thanks for posting your pics!

    Looks like next time we are in Tucson, we have to spend more than one day of riding there.

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    Great Photos. I've never scene Milagrosa so Green.

    I just moved to San Antonio after spending 4 years in Tucson. Big letdown as far as Mtnbiking goes. I used to ride with Ian all the time. I've ridden Milagrosa 50-60 times & I've never scene it so green. What trails do you guys ride in Austin?

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    Come on up, we'll show you some stuff you'll like. Today's ride @ 2:30

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    Where are you guys riding?

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    great pictures!

    I love the pic with the close-up of the flowers in the foreground and the Turner in the bg.

    scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportsman
    great pictures!

    I love the pic with the close-up of the flowers in the foreground and the Turner in the bg.

    scott
    Thanks! That and the silhouette were the two set-up shots, squeezing what I can from the ol' PnS.

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    Nice passion hit

    Thankx! Now i need to get outside.
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