Alone in the Arizona Desert

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dave6253, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Come along with me...:evil
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    ...as I re-live four days of riding in Western Arizona on the first weekend of Spring 2010.

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    I know what you're thinking. :loco Western Arizona?!? Isn't it dry?...:confused

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    ...Sandy?...:dunno
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    ...Brown and Colorless?...
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    A loner in the desert alone takes time to smell the wildflowers (and shoot a few photos).

    Let's hit the trail.:super
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  2. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    Very good there. Are you still here? Where are you riding?
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  3. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I made it out alive. Someone had to live to tell the tale. :lol3 This is a post-ride report from last weekend. I'm chillin' in South Lake Tahoe at the moment attempting to post this with slow Wi-Fi.
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  4. SerGion

    SerGion Adventurer

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    wow so beautiful
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  5. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I race home from work Friday afternoon and toss the last bit of supplies in the panniers.
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    I super-slab it out of town.
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    ...andhead West on the 74.
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    Wildflowers and cacti line my path. It's a beautiful day for riding. (Aren't they all?:dunno )
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    Hello! Dave here again. :wave
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    I continue to race along on Highway 60 through the farmland of the Aguila Valley.
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    I turn South from Salome onto the Harquahala Road.
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    As sunset nears, I find a scenic spot in the mountains along the desolate road and kill the engine. Not a lot of miles, but I plan to take it easy this trip.
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    I pull out the big camera and take a walk.
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  6. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I'm making myself at home when I spot something behind a nearby pile of brush.
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    Hmmmm...
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    No sleepwalking tonight.
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    My dinner consists of Jet-Boiled Chunky Soup and Crackers.

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    I sleep under the stars and keep the fire going most of the night.
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    Tomorrow I explore KOFA.:super
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  7. Bowes

    Bowes Oman Dirty Biker

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    some very nice photographs there:thumb
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  8. littleDONKEY

    littleDONKEY Adventurer

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    Very nice pictures...very nice landscape...:clap
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  9. Dr LC8

    Dr LC8 ...soon or later

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    Thanks for sharing.
    I love report with this great pics:clap

    Ciao

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  10. Ensey

    Ensey KLR Combat Touring

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  11. SauS TaR-TaR

    SauS TaR-TaR Go BaBy Go...

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  12. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    +1:thumb


    Nice pics, Dave!!

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  13. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    I love the vibrancy of the color in your shots. I also like the sleep under the stars aspect as though a cowboy with horse beside the fire. Excellent way to live life.
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  14. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Beautiful mind clearing 2 wheeled therapy in the desert!! :thumb

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  15. snowbilly

    snowbilly Been here awhile

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    Keep it coming! :1drink


    I could become a "Wizona" convert. :clap

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  16. GerryL

    GerryL Been here awhile

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    Nice photos! What camera?
    And what's the story with the hole in the ground?
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  17. chibbert

    chibbert Where the #%$! am I?

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    Great report - wonderful imagery. Thanks for posting.
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  18. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Thanks for the comments everyone.

    Gerry, I'm shooting with two cameras, a beat up Panasonic TZ5 PnS, and my first DSLR a Pentax K7. I'm post-processing with Lightroom.

    The hole in the ground is a mine shaft. They are all over the Southwest. I was near a large spread out mining operation and was probably on their private property.:dunno
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  19. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    I lived in AZ for 9 years and just a couple of times did it get so green as what I see in your photos, which are outstanding.
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  20. memomemo

    memomemo Been here awhile

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    Great photos Dave. And your beast is also looking great with knobbies..:1drink

    I want to ride US one day. But it is a big project for a Turkish man, Maybe one day..


    Drive safe buddy..
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