"Fly-ride West ride Canada to Mexico & points between

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Rockin Rollin, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. canadian XR

    canadian XR Adventurer

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    HI Roland ..

    you down there again??? what a life.

    Keep the pictures coming .

    Willie
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  2. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Rockin Adventurer

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    Hi Willie. Wish you were here buddy!
    So I'm back to the Chiricahua national park for a 2nd day. It is spectacular.:wings
    The Heart Of Rocks trail I want to do will take a minimum of 4 hours. Total distance is about 8 miles.
    I did'nt want to start too early as it was below freezing.:vardy I wanted it to warm up a little and the snow to soften up.
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    Got started on the trail ~ 11:30 & it would be dark by 5:30 so I figured 6 hrs should be plenty.
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    This balanced rock is much bigger than it looks & is way high up. I had to go full zoom up thru the trees to shoot it.
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    Wow! Amazing how so many rock formations can look like live things? Spirits???
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    Petrified Camel?
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    It is a great view isn't it. I could stare at this for ages.
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    Alien?
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    What a pair?
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    Yah, I like it too!
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    A family that Rocks together stays together!
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    Punch & Judy
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    Duck!
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    What a character!
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    Kiss me you fool!:raabia
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    Birds eye view.
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    A Very peaceful Place:huh
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    I was enjoying this trail so much & did not have a watch on, but suddenly realised at one point it must be getting late. I needed to get out of there before dark as I did not have a flashlite.
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    Last mile of the trail was uphill & now I'm having to run if to make it out B4 dark.
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    Getting darker & harder to see now.
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    Oh yes the parking lot! Suzi waiting for me:raabia
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    Phew, made it back. What a day. What a place.:jump
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    Well that was quite the spirited day. Waddid ya think?:eek1
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  3. advtenn

    advtenn Long timer

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    WOW! Great Pics, Roland:clap

    I see that your hooked on potted meat! Potted meat and poppy thyme crackers, yum!:rofl
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  4. ETrider

    ETrider Gawker

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    Hey Roland those pics are fantastic! :clap





    Yep,nothing like canned peckers n' lips! :lol3
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  5. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Rockin Adventurer

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    Hey, thanks for the comments guys, err mostly that is.:arg :rolleyes :rad
    Visted the Cochise Stronghold Friday. Cochise was a famous Apache Indian chief who believed the white man & Chiricahua Apaches could live in peace. Based on untrue accusations against, him tragedy followed and a battle that lasted years broke out. Cochise was never actually conquered in battle and after 11 years he came to terms with the white man &lived his remaining 2 years in peace. He was secretly buried somewhere in his stronghold.
    A Beautiful and amazing place.
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    Thombstone is just the otherside of the Cochise Stronghold. :2guns :gun1 :pep :pope :amazonLove those smilees! No :topes
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    Stayed here. Thought it was appropriate.:ricky
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    I had planned to go to Bisbee but as it was friday I thought Thombstone might be a fun place on a weekend.:dutch :strum :rilla
    Gonna be a parade Saturday nite.
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  6. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Rockin Adventurer

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    Had a great time in Big Nosed Kates Saloon Friday nite, great 2 man band. Met some cool people. Then went to a
    Kareoke bar after, till 2am. Fun!:wings
    After breakfast saturday morning spotted this adventurous looking character. Real nice guy. Rex from Wyoming on an 83 BMW R100.
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    Tried his bike. It was pretty cool.:ricky
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    We went for a dual sport ride up the back side of the Cochise stronghold. Quite a knarley trail.
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    Rex was camped out on the the other side. He took off & I explored on the way back to Tombstone.
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    Met some girls along the trail.:lol3
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    Interestingly in my travels I have found cows to be very friendly curious animals. Interesting! No:topes
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    Quite a friendly old girl actually.:getiton
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    The mountains were beautifully lit now with the sun heading down.
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    Got back into town in time for a nitetime parade. Most of the pics in the dark were not good but here is one of the
    locals in the parade who rides an Iron Horse with his parrot riding shotgun on his shoulder.
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    Met a lot of the locals who were all dressed up in period costumes. Nice folk.
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    Judy.
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    Lively crowd 2 steppin to the Band at Big nosed Kates.:drums :strum :rilla
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    Joanne & Betty Davis. A coupla real nice gals who tied to teach me how to 2 step. It was a lot of fun but I seem
    to have 2 left feet!
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    Big Nosed Kates closed about midnite but partying carried on at the Crytal Palace. I met Up a character named Doc
    Holliday shot a round o pool with him. I won. 2 other guys challenged me & I won both those games as well. Then
    nobody else wanted to play me. Well they had a good band playing as well so I hung out there till it closed at 2am
    then went to the Kareoke bar till some time after 3 when I was ready to pass out & had to leave. Don't think that
    place had a closing time!
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    Fun place!
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  7. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Keep it coming Hoser! :lurk



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  8. canadian XR

    canadian XR Adventurer

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    Goood Stuff Roland:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:kumbaya:kumbaya:kumbaya:kumbaya:kumbaya:kumbaya:beer:beer:beer:beer:beer:beer:beer:beer
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  9. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Rockin Adventurer

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    Thanks Y'all Eh!:pynd
    Good ta hear from ya Geek!.:fyyff
    Mmm, I think I feel like havin a beer. Cheers!:slurp :dutch :freaky :getiton
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  10. tn-steve

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    Just name the time, I know the place :evil . I think that JB Weld should hold for one more blast to San Filipe

    BTW - You might not know this about me, but I'm great at remembering names... :smile6

    Great ride report, keep it coming. I love reading the reports form folks I've met on the road.



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  11. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Rockin Adventurer

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    :super Oh, but I did know you are good at remembering names Steve.:getiton

    So how about meeting me in San Filipe on Jan 16th??? :brow :beer
    Or, how about riding to the Copper Canyon, Mexico March 30th 10days? I'll be flying return Vegas Mar 29-apr 8 for this one.
    Anyone else interested in joining me?
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  12. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Rockin Adventurer

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    It's getting near the end of this trip now. Gotta fly home out of Vegas Tuesday.
    However today I am riding up to the southernmost Ski area in North America. Mount Lemmon.
    Just NE of Tucson.
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    This time unfortunately I did not have my ski gear with me as in this previous pic of a couple years ago. Did
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    The road to mount lemmon was spectacular!
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    That's Tucson way down in the distance
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    Spectacular!
    Vegas tomorrow, get a room for Suzi. (arrange storage)
    Room booked for me for 1 nite at the Flamingo.
    Fly home.
    Plan next trip.:rayof
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  13. tn-steve

    tn-steve Addicted

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    Feel free to email or PM me some particulars :evil - specifically clear up my assumption that the January date is 2011 and the March date is 2010?

    I feel a ride with RR brewing for the future :pot
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  14. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Rockin Adventurer

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    On My way to Vegas, can't remember the name of the town but still in Arizona I stopped for gas & was lubing my chain. I spot this guy, looked like a homeless, I try not to look directly at him but soon notice he's actually chained to a log, Huh???:huh Well he's also not really moving at all yet has his eyes wide open??? [​IMG]
    Oh he's just a DUMMY! No, really. It's a very realistic display. Cool!
    This guy is chained to this tree and it is a depiction of a storey which is playable right there. There is a push button & it relates a storey of back in the 1800's gold rush era. There were so many outlaws:gun1 & such & not nearly enough jails. So they started chaining people to this tree. This guy was in a bar one nite, got drunk and wild got himself arrested.:ymca They went to chain him to the tree but it was full. So they chained him to this log. Come morning he starts begging asking for a drink, booze. When nobody will get him any he pick up, drags this huge log to the local saloon to make his demand.:slurp Hey this is the Wild West!!!:gun1
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    Got to Vegas. Got Suzi her own room, 0 star, she ain't fussy, only $29/mth.
    I spent the nite at the Flamingo for only $40.
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    Got up with the sun & great view from the full glass wall.
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    Courtyard in the back is beautiful
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    Time to fly home.
    See Lily:raabia :feelgood :nomystery :arch :rogue :crash
    See my kids.:raabia :killen
    House maintenance.:knary
    Work.:cromag
    Plan the next trip.:deal :type :mully :dutch :cob
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  15. Dutch Connection

    Dutch Connection Dutch Connection

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    Outstanding shots Roland . Just back from Bike Week myself and heading back to FLA with grandkids for Disney spring break next week . Picking up a new Triumph on March 30th getting ready to trip a bit this summer . See ya at the J Kelly most likely . :norton JH
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  16. Rotten Ronnie

    Rotten Ronnie Crash

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    Your pictures are beautiful.
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  17. Ancient Rider

    Ancient Rider n00b

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    Super pics....makes me want to jump on the bike and go. Took my bike in for servicing yesterday:clap . Jessie & I are going to Vancouver 25 of May. Tow the bike to Edmonton, leave car & trailer there and then bike to the coast for a couple of weeks. Will try to put up pics on advrider. Thanks for thinking of me.

    Ancient rider
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  18. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Rockin Adventurer

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    Flew back to Vegas:pynd got Suzi out of storage, put brand new knobby tires on her and fellow AdVer Mike & I headed for Baja.:ricky
    Mike & I had met at the ADV West Fest in Colorado last year.
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    Leaving Mikes place in Vegas.:rayof
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    Mexicali. We needed to get our visitors permits.:deal
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    We did a ride in the desert west of San Filipe.
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    Wild Burrow out in the desert.
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    Trying to make a loop we went down a sand trail with 3 ft woops that just kept coming. It was exhausting (well for me at least)& we finally turned around
    since we didn't know how long they would continue. By the time we got back out I was totally exhausted.
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    It was also now nearing dark and the only safe choice we had was to go back the same way we had come in. There was no way Mike could make it back on his
    current gas, so he used the hose from his camel back and got some from my tank b4 it got dark.
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    His huge headlights were awsome in the dark & luckily we made it back with the gas we had.:thumb
    Tomorrow we head for Gonzaga Bay.:rayof
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  19. raycam01_au

    raycam01_au Sir Ray!

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    :clap :freaky awesome pics n report, loving it :) thanks for taking me along for the ride
    ray
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  20. tn-steve

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    :lurk :lurk :lurk been waitin for this one to pick back up. glad to see ur back in one piece
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