dirt ride from Tucson to Arivaca

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  1. ravenranger

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    Here's a nice track that takes the dirt from Ajo Way (just west of Tucson) down to Arivaca, AZ. The route skirts the western edge of the Sieritas.

    The return trip was via pavement on Sasabe Road.

    Nice ride consisting of smooth ranch road, some rough ranch road, a short distance of deep, sandy wash, some rocky hill-climbs and descents.

    Based on the RawHyde Adventure camp's rating system, it's a "3" in difficulty.

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  2. dirtforbrains

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    Thanks for posting. I am heading to Southern Arizona from NC in January. Any other recommended routes or sites in AZ or NM?
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    I did that ride in two stages.

    Check back in this forum for posts by Flashman1. I posted tracks for the two rides. I'll download yours and see how it matches up.
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    Actually your route is different - the second route I did went from Arivaca to Sasabe.
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    Raven,

    How do you view the .gpx file?

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    You download it and open it in your Garmin mapping software or you load it onto you GPS and view it there. You can also see it mapped out at THIS LINK.
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    I spent many summers when I was young at a ranch my family owned by Sasabe.
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  9. goodtimes

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    Here is a longer, more difficult variation that starts in the same place and ends about 10 miles west of the track in the first post (that would be 10 miles closer to Arivaca, on the same road as the earlier track).

    This is a classic desert ride. Countless grade level wash crossings, some steep loose climbs (nothing crazy), small boulder fields, sandy wash bottoms, gates (only 2), pretty remote.

    Not exactly noob-friendly, but if they are confident and have small bikes, it can be done in a long day. It can be done on a big bike, but it would be a workout. Not for the faint of heart....but a great ride for those who like it a little challenging. This route keeps throwing things at you right up to the end (last obstacle is less than 1/2 mile from the pavement).

    These washes can flow hard...prepare to be turned back during or right after monsoon season.

    Plenty of roads available to work around impromptu closures or wash outs.

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    Based on the Rawhyde rating system, how would you rate this alternate route?
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    4, maybe flirting with 5, based on the worst sections of the trail, but the majority of the route would be more like a 3.


    I am a little hesitant about that system though. There is no place in it for the really difficult stuff...things that you wouldn't want to take a big bike on. On the surface, it feels like it needs categories 6 - 9, covering the really nasty stuff. Jim's system feels like it is ignoring all of the "plated dirt bikes", catering only to the big adventure bikes. Considering his target market, this might be intentional.

    Anywhoo....
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    I agree that the Rawhyde rating is definitely aimed at the big bikes but at least it's a start.

    When I read that scale I assume a GS1200 fully loaded and then figure any smaller factory dual-sport will find it one to two steps easier depending on the set-up while any dirtbike will scoff and snort as it wheelies on by.
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    ravenranger and goodtimes,

    Do either of you have these rides in a .kmz file that can be put up on Google Earth?
    I'd love to check out and try these rides.

    Thanks

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    Here's a tutorial on how to transfer gpx files to Google Earth:
    LINK


    And here's a free app to translate gpx to kmz:
    www.gpsvisualizer.com

    I just tried opening the gpx in Google Earth and it did fine. This is what I did:
    1 - open Google Earth
    2 - On the menu bar choose File then Open
    3 - In the Finder Window I choose the gpx I want
    4 - click Open and Google Earth zoomed right in
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    I just looked at the two tracks laid out simultaneously and the Tucson to Arrivaca route is much farther distance-wise than the West Coast Tank route.

    The second looks like a really good ride as well.
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    ravenranger, muchas gracias. That link for the GPS Visualizer was perfect. I downloaded the file from this thread and selected it from the GPS Visualizer "choose file". It converted it into a .kmz and I was able to select it from that sites conversion and it opened and saved into Google Earth.
    There was no need for the other tutorial link, converting .gpz to .kmz.

    Thank you very much.


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    I hadn't known until I started looking that Google Earth can read gpx files without having to convert them first. So, if you don't want to deal with converting, you can simply open Google Earth and then open the gpx file through GE's file menu.

    Meanwhile, it's nice to know GPS Visualizer works so well.
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  18. Trouble

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    This worked even better. Thanks again.

    When I was trying this before, I was short cutting the step of file/open/downloads and trying to pull the gpx file from the download popup on the dock (which wasn't working) instead of getting it from the download folder in finder. Those of you with a Apple will know what I mean.

    The shorter dirt road route looks fun. Soon as I get my bike plated I'd like to try it.
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