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Riding Around Phoenix                                          

If patience is a virtue, than I've got so much damn virtue that it's starting to exit my pores.  (Not sure if that's a good thing or not.)  For the past month or two, the riding areas around Phoenix have been closed due to wildfires in the area.  Not just some of the riding areas.  All of them.  So while a brand new kitted out 525 was sitting in the garage, the only places to ride were a couple of hours away.  Talk about the seventh level of hell. 

But not anymore!  They finally opened the majority of the local trails, so we've spent the past couple of weekends working out the cobwebs and testing some of the mods made to the 525.  Damn, it feels good to be back out there...  

Exploring the burnt trails Testing the kitted EXC Nice air on the XR...    
Doing what the EXC does best...   Matching suit on the XR Hey Carl, the road's over there Loving the 525 DS
         

This past weekend we rode from New River to Black Canyon City, exploring a lot of trails we'd not been on previously. It never ceases to amaze me how many trails really are out there.  

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Tackling a gnarly downhill The trail ahead The trail behind Checking out a tunnel Shooting up and over
Underneath the interstate The only people who had a
better time than we did
Dropping the EXC on an uphill   Running water?!
In Phoenix!?
Making the most of it     Carl taking an uphill Did I mention the EXC
likes to wheelie?

While coming into Black Canyon City, we came across a small deserted MX track on the outskirts of town. Even with our helmets on, Carl and I could tell we had the exact same look on our faces... hell yeah!  We spent the next hour or so just playing around before heading on into town for a good lunch.    

On approach for a set
of doubles
Nothin' but air Love this shot Playing on the track Hitting a double on the XR
     
Having a blast If this ain't a greasy spoon...      
         

The old saying goes... you don't know what you have until it's gone.  That is definitely the case with off-road motorcycle riding. For a couple of months we were reminded of what's it's like not have any decent trails in the area. Now that the riding areas have been re-opened, I'm even more thankful to be living in such an outstanding place for people who live to ride.