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TomT and I trailered up to Cherry Creek road by Roosevelt lake yesterday. We then rode 70 miles on forest roads, jeep trails and rock piles. We had one hill that was a real bugger but after moving a couple of rocks and getting another run at it we made it up. We saw some cool things like an old windmill built on a stone foundation with a built-in water trough, an old stone house remnant perched out on a ridge in the middle of a canyon and lots of other amazing mountain features. I am sore today from all the heaving and moving we had to do. I will try to post some photos that Tom took. We'll see if this works.

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Here is the hill that gave us trouble. Nothing but big rocks and gullies.
This was a great ride & what Dennis didn't add is he was lugging a 40lb salt lick, cordless hammer drill, game camera & setting up a game camera.....which must have worked really, really well because a deer about 50 feet away was watching us!
 

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Hill looks steep in the picture. And pictures usually don't accurately portray how steep something actually is. Great job.
 

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That hill was a bugger for sure. Some of the other spots were pretty steep with the road covered by shart softball sized rocks but most of it wasn't bad at all.
 

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OK, I went back in again today. 70 miles of nasty roads. at least 14 of them are very steep and very rocky. I was solo this time. No Tom to keep me from killing myself. I was going up a particularly steep stretch and there was a fallen oak tree across the trail. I had to stop in the loose stuff. Front brakes wouldn't hold and I flipped over into some manzanita. I climbed out, moved enough of the tree and then took my bike to the bottom of the hill and tried again. Eventually my shoulders got so tired from pulling around boulders that I didn't have good directional control. I tipped over a couple more times. I got home and had blood and scabs all up and down my arms. I hadn't noticed and my wife freaked out. Worst part is that I stopped at a Mexican cafe and had something to eat. Now I know why the waitress was giving me strange looks!

It was very smokey due to the Woodbury fire which is burning the Superstition mountains down. TW did great, I wish it had just a little lower gear or a little more HP. I had one hill I couldn't make it up so I had to go off-road and zig-zag up. I took a saw with me this time and pruned the trees that knocked me off last time. I made the worst hill on the first try. The loose rocks did me in on the others.

I will try to post a couple of pics tomorrow on my other computer. This one flips them 90 degrees for some reason.

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