Pyeatt Draw: October 2015

Well, that was a great time! I was all excited to get to the mountains and see some FALL! From Massachusetts, to New York, then to Colorado, I have always, always loved fall more than any other season.  Off road, in the pines and cooler air, with friends, what could ever be better?  Jeeperz, that’s what makes it awesome. And one Samurai..what a great time! We have a real assortment of rigs, and every level of skills. That’s what makes it so much fun. Pyeatt Draw is just north of Payson, off Houston Mesa Road. At the second round-a-bout,you take the first right and head down until you come to FR 198. Travel a few miles and you will see the trail off to the right.Lots of rocks, ledges and beautiful scenery. Never let it be said that we passed up a rock or challenge.

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Look at those pine trees! Just a couple hours from home and it’s just glorious! Steve’s lil red beauty had new wheel spacers so was a bit wider and more stable this ride.Just as you come to FR-198, off to the right is a perfect spot to stop and air down your tires. This was pretty rocky, and it helped to go down to 10-12 pounds.

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We had six jeeperz and one Suzuki on the trail. It was still pretty warm for this time of year, but considerably cooler than the 96 degrees at home. Look at those fall colors! Well, ok, they were just turning a little yellow, and not many of them, but it made me happy!

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So, after airing down, we traveled a little farther down the fire road, past some homes and came to the trail off to the right.
Not far down the wash, just after the first curve, We came to a rocky wash and bumped and climbed our way down the draw.

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We all made most of the obstacles, those with stock clearance easily found a way around what they couldn’t climb. Since our pre-run back in June we had a lot of rain, and that was evident; the trail was quite different this time. Still very well maintained and clean.

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I think I could have probably have counted all the trees on one hand that had changed into their fall colors, but they were gorgeous..for Arizona they were perfect. Close enough for me!
There was this rock..a really, really big rock. We couldn’t just go around it, so we took turns testing our rigs and our skills to see if we could meet the challenge.
With some pretty good spotting and a few pretty intense moments, we all made it. Shiny side up, rubber side down.

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Our reward at the end of the trail was a really amazing waterfall. Perfect spot for a little cookout.

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That mountain air always make you hungry, doesn’t it? Nothing like a charred hot dog, some awesome potato salad and a cold beer at the end of the ride.Thanks to all for joining us for a great time and a little bit of fall. Looking forward to our next trip already!!

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