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Old 06-07-2010, 08:34 PM   #1
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Solo Ride To Mt.trumbull & Twin Points

My first RR. Memorial Day 2010.
I had hoped to ride all weekend but due to family activities I couldn't get away until Monday. I woke up early and packed a few tools, snacks and water. I warmed up a steak for breakfast. It was left over from yesterdays BBQ, delicious!


I put the Flag up. It was the beginning of a beautiful Memorial Day.

52 degrees 26% humidity at 6:53 a.m. hmmm.. somebody should fix
the time on that thing, not me, I'm going riding.

I'm out the door and on my way. These are some pics. of Hwy 18
toward St. George.

Snow's Canyon on the west side as the sun comes over the hills on the east side of the Hwy.





and then my fuel light comes on. 37 miles to empty.
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:43 PM   #2
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Outta gas already? Dude, a KLR would just be warmed up!
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:08 PM   #3
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She was thirsty this morning! I also grabbed a couple gatorade's for me later.


I jumped on I 15 for a couple of miles down to the new southern parkway (exit 2) and headed east. it was empty.

another couple of miles and then,


It ends at River Rd. for now. a left will take you to the new industrial park, but a right will point you at what is known as the Arizona Strip. hundreds of miles of dirt roads going all the way to the Grand Canyon.

My first stop was this marker just off the main road about 10 miles in.

This must be one of the rocks mentioned on the sign.


I checked on my precious cargo, and continued on.

I twist a full loop of the bungee net around the neck of each bottle to keep them from leaving me.

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Old 06-07-2010, 09:14 PM   #4
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Outta gas already? Dude, a KLR would just be warmed up!

actually I had put off fueling up on my way home friday, cause I wanted it topped all the way off right b4 I hit the desert.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:36 PM   #5
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If you've never been on the AZ Strip, it is desolate country. this is about 40 miles in from the pavement.
Looking North...
and South...


These signs are at every cattle guard. I dont know who these bicyclists are and I never saw them but they must be hard core if there riding out here. some of these are over a 100 miles in.


I finally got to Mt. Trumbull and the One Room Schoolhouse. These are the signs if you want the history.






There are a bunch of old photos on the walls, so I took these because it was Memorial Day.




There was an older couple in a jeep here. He came over and asked me about my bike. He said he thought it was a BMW because of the engine, but hadn't ever saw a BMW like this one. He looked around and asked if I was all alone. When I confirmed that I was he became very worried about my safety and told me a story about how he and his wife had to walk 12 miles to find help after breaking down out here once. (I didn't see his reasoning. If he would have been alone his wife wouldn't have had to walk the 12 miles.) But I kept my stupid comments to myself and assured him I would be careful. He went east toward Tuweep, and I went west toward Poverty Mountain.
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:40 AM   #6
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Good start. Let´s see some more!
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I put the Flag up. It was the beginning of a beautiful Memorial Day.
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Old 06-08-2010, 08:12 PM   #8
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Not much to Poverty Mountain. Just a little more elevation, and a few more trees.
After a few more miles I met back up with the main road heading the direction I needed to go.

This sign was just off the road.
Now I know why the guy back at the school house was so worried about me.
Me, clear out here in Indian country, without my trusty ole' .30-.30
I would keep a sharp eye out the rest of the trip.

The road continued on for what seemed like all day, through the dry sage brush and scattered cedar trees. Past Mt Dellenbough turn off, on and on.
Then finally there were Pine Trees, and the road twisted through them in the shade.

Now this is more like it. Me giving two thumbs up.

It didn't last long. soon I was back into the Cedar Trees, and the road kept going and going.

Some sections got a little rough, and some a little loose, but over all the roads out to Twin Points were fine for a GS. I never got into any sand, (unlike the road to Tuweep).
This was probably the worst spot I encountered. Kind of steep and loose but we went right up it, no problems.
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:19 PM   #9
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I came across this register for the National Park, so I signed in.

The road kept going and going...

The wildflowers were growing everywhere. These pics do not do them justice, (too much light).


this one is growing right in the road!

I came around a bend and almost ran over this!

Someone lost a piece of firewood.
That could have been ugly.
I kept on riding and riding and almost gave up when this appeared off to my right.I finally made it!


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If you have never been to the Grand Canyon, you need to go. Pictures will
never compensate for the feelings you get standing on the rim looking out. I have been to the Grand Canyon several times and every time I arrive and look out over it, I am amazed.






The road continues a few more miles out to the most southern point. the last few pics were taken there.

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I then turned around and headed home. To see my return trip please reverse back through these posts, skipping the detour over to the schoolhouse.
Although I did make one small detour on the way back and rode a few miles up to Mt.Dellenbough
This old cabin was up there. I would have liked to follow this all the way to Kelly Point, but I had to work the next day. Maybe next time.

Trip:
Paved miles: approx. 70
dirt miles: 221
total time: 11 hours
# of times bike laid down: 0 (I lucked out again)
animals seen: 3 squirrels,1 coyote,1 antelope,a lot of cows
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