As we all regrouped I found out that Jeff rolled his Suzuki King quad on a straight flat spot on the road about 1 mile back. He said he just reached up to adjust his sun glasses and the handlebars cranked full to the right. As his quad rolled, it landed on him hurting his hand. I volunteered to let him ride in the RZR S and I would ride his quad. Yea, I get to ride today after all.
Now that the excitement was over it was time to get into the higher elevation. There had been a late snow storm in the area just before our ride so there was snow along the trail as we got higher.
We made it to the top of Tower Mountain and took a short break before heading down to the old gold mining town of Crown King for an awesome lunch.
Some of the others that were camping drove up to meet us for lunch. Here is Shane along with his wife and new baby.
The old Saloon was packed with riders of all kinds. This town used to have about 5,000 people in it during the gold rush days. Now days it is a Mecca for riders of all kinds that like to ride from the desert up to Crown King for lunch before heading back down the hill.
Inside the saloon there are tons of old photos like these of a hanging that was common in the nearby town of Prescott during the gold rush days.
It’s pretty wild to think about how different things are today. Thank goodness we have progressed from those times. There are also many old photos throughout the Saloon showing the train that ran from the desert up to the town. The dirt road that is a switchback road up the mountain used to be a train track. They would run the train up one switchback and continue past the turn, and then they would back up the next switchback past that turn and go forward again repeating this up the side of the mountain. It was quite a remarkable feat.
After lunch with our bellies full it was time to head back down to our camp. Along the way our large group split into smaller groups and headed back a few different ways. I went with the group to go get Zane’s quad. He got on it and it started right up. It must have just wanted the day off. Zane took apart the electrical sensors back at camp and cleaned them. He believes they must have been dirty and shut down his quad when it got hot.
Back at camp we had a visitor show up. It was Bill Clinton. He came just for dinner as he was not able to make it for the ride this time.
Jeff built a pit out of blocks for the pre-arranged meal he planned, which were Baby back ribs. The rest of the group brought all the other fixings imaginable for the feast.
All that was left was to sit back around the roaring fire and enjoy stories from all the rides we had been on over the years.
There is nothing more fun for me than to be out camping and riding with a great group of like minded people. We are very blessed to have found a good core group of friends over the years and many of us met on the forums. Make sure you take the time to enjoy life as it is very short and always buy your tires and wheels from Discount Tire.