Cochise County AZ Ride Coordination

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

  1. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    Today, not one part of me felt cold at anytime!​
    Bald Mesa has been on the list for over a decade.​
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    The Winchesters​
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    Rode up this to the end.​
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    At the NF fence it got a little interesting.​
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    No further progress.​
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    Back tracking, I shot the south end of Bald Mesa.​
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    I am looking to get up there!​
  2. mntdawg

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    As I rolled back down the ridge I notice a line shack in the bottom of N-O canyon.​
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    Behind the shack is an old road that climbed steeply out of the canyon, but it had a SLD sign indicating foot access only. A quick look at the map and up N-O I go towards Bald mesa.​
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    The bottom of the canyon was a little rocky. I found an exit up a loose hill onto the slope that led to the mesa. As much map study and looking at Sat. images that I do, it is always a little different on the ground.​
    The track went right to the edge of Pine canyon then started climbing a steep hill up the north end of the mesa. Very similar tread as ​
    Rug road, steep side hill, loose round rollers of all sizes and a few ledges. I stopped on a flatter piece to assess the obstacle. As I let the clutch out, in a heart beat the 650 was on its side, this is only the third time in over two years I have had to pick it up.​
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    The ledge is not that bad, and there is always that feeling of how much worse could be around the corner.​
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    A bit more work was needed to clear the crux, then I was rewarded, I am now on Bald mesa after looking at it for many years.​
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  4. mntdawg

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    The vistas were incredible!​
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    Very little traffic here.​
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    End of the line.​
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    I consider the Galiuro, Winchesters, and Dragoon complex to be the heart of the Sky Island district.​
    The ranges.​
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    The Santa Catalinas.​
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    Southern end of the East Divide, Galiuros.​
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    The Santa Terasa with the Black hills in the foreground.​
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    The Pinalenos.​
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    And the northern end of the Winchesters.​
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  5. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    The decent.​
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    This shot has an extremely steep old track going down into Pine canyon.​
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    Looking west.​
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    What I could not shoot while riding up.​
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  6. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    Off of the mesa, I have one more thing to look at.​
    The Pine canyon crossing.​
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    Looking across the canyon, I knew it was not today.​
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    I turned the bike around here.​
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    From a different vantage.​
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    Back in the good stuff.​
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    I rolled back toward the house at a relaxed pace.​
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    When the second rare incident happened.​
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    122 total miles​
    76 dirt or trail miles​
    Unbeatable weather!​
  7. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    Very nice
  8. cms81586

    cms81586 Been here awhile

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    Been a while since I've been on here. Anyone up for a ride in the next few weeks? I've got about a month until our first one is due and once he's born I'll probably have a little bit of a tougher time getting out riding. I'm game for a good dirt ride!
  9. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    next saturday maybe? ill be in phonix this week, ill post up when things firm up a little.

    maybe a border run, bite to eat in Patagonia? im open to suggestions tho
  10. mntdawg

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    That rain was great!​
    As hot as its been it was very nice to feel the moisture in the air.​
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    Down town Cascabel.​
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    Considering how much rain fell, the River road was in good shape.​
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    Scenes along the San Pedro.​
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  12. mntdawg

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    Climbing up onto the bajada.​
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    The end goal of this ride was not accomplished due to private property.​
    Rolled back down the River road, turned onto the north end of the Gomez loop to take a brake.​
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    With ninety miles on the clock already I contemplated my options for the afternoon, knowing the geology change I will encounter if I do the loop coupled with the moisture I decided to visit the Dead instead.​
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    After Prayer, I headed back into the hills and discovered more deceased and doomed.​
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    After topping out this short loop, then dropping the wash I came up on the caskets.​
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    Here is what anchors these monsters to be to the earth.​
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    The money maker, or the grave digger, it all depends on the handling and placement from here.​
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  14. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    Back on the River road, I thought I saw a fish jump out of this one.​
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    The San Pedro.​
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    Bring on the green!​
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    145 miles total​
    89 consecutive dirt miles​
    Wonderful moisture ​
  15. advswede1981

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    Awesome pics! Wish I had the time to ride more and take a few myself. I'm curious as to what your contingency plan is if you end up having a medical emergency since it appears you're riding alone in some very remote areas.
  16. cms81586

    cms81586 Been here awhile

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    Sorry...just saw your post now. My little one it due at the end of the month so I'm trying to get a few rides in before he shows up. Game for this weekend? Sat or Sun should work. Border run would work...or out around the Stronghold and back down 80 to 83 and cut through the trust land to Charleston.
  17. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    I'm meeting a couple guys at 0900 tommirow to do a loop around the monument, sonoita, empire ranch, benson...

    Pm me I'll give u a call
  18. phaneuf

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    Just returned to the area and want to get back out riding. Mind if I trail along? Where do you meet up to ride? I'm now riding a Tiger 800 XC. Haven't had time to change my profile info.
  19. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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    You know where the entrance sign for the Coronado memorial is? South on 92....

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  20. phaneuf

    phaneuf Adventurer

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    Thanks I know where that is.