Cochise County AZ Ride Coordination

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by claycraig, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. AZ-Twin

    AZ-Twin Dusty and Thirsty

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  2. Hucker

    Hucker Lost

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    It worked.

    Lightfighter - money? Who needs it? According to the Mayans, we only have 21 more days to ride. :deal

    Let me know the next time you ride and I'm in.
  3. SpeedySteve

    SpeedySteve Been here awhile

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    Ride Name: Big Bend Christmas Trip
    Date: Departing December 23/24? TBD
    Meeting time: 0600
    Meeting location: Houghton parking area north of I10
    Estimated Length of Ride: 12-14 days
    Difficulty: 1000 miles+ of dirt! 3,000ish total miles. Should be easy(er). I am riding a 600 lb bike with camping gear and food provisions
    Notes: read below


    Howdy Folks -

    I'm in the midst of planning of a Christmas Holiday on the motorcycle. 6 days of vacation from work net me a total of 15 consecutive days off from work. Needless to say, I plan to spend those day living out of the motorcycle; the way a proper holiday should be spent :D. Right now, I don't have any companions on this trip :(:. Even my SO is unable to take time off, so this is currently a solo trip. I apologize for the late posting given the potential magnitude of the trip. My original plans to Baja with a few buddies fell through due to scheduling and prep time. So, last weekend I start planning my backup trip, which is now my only trip, and the trip that I currently don't have any buddies tagging along with.

    I have spent a fair bit of time researching routes and things to do. My goal is to get to Big Bend National Park area from Tucson using as many feasible dirt roads as possible. That is my reason for posting most of the daily routes with Bing Maps, they allow routing with smaller secondary/tertiary roads.

    So, If you have a wide open Christmas break and want to tag along on a well planned trip - hit me up! I am a bit type A with planning, well, more like researching; while out on the trail I may deviate from the plan with knowledge of the surrounding area. I suppose the route doesn't deviate that much, but the timing may (you know how it is, finding fun alternative smaller dirt roads to the plan and spend more time exploring those and not really progressing along the planned route while the sun continues to set and you find a place a hundred or so miles from your planned destination for the night). This will be a cooler trip - I will be sporting heated gear. I also plan to tent most/all of the nights with the exception if a storm rolls through; in that case I will probably be in a hotel keeping dry / not snowy.

    Anyways, this trip should be a good hearty chunk of hella fun man time. If you want to tag along for the whole route - yay! If you have time for a few days - great! Come out and have fun, then ride home to entertain the inlaws or whatever responsible grown ups do :lol3

    Here is a link to the public dropbox folder that contains the word doc that acts as notes/itinerary and the good earth files that I will convert to .gpx format and toss on the GPS.

    I have national forest maps for Lincoln National Forest in NM, Delorme Atlas & Gazetteers for NM and TX, AAA state maps, and a specific map for Big Bend. I am very much a bing sat map/google earth road researcher, so the entirety of the route thus far seems to be reasonably passible by bikes.

    The itinerary and GE files are works in progress. I hope to finalize the Big Bend trip research this weekend and update the dropbox folder with the latest itinerary and Google Earth files.

    If you're interested in a Christmas motorcycle holiday, hit me up! All parties interested, we will meet in person December 21 or 22 to discuss any pending matters and to allow me time to discuss the objectives and details of the route. Of course, we can be in contact by email/phone beforehand to discuss whatever.

    Cheers,

    Speedy
  4. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    Gas money, and food for New Years camping.
  5. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    Hey Speedy I'm just North of Las Cruces so if you need anything let me know. A few comments on your plans: Stahman Farms closed their shop, lots of trees though. Soledad Canyon is hiking only, Lake Lucero would require reservation I believe, the BLM campsite next to the Missile Range Hq and museum is a nice little ride, great views, and a good campsite, the Lincoln NF may be snowed out although still dry but certainly cold, Bahlmorhea is very interesting. I am planning to do a short trip toward BB or BBRSP next week, will be getting too chilly for me in this area so BB is always (well usually) a bit warmer.
  6. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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  7. cms81586

    cms81586 Been here awhile

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    I'll have family in for the holidays so no-go for me...
  8. AZ-Twin

    AZ-Twin Dusty and Thirsty

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    I'm In.

    We need to figure out a day to camp. Sunday night, i could take off Monday.
  9. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    works for me.

    im working on Chris....
  10. Hucker

    Hucker Lost

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    I might be in...in-laws are in town that week, so I'll have to see.

    Anyone know the difference between in-laws and outlaws?

    Outlaws are wanted...:wink:
  11. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    if anyone asks, we say the whole event was moved from the 31st/1st to the 30th/31st just so you could spend new years with family.

    Done.:freaky
  12. acdfan

    acdfan day tripper

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    I'm 90 percent in. Gonna double check that no plans have been made for me. Big question is it mostly pavement or mostly dirt?
  13. Twentyniner

    Twentyniner Been here awhile

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    I'm off work from the 21st thru the 29th, but I may be able to swing a couple more days. Camped out at Barfoot last weekend and it was a bit brisk on top of the mountain, but I'm up for a good overnighter anywhere in the Chiricahuas.
  14. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    Dirt's funner.
  15. Twentyniner

    Twentyniner Been here awhile

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    I put in for the days off, should get them. As for the route, how about GTR to Animas, lunch in Portal(stock up on beer), then Tex Canyon/Rucker Canyon, camp at Fort Rucker/Bathtub Springs campground. Eighty percent easy dirt roads, big bike friendly.
  16. AZ-Twin

    AZ-Twin Dusty and Thirsty

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    Sounds good to me. I dropped a leave form so I am in!
  17. Hucker

    Hucker Lost

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    Done! :deal

    I'm off Monday now too. :clap
  18. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    Second the motion
  19. Hucker

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    Motion accepted...especially the beer part.:1drink
  20. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    i feel like a warmer beverage than beer may be in order...