Jan 13, 2010

Four Peaks Pickup 2010 Updates!

Here is a short list of some sponsors that are helping out this year:

Cycle Gear are donating over 100 pairs of gloves, 20 t-shirts, 40 three way T-handles (which if you work on your motorcycle you know are great!), 20 Tool company multi folding tools, 2 Folding ramps, 1 adult chest protector, 1 jersey, water bottles, lanyards and stickers!!

Durham Communications are donating a front loader and operator for the day to help us load trash into the high sided dumpsters!!

Adventure Trailers have donated two water cans to the give away.

Sierra Expeditions in addition to helping with media coverage and selling stickers are also donating a Hi-lift Handle!

Vulcan Materials are donating cases of water for the parched volunteers.

The Mesa Ranger District is helping coordinate and helping with dumpsters.

Disabled Explorers are manning the first aid station!

AZ 4x4 Recovery is bringing a ton of water and I'm sure could be pursuaded to pull someone out if you get stuck! :victory:

Steve Hatch racing has donated some of his new DVD's.

Trasharoo has supplied one of their great bags to give away.

Icon Vehicle Dynamics and SDHQ are teaming up again to give away a suspension system.

Blue Sky Sanitation has generously donated three dumpsters.

Copper State Cruisers are again donating lunch on the grill!

Peter Piper Pizza is helping supplement lunch with some pizzas!

Overland EXPO will be giving TWO free day passes away.

Overland Journal is sending some goodies as well!

Bubbas's Stuff Popcorn Factory is donating a ton of delicious bags of popcorn for the volunteers.

And I can't forget Tread Lightly will be bringing tons of stuff as well.

Jan 10, 2010

Crown King back way... to Minnehaha Flats!

My buddy and I decided to do an oldy, but a goodie. The back road to Crown King. This ever evolving trail is sometimes easy enough for a stock full size and some times hard enough to need sliders and a locker.
It's a great road to blast up on a dirt bike or take your time in a truck. After all, there aren't too many trail runs that you can do in the middle of winter and have a nice hot burger and cold beer at the end of.

Some days it's easy to take the views here in Arizona for granted. Other days it just hits me what an amazing place it is.

You can just BARELY see Lake Pleasant off in the distance.

If you take this trail slow you catch so many different remnants of the mining boom days. I noticed on this trip I saw several new things since the last several times I rode my dirt bike and was too concerned with speed.

The CK trail has several areas with optional side trails that are far more difficult than the main road. This time we saw some International Scouts attempting a side trail.

Heading along the trail.

A Tight squeeze. He used his slider a bit on this one. This area isn't too bad in a truck, but on a bike it's like riding on bowling balls.

An old structure that has deteriorated over the years.

Water in Arizona!

This is one of those spots that I don't even notice on a bike, but took a bit of driving to get up with ease.

Great sign, but I feel bad for the residents. I almost always see evidence of someone there. (People walking around, smoke coming out of the chimney etc)

Trying to go around the rock... but not into the tree!

Poor old water tank near this townsite looks like swiss cheese.

The wood and metal are deteriorating, but the stone work looks as good as ever!

A bit of a tough part. Choose lines carefully.

Lots of traffic on the road.

A little snow on the ground up near Crown King.

Made it to the bar!!!

The local Fire Dept was doing some training. Great place to work!

Main Street:

The OLD store.

A little bit of cheesyness makes for a good day.

Headed out, the LONG way.

Remnants of a long forgotten boom.

Neat old bulding.

Great looking old dump truck.

One more of this building.

Another great old tractor. A BIG one!

Vandals like to shoot things and flip them over...

Heading down to Kirkland Junction!

It was a great day. What a beautiful end to a great day.