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t_girl
03-07-2006, 10:54 PM
I must admit, being in Arizona in February has it's advantages! The two weeks I spent we had mostly sunshine, a couple cloudy days. Windy at times but temps from 73-84F.
There was so many trails and runs, I've only shown a few here and will have to continue the saga in part 4.

Starting where I left off last, Taz was in Quartzsite before he travelled over to Phoenix to pick me up. There are a great bunch of guys there that showed off their local trails and washes. I saw one video, and I think I'm glad I wasn't filming that one...

When you think the desert is desolate, you come across an Oasis
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The boys from Quartzsite show Taz a local favorite
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Fresh desert after a little rain (The only precip Taz has seen since Dec/05)
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And finally, after SIX LONG WEEKS, I arrive and after getting some, I enjoy the sun[d]
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Starting on an easy run, the Montana Trail winds through scenic desert, climbing up to the Tonto National Forest (5200 feet)
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The forest started out with cactus everywhere, soon to be replaced with trees mixed into it
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Camping spot just the perfect location for lunch
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Coming back down the other side, we encounter an old miners cabin in great shape
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Barrell Cactus in bloom
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Full Moon a-rising...
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Next day we start off on another trail to the Coke Ovens/Box Canyon. This time the miners cabin was not in the greatest shape
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This peak in the background is called 'Weaver's Needle"
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Driving through several washes, we come across an old Pony Express site. What history this place must hold!
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And then, winding through miles of no-where and unimaginable terrain, what do we stumble upon but this.....
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Years ago these Coke Ovens were built to support some of the smelters at the nearby mines. It's a fairly common misconception that they made coke, which is made from coal. However, they were built to make charcoal from the then more plentiful mesquite of the Gila Valley.

Over the years they have been closed to the public numerous times and several have been used as "housing" for the hermits of the hills. At one point (so the story goes) an owner attempted to convert them into a type of tourist resort - and started to make rooms out of them. There were supposed to have been lofts installed in some of them but they've long gone. This project was never finished. We found door frames on two of the ovens, and remains of a bed in one. A couple guys we met said one even had a balcony built on one, but no evidence of that remains either.
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The remaining portion of the trail winds through Box Canyon (where we met ATV's carrying people from South Kelowna of all places)
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So ends the first three days of my two weeks. More to follow, hope you all enjoy

Ironman
03-07-2006, 11:03 PM
awesome pics looks like its great down there[cheers]

Milkman
03-07-2006, 11:05 PM
cool cool cool

Logan
03-07-2006, 11:09 PM
More awesome shots... make me wish I had a Jeep or Zuk to tag along.

YEAH ARIZONA!

fordtruckman
03-07-2006, 11:20 PM
makes me jelous. Nice weather, Nice scenery and Nice wheeling, good times for sure

jeeper
03-07-2006, 11:27 PM
Wow !


Looks like its right out of the spagetti westerns ! I just didnt see anyone with a six shooter :)

Jeepnut
03-07-2006, 11:31 PM
Very nice......One day[36]

Mukaluk
03-07-2006, 11:35 PM
Looks like an awesome trip! I've never been to Arizona so it's always a treat to see pictures from places you've never been... thanks buddy!

Hope you had an awesome time! [cheers]

u-can-2
03-08-2006, 12:07 AM
Very nice......One day[36]

[stupid]

Look forward to these pics all the time. Unreal scerenry [5]

Keep em comin and keep havin a blast guys [cheers]

DeeDee
03-08-2006, 12:54 AM
Good pics.
I wish it was that sunny here!!!:cool:

Murd0c
03-08-2006, 01:01 AM
wow what great pics, one day I would love to travel like that. you guys are so lucky!!

Big_Ern
03-08-2006, 02:03 AM
awesome pics & sotry/history of the area. :cool:

keep them coming[cheers]

Taxidermy
03-08-2006, 09:00 AM
cool[cheers]

lincoln locked
03-08-2006, 09:43 AM
wow very nice pics and story sure wish i could be there [cheers]

tazuki
03-08-2006, 10:01 AM
FANTASTIC job Babe ! as allways , See yah in Oregon next week !!![d] And to the rest of yah , get your asses down here one year , It'll blow your mind !!!:cool:

lincoln locked
03-08-2006, 10:08 AM
hay taz have you eaten some of the barel catus flower ? if thay are ripe there not to bad [cheers]

FINGERS
03-08-2006, 10:22 AM
great shots ,beautiful scenery

Toyquad
03-08-2006, 11:05 AM
wow that looks awesome... i wanna go there[36]

norm
03-08-2006, 05:52 PM
AWESOME[36]

That's great commentary and photo's you guys[cheers]

Burge
03-08-2006, 05:53 PM
too cool, great pics

230
03-08-2006, 06:27 PM
Wow thats so cool

England
03-08-2006, 07:49 PM
cool one day I hope

nykoma
03-08-2006, 07:54 PM
very nice shots there love to go down there and spend two weeks drving around [cheers] [cheers] [cheers]

kootenaycat
03-08-2006, 10:10 PM
Wow! Awesome pics! One day I'll get down there while it's still snowing here. Just gotta pick the right 649 numbers! :D

mini
03-08-2006, 11:39 PM
wow that looks like such an awsome trip

tazuki
03-24-2006, 10:15 AM
Back home , What a blast we had , Hope some of you can join us one year ! [cheers] [cheers] [cheers]

surreysinner
03-24-2006, 10:21 PM
Did that ford truck haul the camper and the suzuki?

I would be a little hestitent to tow a big load like that in those heats with such an old truck. We blew a belt going to reno and it was 35c and it was hell. No one would stop to help, but they have a plane fly over the highway 2 times a day to report broke down vehicles. That was before cell phones where the norm.

Cool pics keep em coming ....looks like a killer trip.

Zukbuilder
03-24-2006, 10:25 PM
Looks Cool guys !!
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tazuki
03-25-2006, 07:43 AM
Did that ford truck haul the camper and the suzuki?

I would be a little hestitent to tow a big load like that in those heats with such an old truck. We blew a belt going to reno and it was 35c and it was hell. No one would stop to help, but they have a plane fly over the highway 2 times a day to report broke down vehicles. That was before cell phones where the norm.

Cool pics keep em coming ....looks like a killer trip.

Yeap , Truck / camper towing the Zuke ... Truck has been totaly rebuilt like new + I take spare parts and tons of tools.. Besides if someone is going to let a little breakdown bother them then I'd say they better stay home and knit some shit! It's all part of the adventure !! All is good !!!
[cheers] [cheers] [cheers]

RIFF RAFF
03-25-2006, 08:38 AM
wow love the stories and the pics[cheers]

gordwould
03-25-2006, 12:56 PM
looks like an awsome trip [cheers]

MundusPax
03-27-2006, 01:59 PM
awesome pics

surreysinner
03-28-2006, 01:58 AM
Yeap , Truck / camper towing the Zuke ... Truck has been totaly rebuilt like new + I take spare parts and tons of tools.. Besides if someone is going to let a little breakdown bother them then I'd say they better stay home and knit some shit! It's all part of the adventure !! All is good !!!
[cheers] [cheers] [cheers]

True true. It just brings back my bad memorys of sitting on the highway in a zillion degree heat on the ashphalt[27]

We were not looking ahead which was stupid.
Did you have any major problems hauling that load?
Cool trip and pics.:)