A Maine Rider’s Arizona Day Trips

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by kobukan, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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    Great stories DurtKlod. Mid to late 1800's in the Chiricahua Mountains . . . now there's some wild times! Feel free to post the pics wherever you like.
  2. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Great thread, Kobukan. Like the pics and write-ups. The train pics are great. Bikes and trains go well together. :thumb
  3. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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    Thank you RedRockRider. I just noticed the link in your sig and took a quick look - only got as far as the part where you said "It was the first time I had ridden a motorcycle since the Peace Corps in Africa, 25 years ago." Wasn't expecting that - a little over 25 years ago, my best friend and riding buddy was in the Peace Corps in Africa - he was only there six months before being killed in a motorcycle accident. I didn't ride for a long time after that, not entirely due to that, but it was definitely a factor. Still think of him often when I'm riding and wish he was here to see some of this stuff. I'll take another look at the rest of your thread another time - looks great. I've been to Moab and the surrounding areas several times over the years and it's one of my all-time favorite places in the country.
  4. TooTallRacing

    TooTallRacing Been here awhile

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    If I keep reading this thread there will be a house for sale in Indiana.
  5. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Man---I can't express how much I've enjoyed your little trips.

    I've ridden in Arizona lot------my best riding buddy lives in Tuscon.

    But you have taken me to some places I've been------but more importantly----to places I've not been. I'm always keen on laying down waypoints of neat places----------I got a bunch of new ones reading your continuing story---------and I thank you.

    I've documented 2 stories of Arizona rides on my website. You have to poke around a bit to find them down the list.

    But one of my favorite places I went (not sure if you've been there) is Johnny Ringo's grave site----the fastest gun in the West so some say---------his story is so interesting. I found his grave to be a bunch of piled up rocks on a dead end dirt road on private land that allows you access to walk to his grave. Man it was cool.

    His Grave is very near some of the places you've been riding.

    It's here:

    N31° 51.900'
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    You can only access it from the West off of 181 as the road is a dead end into the mountains.

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  6. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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    Thanks BigDog. Like most folks, I've read some of your great adventures. I think I've probably followed some of your tracks. Dingweed sent me some tracks for Camino del Diablo a while back - hope to ride it sometime in the not too distant future. Appreciate the info on Johnny Ringo's grave site - haven't been there, but I just made a waypoint for it and I'll definitely check it out. I've ridden within a few miles of there numerous times.
  7. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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    Roaming around the Santa Rita’s


    There’s something really special about the Santa Rita Mountains and surrounding area. It’s a little different than other nearby areas and has a special beauty all its own. I love the flowing fields in the area around Sonoita, and the views from the east side of the mountains are wonderful.

    On a previous ride I found a dirt route through the Santa Rita’s to green Valley, which was one of my favorite rides. Looking at some maps there seemed to be another route through that might be a little shorter and maybe a little smoother – I thought I’d check it out for the future when I might be out with someone on a bigger bike that wasn’t necessarily up for the longer rougher route I explored before. There were also numerous dirt roads I passed on a previous ride north of 82, east of Sonoita – thought this would also be a good time to see where some of them went. If everything worked out I’d have a nice loop – starting, of course with another run through Montezuma Pass. I’ve been through Montezuma Pass so many times now I’ve lost count, but it never gets old, and since it’s close to where I stay and leads to a lot of great riding it has become familiar territory.

    So I made the run through Montezuma pass, up past Parker Canyon Lake and continued north a little way, and then took a right onto Elgin Canelo Rd up through Elgin to 82.

    The beautiful flowing fields around Elgin.

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    I rode a couple miles east on 82, then picked up Granite Peak Rd – a dirt road running north. I rode through here all the way to I-10 once before, but today I’d be diverging west at some point onto some other dirt roads that would hopefully bring me out to 83 where I could cross into the Santa Rita’s.

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    It gets a little rough through here in places, but nothing too extreme.

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    I stopped to take a break, have a drink of water and enjoy the scenery for a few moments . . . when I saw this cow patty and decided to become an artist. :lol3
    If any of you AZ riders have discovered my artwork in your travels I’d love to hear about it. :D

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    I found one of the roads I was looking for and it was pretty smooth sailing. Eventually, I came to this sign, which gave me a little info about where I was.

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    This is a beautiful area.

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    I passed by Empire Ranch on my way out to 83.

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    No Prairie Dog hunting. Heck, I didn’t know people hunted those things.

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    Oh, that’s where I am! I knew that. :D

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    I crossed 83, and headed west for Box Canyon Rd, not really knowing what I’d find, but hoping it would be a decent dirt route through to Green Valley. It turned out to be a great route – not difficult, but very scenic, and went all the way through to Rte. 19 coming out just south of Green valley in Continental.

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    After a short ride down Rte.19, I took River Rd. over to 82 and rode up to Patagonia for lunch at what has become one of my all-time favorite little restaurants – the Gathering Grounds. A better burger you will not find anywhere. I ate outside and relaxed there for a while enjoying the food and watching folks come and go. Then, it was back on the road again. I took the scenic route home, as usual – south through Harshaw to Lochiel, then the nice run along the border and up and over Montezuma Pass once again. As I reached lower ground on the east side of the pass, almost home, there was a beautiful sunset behind the clouds and mountains, bringing yet another terrific day of AZ riding to an end.

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  8. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Great pics and narration, thanks!
  9. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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  10. Dan Diego

    Dan Diego Long timer

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    Truly enjoying the photos and commentary.

    Makes me want to get out and discover more of my local area.

    Well done!
  11. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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    Thanks guys


    EvilClown - keep that suck-ometer handy, I'll have some fresh Baja pics tomorrow if I can find some wifi down there. :D
  12. kojack06

    kojack06 Been here awhile

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    I sent Kobukan a PM awhile back and told him how much I enjoyed these AZ trip reports. I'm back at my parents house in MD and just looked at thread again and it reminded me of the fun I had while stationed at Fort Huachuca for many years. The location made duty with the less than honorable and professional US Army Military Intelligence branch at Huachuca tolerable.

    Great pictures and narrative! I'm looking forward to returning and riding soon!:thumb
  13. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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    Thanks kojack06. I'm actually in the area again now . . . sort of. I arrived in Sierra Vista again about a week and half ago - been on the road for a week. Headed north this time and have been enjoying some great riding in the Moab area.
  14. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Looking forward to your next installment. I bought a place in Scottsdale last month, but I haven't been to it since I closed. I'll spend October there I think. First thing I'll do is get the garage sorted. You know; epoxy floor, work bench, tire changing stand etc. :deal
  15. Mudclod

    Mudclod Mojo Moto

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    Great shots, brings back memories. I too was at Huachuca in the 70's and rode an XT500 all about. Sierra Vista was very small back then. Broke my first bone out there!
  16. Zeid

    Zeid Adventurer

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    Love this thread, great photos and info. I bet me and many others would just about pay for a map of all the trails you took, you should work for Butler- they still need a Arizona map.

    Out of curiosity, do you ever ride any trails further North, around Phoenix and up towards Flagstaff?

    From what I've heard Tuscon and the areas around it are prime for OHV trails, Phoenix seems to fall short a bit and even then you've gotta get out of the city a bit. I notice the trails around Phoenix seem to be more technical and rough while the ones near Tuscon seem better groomed. I prefer your "dirt road" type trails with a few bumps here and there.
  17. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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    Probably doesn't get much better than October in AZ. Good luck with the new place . . . should give you lots of great riding opportunities. I haven't added much to this thread in my last few trips out here because I've been heading off to places like Baja, Copper Canyon and Moab, but there's plenty more great riding in AZ.

    Thanks Mudclod. Let's hope there's no more broken bones!

    Thanks Zeid. I'm not looking for a job, but I'd be happy to share my tracks with anyone who's seriously planning to ride them - just pm me. It took a lot of research initially to find most of the places I've been since I didn't know the area at all, but it was worth it.

    Haven't ridden much north of Tuscon. There's probably still a lot around Tuscon I haven't ridden. One of these times when I'm out here I hope to just spend a week or so on the road exploring some good dirt roads that are a little out of range for day trips from Sierra Vista.
  18. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    I'm still holding a beer for ya over here. ;)
  19. Hucker

    Hucker Lost

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    And I can bring six of their little friends...:D
  20. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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    Hey guys . . . long time no see - I just arrived back in town this afternoon after 2,200 miles and ten days on the road. Planning to do some hiking Thursday, but might be up for a ride Friday or Saturday. Sunday is bike prep day - Monday I fly back to Maine.