Arizona Adventures- A compilation of rides

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by cb60130, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. cb60130

    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    I rolled in to my driveway around 10:30pm.

    345 miles behind me.

    It was truly one of the best days I've had on a motorcycle.
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  2. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    i started out about an hour behind,,, ended up 15mins ahead and had 418 miles behind me,,, i guess he does eat slow:lol3
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  3. cb60130

    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    Holy Buckets... I guess I've been off the grid all weekend. I didn't realize that storm was that gnarly. The flash flooding above Payson killed 10 people.
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  4. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    I have an Africa Twin and enjoy the occasional ride. Maybe I can join you guys sometime. I will try to keep up.
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  5. Animal Instinct

    Animal Instinct Long timer

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    Yep, the Karma of the road less traveled was with you. Great reporting and pics!
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  6. cb60130

    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    Last weekend was an adventure... and quite frankly the week since. I've been trying to wrap my brain around it all week. I'm going to bang on the keyboard for a while and try to translate it, but I'm not sure I'll be able to make sense of it all.
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  7. cb60130

    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    Well... that didn't last too long. I fell asleep watching the 10:00 news and woke up hours later with my laptop in my lap.

    Early that week Austin was somewhere in Europe and Mark was tending to some issues on the home front that were keeping him off the adventure list for the weekend so Scott and I had kinda put a loose itinerary together.

    We intended to head North Saturday, camp somewhere and come home Sunday... that was about as solid as things were planned out. Scott was talking about the grand canyon, I'm not sure if he was serious or not but given my window of opportunity it seemed a bit ambitious. My father in law is in poor health right now so my wife is trying to spend as much time as possible with her folks as she can. She wanted to go hang out for the weekend and take my son so I was clear for all day Saturday and Sunday until around 4pm. The only caveat is how he's feeling and whether everyone who is visiting isn't bringing a cough or runny nose. It's kind of like the monsoons... you just don't know for sure. She told me Thursday that she was actually going to go out Friday afternoon and I was clear Friday night too.

    Mark got a late ticket to play for a while Saturday and we all decided we'd opt for a late departure Saturday so Mark could get a little riding in. He'd peel out somewhere late in the afternoon and slab back to town and Scott and I would continue on North to camp and head back Sunday.

    We all agreed on a 11:00 meet up.
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  8. cb60130

    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    Some time late Friday evening I sent a group text out to let the boys know I was ready to roll. I got a couple funny text messages back with pictures to give a bit of a laugh.
    Mark had ordered some goodies for his bike. An Altrider rear luggage rack and a Givi box to go on top to hold his camera stuff. He joked that it looked like a microwave mounted on the back of his bike. Quite frankly he was right... it was a 58L box and it was HUGE! I told him it would grow on him. I know when I first mounted all my stuff on my bike
    I was convinced I'd have to blow out a wall in my garage to park my bike inside.
    Scott sent a picture of his bike in the garage with a pile of boxes and bags and racks all around it. I knew at that point I'd have at least a couple more hours of sleep than him.
    All was well... We all met up at 11:00 on Saturday and started plotting a route North. Mark had the smallest window of opportunity to play so Scott and I were open to his whims... we decided we'd head North on a route he'd put together off of Google Earth trying to connect Anthem to Black Canyon City via a road along a natural gas line. We gassed up and rolled out.
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  9. cb60130

    cb60130 Been here awhile

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    When we rolled out it was getting close to 100 degrees but it wasn't bad as long as we were moving. We put hand full of miles behind us and we hit a pretty big crossing of a dry river bed. Big river rock from baseball to bowling ball sized stuff to bounce over. Just as we got across Mark says on the Sena intercom that his microwave is missing. He spins around to go find his box and Scott and I stop and wait. 10 minutes or so go by... Mark is out of intercom range. A couple more minutes go by and Scott and I are talking about going back to look for him when my phone rings. Mark is explaining how the rack has broke off the back of his bike and he's gonna have to limp it home. We head back to find him. I think I saw a thread here about the rear rack on the Africa Twin breaking off when a gnat farts.... It's true. After looking at the way that shit snapped off Mark's bike I'm not sure it'll hold much more than an extra pair of gloves or maybe a moderately marginal lunch. Luggage is out of the question.
    Mark was pretty bummed thinking his day was over. He figured out a way to bungee cord his box on the seat and he could stand up... but not sit down. He was going to limp the 8 miles home. We weren't going to leave a brother like that. We followed him home so he could drop off his camera equipment and adjusted our trajectory to make up the lost time. We decided we'd pick back up his route a bit farther North off the Interstate.
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  10. azsingletrack

    azsingletrack n00b

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    awesome report, inspiring me to grab my tent and sleeping bag and go...but I have been waiting 4 months for - the rest of the story
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