Schultz Fire 100% Contained

Fire officials release final Schultz fire status report. Still no
suspects linked to abandoned campfire that started the 15,075 acre fire.
Cost: $9.2M. Two hotshot crews remain, along with type 1 skycrane helicopter
The Schultz fire about four miles from Flagstaff that threatened Timberline homes and burned Schultz Peak has now been entirely contained, firefighters announced this evening.

The fire's size was 15,075 acres, or 23.5 square miles, and fighting it has cost $8.6 million (not counting rehabilitation costs to come). Firefighters sustained injuries that included a back injury, a knee injury, dehydration and smoke inhalation.

The fire began from an abandoned campfire just east of Schultz Tank, investigators determined. No arrests have been made.

Darren's Rides

Arizona residents and bicycling stakeholders Survey

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is developing a State Highway Bicycle Safety Action Plan to reduce the frequency of bicycle involved crashes, fatalities, and injuries on the state highway system. The Plan will identify practical and achievable strategies to improve bicycle safety on the state highway system.

Your input is requested to identify locations on the state highway system that need improvement to make them safer and more comfortable for bicyclists.

State Highways are roads that are maintained by ADOT and are numbered as SR-89, SR-87, US 60, US 89, etc. For information on which roads are maintained by ADOT, please review the maps on ADOT's website:

You can help by:
1) completing this survey,

2) encouraging others to participate by completing a survey.

For all applicable questions, please:
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

Attention: Brent Crowther
2210 East Fort Lowell Road, Suite 200
Tucson, Arizona 85719
FAX 520-615-9292
TEL 520-615-9191

ADOT Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator
Michael Sanders
206 S. 17th Avenue, Mail Drop 310B
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: 602-712-8141

Day 6 Schultz fire-- Recap

Winding the Schultz fire down

Started: June 20, 2010

Location: North and east of Schultz Pass

Size: 15,000

Containment: 50 percent

Cost to fight: $5.8 million

Fire personnel: 901

Aircraft: 4 air tankers, 7 helicopters

Equipment: 41 engines, 13 water tenders

Structures lost: none

Evacuations: lifted

Cause: abandoned campfire

Arrests: none

Closure area: Kachina Peaks Wilderness and a buffer of Coconino National Forest land to east, west and south is closed, including trails leading into Forest Service land from Buffalo Park, McMillan Mesa and city limits.

Beer has its rewards
Flagstaff Brewing Company is receiving national attention from news media for its pledge related to the Schultz fire, which began as an abandoned campfire.

For someone who turns in to law enforcement the person or people who left the campfire, the business pledges free beer for life.

Some restrictions on the quantity of beer apply, said a person who answered the phone at the bar on Friday.

Flagstaff Schultz Fire by night- time lapse

Red Rock Ranger District's Trails Proposal

Please comment on the
Red Rock Ranger District's Trails Proposal 
 Deadline June 30th!

The Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Ranger District is interested in hearing your thoughts on possible new trails and trailheads within the greater Sedona Az.area. Trails and trail heads are being considered by the District as additions to the existing Red Rock Ranger District trail system. Flagstaff Biking Organization is strongly in favor of this proposal! For those familiar with the trails in Sedona, the District is considering including Hangover Trail, Highline Trail, Slim Shady and Made in the Shade Trails and many others. Although we do not condone the construction of trails without Forest Service study and approval, we do feel that the adoption of the trails, with some realignments to improve sustainability, is a necessary addition to the system in Sedona. In the words of the proposal, "No person should infer from this proposal that future unauthorized trails will be considered for adoption. If you have a specific idea for a new trail, please contact the Red Rock Ranger District." Please let the Red Rock District know that you, too, are in favor of incorporating these great routes into the system! See here for complete details. Please submit comments to Jennifer Burns, at the Red Rock Ranger District by email or mail, PO Box 20429, Sedona, AZ 86341, before June 30th!

Link to the post:

Link to Flagstaff Biking Organization:

Help The Arizona Trail

Earn A $50,000 Grant

Before August 31, 2010

Nine finalists from across the U.S., including the Arizona Trail, are vying for top honors in the Redwood Creek Greater Outdoors Project. The one organization that receives the greatest number of votes from among the proposals wins the $50,000 award.

If the ATA wins, the funds would help build an 11-mile reroute in the Sonoran Desert “Black Hills” passage, plus help with needed trailheads and kiosks in Pima and Pinal Counties.

Before midnight ET on August 31, 2010, you can vote for the Arizona Trail project once each day!

Thank you!

The Emergency Derailleur Hanger

The almost universal design which attaches via the quick release allows cyclists to get where they are going when the original hanger is bent or broken beyond repair. The Gimp attaches to any dropout, giving you an almost complete shifting range. Created with machined aluminum for strength, this is a simple and reusable product that was not designed for long term use.

This emergency derailleur hanger can be used on virtually any type of bike, road or mountain. It will save you litterally hours and miles of wasted time and effort. In stock at Sunday Cycles, and waiting for its new home in your Camelbak
Gimp Emergency Hanger/Multi-Tool

2010 Flagstaff Az Mountain Bike Race

Absolute Bikes & St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance
2010 Mountain Bike Race
Flagstaff will be the site on Saturday, August 21st, 2010 for the 9th Annual Absolute Bikes & St. Mary's Food Bank - Flagstaff Old-Fashioned Mountain Bike Race. Always a popular event, the 10-mile course is 65 percent single-track and 35 percent dirt road, climbing over 825 vertical elevation gain during each lap. The race begins at 9 a.m. and is limited to the first 300 entrants. There are men's and women's divisions in Expert/Pro and Single-speed (three laps), Sport and Beginner levels. In addition to the main event, there is also a children's race immediately following the adult event. The entry fee includes five tickets in a raffle for prizes, highlighted by a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro bike frame.


Proceeds from all aspects of the event will benefit the Food Bank. Prizes include trophies for the top three places in each category and gift certificates to Absolute Bikes

Road Trip # 24

100 Mile & Nothing To See
Driving through the desert community of Congress, Arizona on highway #89 you will see a group of rocks that look like a frog. I mean really look like a frog -- and it has been painted in froggy green ever since 1928! A woman named Sara Perkins, a homesteader's wife, observed that this particular rock, when viewed from the proper angle, resembled a frog. She painted it and it has become quite the landmark ever since. Painting a 60-ton frog-looking rock is not an easy task, but the town's folk of Congress have kept it green to this day!
Peeples Valley School, Peeples Valley, Arizona
It's no longer used as a school, but now it's a community center
Drake is an unincorporated community in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States, and a station on the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway. Drake is also the junction and western terminus of the Verde Canyon Railroad. Drake is the site of the old Hell Canyon Bridge, formerly used by US Route 89, now on the National Register of Historic Places
Long ago, two different communities formed bookends for this bridge. On the south end, Puntenney Lime Company was formed in 1892 and exported lime via the ATSF. The post office was established 1892 to the 1920s(?). Today, there is nothing much left, except ruins of the load out facility several hundred feet from the bridge. Just bizarre geometric shapes sticking out of the juniper patches.
They are still building the cement plant
I wanted to check that out
The tracks leading to the plant
North of Drake on 89
Little Hell Canyon is just a few miles north of Drake and
 the railroad bridge is quite close to the highway.
Between Seligman and Kingman Az, most boring part of Route 66
nothing to see but Seligman and Kingman are the best over all..
The Burro Creek Recreation Site is situated along Burro Creek within a very scenic Sonoran desert Canyon at an elevation of 1,960 feet. This peaceful area has long been a favorite stop of travelers on nearby Highway 93. Visitors here are invariably fascinated with the contrast between the deep blue pools and tree-lined banks of Burro Creek, and the saguaro-studded hills and cliffs of its desert setting.

Arizona Highway 93 Burro Creek Bridge
The first Burro Creek Bridge was built in 1966 and sits next to
the Second bridge that was completed in 2006.  It crosses Burro Creek
approximately 15 miles south of Wikieup on US93.
 Milepost 137.8 to 142.6 (interestingly, milepost 141 does not exist).

Construct parallel roadway to create four-lane divided highway. Includes construction of new steel arch bridge, to be similar in appearance to existing bridge over Burro Creek. Length of arch from pin to pin is 699 ft. 10 in. Roadway will be approximately 388 ft. above the Burro Creek below. Total length of bridge over air is approximately 985 ft. 6 in. New bridge will be constructed of "weathering steel" which will not be painted, and will thus acquire a natural brown appearance. Eventually, under a separate project, the existing Burro Creek bridge will be painted to match the NEW bridge. The new bridge will be a part of the new NORTHBOUND lanes.