4 Corners states

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by cb60130, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. cb60130

    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    This was probably my longest stretch of boring road on the trip. Aside from that moonscape it was about 100 miles of this kind of stuff
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    The only part of the trip that gave me an uneasy feeling was on this stretch of road as well. I'm usually pretty good about checking my 6:00. Maybe the miles were just melting together, but all the sudden I looked in my mirror and there was a car right behind me. It ain't like it's easy to sneak up on anybody out there, you can see a car coming for miles. I started thinking... how the hell did they sneak up on me like that? And if the caught me that fast, Why aren't they passing me? Your mind plays with you sometimes but I was formulating my plan to get the heat out of the tank bag in a hurry. I rolled off the throttle a bit and waved them by... they obliged and I was glad to see it was just an old blue haired couple out for a drive. They waved as they passed and pulled away.

    A little ways before I hit Thoreau and I-40 the terrain starts to improve a little and there's some bluffs and a curve or two in the road. I had really spent a lot of time in the morning not moving and it was getting late in the day at this point. My original plan was to continue south to a bend in the road town called Quemado where I'd grab some gas and a few oat sodas, then head about 15 miles out of town where there was a campground and call it a day. I started doing the math in my head and it would have been a stretch at best. I didn't want to go to an unknown area and have to set up camp in the dark. When I originally planned the trip I had looked at Grants as an alternative. I hit I-40 East out of Thoreau and hit Grants in about 20 miles. At the edge of town there was an exit with everything I needed. Motel-6, Chinese buffet and a Walgreens. The decision was made. I'd get a room, a shower, chinese buffet and some oat sodas. I was about 120 miles short of where I wanted to end up but it was all good, I thought with a good night sleep I could get on the road early and make it up Sunday.

    After dinner I got back to the room, diddled with my gear a little bit, charged a few batteries and fell asleep long before the news started.

    Day 3 in the books 318 miles behind me.
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  2. cb60130

    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    The cool part about having provisions for camping with me was that I could wake up in a hotel, get a hot shower, boil water and make coffee and biscuits and gravy in about 15 minutes. I was packing my bike as the sun was peeking over the horizon. Also happened to be the coldest morning I'd seen yet...

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    I was on the road at 6:30am... and it was BRISK... the thermometer on my dash was reading 34 degrees as I made the quick 3 mile dash across I-40 to my exit where I'd hit HWY117 south. For some reason when the temp is below a certain point the readout flashes. That must be an indication that it thinks you just might be stupid for riding a motorcycle when it's that cold. I was glad I had bought that new gear. I had merino wool base layer on underneath, a balaclava to keep the wind off my chin and some pretty thick gloves. I was surprised at how well it all worked out since cold is my kryptonite.

    HWY117 was a lonely 2 lane road that passed some really cools bluffs. I had the sun and the shadows working in my favor for some really cool views P1010636.JPG P1010644.JPG
    The moon was still up for a while that morning P1010648.JPG
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    I think I saw maybe 4-5 cars on HWY117, then hit HWY36 in to Quemado where I'd get some gas. there was this giant bull across the street from the gas station P1010651.JPG from the gas station, here's the rest of glorious Quemado... P1010652.JPG
    From Quemado I'd head South on HWY36 to Reserve NM. This was where I had intended to get to the night before. The turn off to Quemado lake... if you look close you can just see the moon finally setting. P1010656.JPG
    From here the road would really start to take the shape of what the rest of my day would look like....
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    Miles and miles and miles of twisty mountain roads... life is good!!!!
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  4. bad luck

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    Your timing is very good, to hit Colorado at the peak of the leaf change is awesome.
    Cell phone camera or not I like your pics.
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  5. cb60130

    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    I hit HWY12 to Reserve and passed this little place. P1010660.JPG
    Shortly after that I stopped for a splash of gas in Reserve.
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    and...the rest of Reserve
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    HWY180 south was just one of those roads kinda built for a motorcycle. I just rode it and grinned. I didn't really stop to take any pictures until Glenwood.

    Didn't look like it was a really booming metropolis... P1010663.JPG
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    HWY180 would drop out of the mountains where I'd hit HWY78 West and cross back in to AZ
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    lonely stretch of highway across the valley... back in to AZ the road was showing a little more promise... KIMG0460.JPG

    HWY78 was a pretty cool stretch of road. P1010679.JPG
    I'd hit HWY191 North at a place called Three Way. I was trying to find two other willing participants to come parachuting in from the Swedish bikini team with cold beers, but there really wasn't anybody around so I just turned right and made my way to Clifton for some gas
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    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    For sure... the scenery was pretty awesome, but hitting fall colors was just an added bonus I hadn't bargained for.
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  8. Jeeper0505

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    Great write up and pics. Thanks for sharing!
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    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    From Clifton/Morenci I took HWY191 up to Alpine. Known as the "Devil's Highway" This 100 miles or so is a spectacular ride. If you care to look it up I wrote a ride report on that stretch back in June. Since I had already covered it in detail I didn't stop for too many pictures this time through. I did however manage to find a little cave that I had passed last time and stopped to investigate.
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    I had visions of a full spelunking experience and ancient treasures....
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    But.... turns out the hole was only about 10 feet deep and there was just a bit of graffiti.
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    While it wasn't quite as high as Colorado, I still managed to get above 9000 feet along the way.
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  10. cb60130

    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    KIMG0468.JPG KIMG0469.JPG Just past Alpine I'd peel off HWY191 towards Big Lake ...

    Arizona wasn't quite as generous with the fall colors.... but we had our moments... P1010687.JPG P1010689.JPG
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    Shortly after that I'd hit HWY260 West to Pinetop.

    This lake was on the way... P1010693.JPG
    I hit Pinetop about 4:30. My in-laws have a cabin there, so that would be where I'd hole up for the night. May ass was feeling it. I called to check in and let mama know I had made my destination. Since it was my birthday, she told me to go get myself a nice dinner. I wasn't going to argue. I got cleaned up and headed down to Charlie Clark's steak house. I ate a gluttonous feast with prime rib and all the fixin's, washed it all down with a couple oat sodas. Just what the doctor ordered. I went back to the cabin and parked myself next to the wood burning stove with a cold beer. I fell asleep almost instantly. I woke up a few hours later after the fire had long gone out. I got up and shuffled down the hall to a proper bed.

    Day 4 in the books, 512 miles.
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    I woke up in the morning in no particular hurry to get moving. Today was the end of my trip. I dilly dally'd around the cabin in the morning. I threw a load of laundry in the washing machine since the bag that carried my dirty laundry was getting pretty funky. I decided I'd head over to The Barn and have some breakfast while the clothes were in the dryer. KIMG0473_01.JPG
    I don't know what the actual numbers are but that's got to be at least 3000 calories of breakfast there. KIMG0472.JPG
    After putting that breakfast to bed I'd head back to button things up at the cabin and get my ass on the road.
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    I opted to take US60 back to Phoenix from Pinetop. I hadn't been across that way in 20 years or so and I figured it'd be a good way to prolong my arrival back to reality.

    Just out of town in the Apache Reservation, more of what I'd been riding through for days, tree lined mountain roads.
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    Just before a large downhill, there was a brake check area, off the road a bit you could see it looked to be a pretty big canyon. I stopped to check it out. P1010697.JPG P1010698.JPG
    one of those things, you'd pass right by and never even suspect it was there...

    Walking back up to the road... P1010704.JPG
    and the real reason I chose this route home... P1010705.JPG
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    The highway drops in to the river canyon and then pops back out the other side... another awesome stretch of road that was obviously built by a guy who had a motorcycle. KIMG0478.JPG
    any time the road ahead looks like this... it's a good day...
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    eventually you get to the bottom of the canyon and cross the river... P1010718.JPG the climb out is just as twisty and fun KIMG0484.JPG
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    From there it's just all downhill... through Globe, and Superior P1010723.JPG
    after that, you're on the eastern edge of the valley that holds the metropolis of Phoenix. You kind of pass the bottom edge of the Superstition mountains on the way in.
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    As you can see on my phone... That line I'm following is dreadfully STRAIGHT... that means that all the mountainous twisty fun is over. Time to go home P1010726.JPG
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    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    I got home around 4:30.

    208 miles.

    A little sad it was over.
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    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    Good report..
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    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    Thanks,
    I was surprised how long it took to actually put the ride report together. I just nibbled away at it when I had some time.
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    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    All said and done it was a little over 1800 miles. 5 days, 4 states. Lots of time in the saddle to do a little introspective thinking, lots of time to do no thinking. I like to consider it a bit of a spiritual cleansing. I'm glad I was able to do the trip solo. It was definitely worth the effort. If anybody has any interest I'd be happy to share the maps I made on Google Maps when I was planning the trip. I also would be happy to share the insight I gathered along the way.
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  20. Todd157k

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    Cool RR. I too have been on most of those roads in CO. I'm planning AZBDR next spring. I'll have to mark this rr so that I can hit some of that you did.

    :drink
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