AZBDR solo on my XT225

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  1. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    Preamble:

    I'm a big planner. I had spring break all planned out. Daily itinerary, GPX files for routes, shopping list for food. The plan was a week of camping and riding dirt bikes in Moab :clap

    Then DH (aka Spokenerd), my BF and best and only riding buddy for the Moab trip did this :cry

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13196186263/" title="DH by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3669/13196186263_07f384c665_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="DH"></a>

    He decided to not burn any vacation time - might as-well work when ya can't ride right? That left me fishing around for how to fill MY week. I discovered the AZBDR which looked to me fairly well planned. Free GPX tracks! I know how much work those are to make!! I decided to bank on all their planning and just GO without really doing any planning of my own - wing it. That's not my style at all! I made a few half hearted efforts to invite other riders but with only a few days to departure time nobody was available. So it was solo!! :eek1
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  2. ElleDubs

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    Day 1:

    It wasn't a solo trip on the way south. DH was kind enough to drive me and my bike from St George, UT to the start of the route at Coronado National Memorial.

    http://www.backcountrydiscoveryroutes.com/AZBDR

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13195763855/" title="Section 1 AZBDR by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3737/13195763855_53ecbbfa25_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Section 1 AZBDR"></a>

    Packed up and rolling out.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13195849355/" title="Starting Section 1 AZBDR by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2058/13195849355_53108a8150_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Starting Section 1 AZBDR"></a>

    He followed me in the car the first few miles up to the top of Montezuma Pass. I was very nervous about riding this section of the AZBDR along the USA-MX border fence alone. The local signage didn't help.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13196573425/" title="IMG_7059 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7300/13196573425_68ee816010_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="IMG_7059"></a>

    Last pic at Montezuma Pass. I'm feeling so nervous here I feel a little nauseous! This is where DH turns back and I continue on.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13196137074/" title="Montezuma Pass. Section 1 AZBDR. by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3834/13196137074_c828d37655_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Montezuma Pass. Section 1 AZBDR."></a>
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  3. ElleDubs

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    Wide open country and mellow roads were easy cruising. The grasslands were beautiful out there.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13195974363/" title="MX-USA border fence Section 1 AZBDR by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3823/13195974363_03a9bdef79_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="MX-USA border fence Section 1 AZBDR"></a>

    I didn't see a single vehicle or person. It was eerily deserted.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13195976513/" title="MX-USA border fence. Section 1 AZBDR by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7361/13195976513_de585b4a3d.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="MX-USA border fence. Section 1 AZBDR"></a>

    I still didn't get off my bike or turn the engine off tho! What if it didn't start again :eek1

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13195990103/" title="MX-USA border fence Section 1 AZBDR by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2275/13195990103_e56f687822_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="MX-USA border fence Section 1 AZBDR"></a>

    After the section along the border the route headed north. It turned into pavement a lot sooner than I expected and I made it to Sonoita for an early lunch.

    After Sonoita I took the "sandy" route through Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. It had rained the day before and been driven on so the sand was minimal.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13197114963/" title="037 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3818/13197114963_dc0096b23f_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="037"></a>

    The area through Hilton Ranch was confusing and I would never have navigated that maze of roads without a GPS track. That took the BDR crew some time to figure out I'm sure.

    The descent down Red Cloud Mine road was the most difficult riding I encountered yet. Loose rocks and washed out road bed. This took me by surprise as it was not mentioned on the map as being a feature. I was so focused on the riding here and not dropping my bike I didn't stop to take any photos. I haven't mentioned that my bike is very, very difficult for me to pick up - a max effort. I'm not that strong.

    The last part of section 1 I was dreading was I-10. I have successfully avoided ever riding on an Interstate on my XT225. I was kinda grumpy that a Backcountry Discovery Route was forcing me onto the Interstate. I sat and looked at it for at least 20 mins before I got up the courage to get on it.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13196185464/" title="I-10 Section 1 AZBDR by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7326/13196185464_58a76bbb92_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="I-10 Section 1 AZBDR"></a>

    WFO on the XT is about 65 mph as I have it geared down for dirt riding. I-10 really was not that bad and I survived getting passed by a few semis.

    Arrived safe at the Super 8 in Benson for a rendezvous with DH for the night :D

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13196018903/" title="Arrived in Benson Section 1 AZBDR by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7089/13196018903_0e12f9d205_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Arrived in Benson Section 1 AZBDR"></a>

    114 miles for the day.
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  4. spokenerd

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    Your need for adventure knows no bounds! Wish I could have joined...broken hands are not that fun. Next time.
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  5. ElleDubs

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    After breakfast at Denny's DH headed back home to Utah and I trucked north on the route - now I am really solo!

    The route was pavement for quite a while after Benson on a nice quiet road. This mail box is great! The pink flamingo really makes it pop!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13197714253/" title="AZBDR section 2 Benson-Globe by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7313/13197714253_dac7b7ecf0_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 2 Benson-Globe"></a>

    It was all fast flat cruising on super hwy dirt roads and some quiet paved roads to Mammoth. At Mammoth the route parallels hwy 77 on Camino Rio road which had some interesting sections, some trash dumped and areas where homeless people sleep. Parts of it felt a little sketchy. I gassed up and got lunch at Winkleman then hit some more WFO time on hwy 77.

    Once the route left hwy 77 things got much more interesting and I started taking photos again.

    Ocotillos in bloom.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13197728143/" title="AZBDR section 2 Benson-Globe by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3787/13197728143_040ec60404_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 2 Benson-Globe"></a>

    Climbing higher towards Pioneer Pass views grew.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13197925094/" title="AZBDR section 2 Benson-Globe by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3796/13197925094_24e0bbcbef_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 2 Benson-Globe"></a>

    The road was good most of the way until the last mile or so it got quite rough with some ruts and washed out sections that made me pay attention. Near the top I saw a bobcat standing in the road! It darted off before I could reach my camera.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13197756263/" title="AZBDR section 2 Benson-Globe by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7025/13197756263_578b2055ef_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 2 Benson-Globe"></a>

    I rode all the way up into Pine trees.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13198114993/" title="AZBDR section 2 Benson-Globe, Pioneer Pass by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3809/13198114993_b0e064a8e5_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="AZBDR section 2 Benson-Globe, Pioneer Pass"></a>

    From Pioneer pass the road was fast, wide and graded then paved into Globe.
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  6. DurtKlod

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    Very cool!
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  7. ElleDubs

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    Globe was hot and busy. I gassed up, got water and food at Safeway and rolled out of town asap. The route was pavement until after the Salt River bridge on the north end of Roosevelt Lake.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13198637103/" title="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3768/13198637103_70d6229e83_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260"></a>

    Shortly after the turn onto Cherry Creek Rd/FR203 I found a nice place to camp and called it a day.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13198662433/" title="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3746/13198662433_54e1d36707_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260"></a>

    Miles tally is 274 so far.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13198833734/" title="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2767/13198833734_793f65fd75_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260"></a>

    I got rolling early. Cherry Creek road started with some nice easy cruising and views of many saguaros. This one had some tasteful decorations.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13198561635/" title="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2713/13198561635_e76485b57c_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260"></a>

    The route crossed Cherry Creek several times. Creek crossings are my nemesis - they make me nervous! this one was slippery.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13198688133/" title="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2679/13198688133_f4bd3c361e_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260"></a>

    FR203 climbed and got more rustic and remote feeling after crossing Coon Creek.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13198702793/" title="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3756/13198702793_9b288efe04_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260"></a>

    Views were amazing.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13198602165/" title="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3751/13198602165_f020543d90_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260"></a>

    About here my clutch stopped working - oh no panic moment! Turns out just the cable had loosened up at the lever. The lock ring must have been loose. I snugged it up and we were all happy again.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13198614565/" title="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3753/13198614565_ae0c81f491_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260"></a>

    At the top of FR 203 is a choice to take an easy option on 288 or a difficult option on 329. The map says "329 is the most difficult riding on the trip". I disagree!! I found Coconino Rim in section 5 to be more challenging and it didn't even get a mention on the map!!

    I took 329. It was the most challenging in the first mile then the roads got increasingly better all the way to Young. Here is a pic of the section I though was the most difficult. This is looking uphill at the section I had just descended. It was steep - tough to get perspective from this photo.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13198627155/" title="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3707/13198627155_dfe0371aee_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260"></a>

    After that 329 was mostly double track through cow pastures.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13198755963/" title="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3821/13198755963_903d7c23a1_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260"></a>

    The Antlers restaurant in Young had been highly recommended. I was looking forward to lunch there as I had skipped breakfast. Important info: The Antlers restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday's :deal Today was Tuesday - doh!

    The general store in Young served up a nice chicken potpie lunch which I ate sitting in their parking lot. Feelin classy at this point...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13198654055/" title="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3808/13198654055_20bf1cb3fe_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260"></a>

    From Young to Hwy 260 was fast super hwy dirt roads and pavement. It was getting late afternoon and I was a little cold when I reached Hwy 260. The route then heads west on hwy 260 for a few miles to start section 4 at the turn off to FR300.
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  8. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    Yes! We now have to ride UTBDR and COBDR :evil
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  9. ElleDubs

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    Thanks DirtKlod!
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  10. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    This is what I saw of FR300 the start of section 4. Closed! Seriously closed with metal gate and padlock.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13198667545/" title="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3785/13198667545_3ef28517b1_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 3 Globe to Hwy 260"></a>

    I put on all of my warm clothes and WFO'd down hwy 260 into Payson. Cell service in Payson and lots of help from DH at home led to this site:

    http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino/home/?cid=stelprdb5441646

    All forest roads in Mogollon Rim District were closed. All FR's between hwy 260 and Winona were closed and scheduled to open around the first week in April. Uugh! I felt let down by AZBDR. Was not this pertinent into they should have put out? They don't have a go-around for this one. I was cold and grumpy and checked into the Payson Inn for a comfy bed and a hot shower.

    389 miles tallied.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13198980144/" title="090 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3805/13198980144_3e774524f6_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="090"></a>

    In the morning I slabbed it to Winona. I was freezing and had to get off my bike six times to run around and warm up on the way. I ended up on I-40 for some more quality interstate time. Section 4 was a bust!
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  11. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    I was relieved to get off the slab at Winona. The dirt changed to black lava rock at Winona which contrasted with the yellow dried out grass and reminded me of the area back at the USA-MX border.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13200454644/" title="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3747/13200454644_4abaeb1fe6_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron"></a>

    It got blacker and more gravelly at Sunset Crater. I squirelled around a bit in it.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13200156835/" title="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3776/13200156835_3e8e47fe93_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron"></a>

    Sunset Crater.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13200170375/" title="Sunset Crater AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3780/13200170375_daf6544e78_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Sunset Crater AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron"></a>

    For a while the route matched the Arizona Trail, another cross state trail made for non-motorized users.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13200184695/" title="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2720/13200184695_14829816e3_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron"></a>

    Next up was wide fast roads over the Coconino Plateau. I stayed right at the first option to ride Coconino Rim trail 310 rather than hit the slab on Grand Canyon Rim. Coconino Rim trail was the biggest surprise of the trip. It was rocky with deep ruts and slow going. I averaged 10-15 mph on most of this section. This wasn't mentioned at all on the route description. It took me a lot longer than I thought it would and I was getting tired so no photos!

    At the end of Coconino Rim I opted for the left turn down to hwy 64 slab and the Grand Canyon view as the sun was getting low and I thought it would be spectacular. It was.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13200538064/" title="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3827/13200538064_32909bfbc0_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13200252555/" title="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3807/13200252555_3ffb1b1d4b_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13200551594/" title="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3798/13200551594_01c9e62650_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13200198155/" title="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3796/13200198155_c82aa29838_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron"></a>

    WFO down Hwy 64 brought me to Cameron and a nice stop for the night at the Cameron Trading post.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13200395293/" title="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3701/13200395293_df94b4a926_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron"></a>

    Tally is 619 miles making today a 230 mile day. I was tired.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13200408783/" title="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2879/13200408783_9d5c9dc919_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="AZBDR section 5 Winona to Cameron"></a>
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  12. BigDogAdventures

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    Great ride Ella,

    It took me 3 times to ride the Mogollan rim when it wasn't closed because of snow --------so don't feel bad.

    Yes---the BDR guys should mention this---it's always closed in the winter---for many months.

    Those 225's are great bikes !!!!

    Keep it up !!!

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  13. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    Three times! Is it worth taking another trip back there to ride that section when it is warmer?

    My XT225 treats me well. I'm little so it feels like a big bike to me :wink:
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  14. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Nice trip and photos. Looking forward to more! :thumb
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    :thumb

    Way too much snow and ice here in DA' frozen north to ride for at least another month. :cry
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  16. BigDogAdventures

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    Yes it is---you are riding at high elevation right on the edge of the rim for miles and miles and have fantastic views----------it's unpaved but very easy riding.



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    When the rim is closed---you can always ride a neat dirt road below the rim called the control road----it's nice too thru the forest---but no high views. I"ve had to ride that road twice because of snow on the rim. It's a good re-route.

    More Mogollon rim pictures.
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    I found out much later after riding the rim road----that Mogollan is pronounced "Muggy--Own". I know it don't look like it---but that is the correct way to say it.

    Riding a bike you can pick up----is a smart thing to do-----as you have done---especially when alone as you are-----I've gravitated to smaller bikes over the years . Not because I'm older----------but wiser.

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  17. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi LW! :wave


    I would have been crapping my pants! I hate freeways. :cry
    You're brave. :d

    It sucks that section 4 was a bust, but it looks like the rest of the ride was good.
    You handled everything with aplomb! nice job :)

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  18. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    Important info: A permit to ride on the Navajo reservation back roads is required. The office is only open Mon - Fri, 8 - 5. Plan accordingly! Possibly another key piece of info left off the AZBDR map?

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201168895/" title="IMG_7057 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3676/13201168895_dc027d62f8_c.jpg" width="800" height="800" alt="IMG_7057"></a>

    Happily I was there on a Thursday. The office was decorated for St Patricks day but with half of the letters missing. This cracked me up :lol3

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13200946755/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2871/13200946755_9c97dcbf20_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    The Navajo ranger had never heard of AZBDR. She was very curious looking at the official AZBDR map and said she had never issued a permit for this before! She took my map and photocopied both sides of it and said she would show it to her boss. Then she gave me my permit. It was $5, they take cash only and keep no change on hand.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201117195/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3736/13201117195_6d863c010e_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    I asked her if I would get chased by dogs and she said maybe if I stay on the main roads and definitely if I approach a house. She said I had to stay only on the roads specified on my permit and do not approach any houses. Fair enough!

    I got nervous again when I turned off the pavement onto the Navajo Nation back roads - just like I felt when riding solo along the USA-MX border. Alertness went up a notch...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201290214/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3692/13201290214_e45c69810a_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    Some hogans were close enough to the main road to take a photo but I didn't dare approach them!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201092113/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3783/13201092113_ee1993e307_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    My first destination on the Navajo Res was the Little Colorado Overlook.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201117043/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3717/13201117043_9e4f1b4cf6_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    Wow!! Willy Wonkas endless chocolate river :wink:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201130773/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3768/13201130773_52738f306d_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    Panorama glam shot of the XT225. Is that an oxymoron having XT225 and glam in the same sentence? :D

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201338814/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3743/13201338814_a6a75cde52_c.jpg" width="800" height="142" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201182303/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3704/13201182303_cdbe44fb19_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    Here is me running to the rim to get in the frame for a self timer shot. Umm - it didn't feel sketchy at the time :eek1

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201135143/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3793/13201135143_583c429641_c.jpg" width="800" height="329" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    I was a little bit giddy at the overlook. There was nobody else out there for miles, there were no tracks on the road and it was freakin spectacular! :happay

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201035245/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2686/13201035245_765bab25fb_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    Another shot of my mighty XT on the rim.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201195613/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3791/13201195613_6014cbf5f7_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    This is the view I was looking down on yesterday from Coconino Rim. This looks over the Little Colorado Canyon towards the confluence with the Colorado River Canyon. the mesa above is the Coconino Rim which kicked my butt riding along yesterday.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201076145/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3688/13201076145_76e64fa5e3_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    I saw only one road sign the entire way across the res. Don't go there without a GPS track or ninja map reading skills.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201222773/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2814/13201222773_4ec8ec2288_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    I saw lots of wild horses but they ran away when I got within 1/2 a mile of them. I saw a pack of coyotes standing in the road. That was the only time I got my pepper spray out of my bag but as I approached they all ran away too. I saw a few stray dogs but they all cowered or ran away when I got close. Nothing chased me like I had feared on the Res!! In fact after my giddy had settled down after the Little Colorado Overlook I felt very happy and peaceful inside. I smiled a lot while I was riding along and felt the Navajo Res was a very unspoiled and beautiful place. It touched my soul and I felt privileged to be riding out there.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201103245/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3673/13201103245_8c8dac8b81_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    I used a Garmin 60CSx. Here the track shows I only have a mile left on the Navajo back roads before I hit the slab.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13203486944/" title="217-001 by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2853/13203486944_d80dbc1d37_c.jpg" width="800" height="496" alt="217-001"></a>

    I lingered here not quite ready to be finished with the Res and a little disappointed I was near its end. Plus hitting the slab would turn me westward and directly into the grey clouds and rain/snow that I had been watching fall on the Kaibab plateau all day. I goofed off with a few self timer shots.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201447744/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3726/13201447744_62f46e822c_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    With cell service at Marble Canyon I texted DH to look at the radar for me. The conclusion was to stay out of the rain, call it a day and ride home tomorrow with 0% precip in the forecast. I stopped at Cliff Dwellers for the night and a very nice meal at their restaurant. I didn't expect gourmet food out here but that is what they served. Vacation mode!!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyndawallenfels/13201289003/" title="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation by Lynda Wallenfels, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3788/13201289003_56ceb7629f_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="AZBDR Section 6 Cameron to the UT border via the Navajo Nation Indian reservation"></a>

    Mile tally is up to 750.

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  19. Mudclod

    Mudclod Mojo Moto

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    Luvin' it! Great photo's.
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  20. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    Thanks! It was fun taking them thinking I would share them on ADV. I have enjoyed many other trip reports.

    Thanks Cannonshot. It was such a great trip. I have to purge all these photos so I can go back to work tomorrow

    Brrr. I hope you have heated liners and grips and gloves and all those keep you warm farkles. I am a cold wimp. I rode wearing 4 jackets on a few of these days!
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