Next in the BDR series - AZBDR

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by eakins, May 8, 2013.

  1. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I'm doing this route with a friend starting next Saturday, running north to south. Starting in Winona (east of Flagstaff), we anticipate making it to Young that night, around Globe the second night, and after that, who knows. We may or may not make it all the way to the end; if not, that'll be for another time. We're not going to rush through it; lots of cool stuff to see. So we'll make it however long we can on the time we have. I have to be back at work on Thursday.

    Rob
  2. Plawa

    Plawa dןǝɥ puǝs

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    What bikes are you on? I'm not sure if the Cherry Creek Road section south of Young is passable on anything bigger than a 500 (without some team effort)
  3. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Friend is on a DR650, I'll be on my Tiger 800XCA.

    I've been trying to find details on that stretch of the route.. we figured if it got unusually tough we'd just double back to Young and go the easy route, which I've ridden before...
  4. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    Its been worn in some,,,, totally doable with some skill.
  5. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    As long as it doesn't require a lot of stopping on uneven terrain, I should be fine... the Tiger is at the limit of tall for me. Otherwise it'll be a lot of picking-up-the-bike-and-swearing.
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  6. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    Been through there with the big bikes, it's not bad.
  7. AlaskaADV

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    If you get as far south as the section north of benson you'll find a section, 7 miles +/-, of very loose gravel. They've just rework the road bed.

    I just ran it today. On to Globe tomorrow.
  8. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Thanks for the tip! We hope to make it at least that far. Is the gravel deep, or just loose? Doesn't sound like fun. :)
  9. tapike

    tapike Adventurer

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    Any major issues after all the rain this past week? Buddy and I running south to north starting at benson. Looking to get as much done by Friday as possible. Thanks fellas.

    Riding our small bikes (WR250 and EXCF350).
  10. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Rain? What rain? :scratch
  11. tapike

    tapike Adventurer

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    Oh...ok. So no rain. Perfect. Obviously we have REALLY planned this trip well.
  12. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I was studying the BDR page and it said as of this past May that FR203 has been rerouted to FR202 due to "severe flooding." As I understand it, FR202 is the route with the nasty rock stuff people speak of, but 203 is supposedly a lot better.

    BTW I've revised my own plan in that I'm gonna bail after Winkleman since I don't see the point of riding a long dirt road that parallels a perfectly good paved road, that's nothing but a rural/farming area. Supposedly the far southern end of the route is awesome, but it's also all paved now due to a reroute requested by a land owner. I'll save that section for another trip.
  13. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    I think that's a good call. :thumb
  14. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    We have done 202 a couple of times (but not Cherry Creek). It is a very reasonable road. It does get a little rocky in places, but nothing out of the ordinary. It can be a grind to ride with seemingly unending tight turns often in loose rock. With the right attitude it is a fun ride. I am in my 70s and sometimes my attitude is not attuned properly.

    Last time we did it we cut over to Young for gas on FR 54. This road was pretty rough, but again nothing really hard. The part of 202 above 54 was a really nice ride, but gas becomes a problem. The time we did it we were riding from Heber to Globe.
  15. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    @Rob.G , if you're bailing at Winkleman and heading back North I suggest this route.
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    wbbnm Long timer

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    I have a friend who is doing some preliminary planning for the AZBDR next year. He told me he read that there was something called California Pass between Benson and Globe that got up to nearly 13k ft.

    I checked the FAQs, and indeed it says this. I was astounded. I have been thru there a few times but not doing a pure BDR track following and so could have missed this.

    But in looking at the tracks I can't find anything much above 6k ft.

    WTF?
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    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    FAQ's where? I have never heard of an AZ California Pass and the highest peak in Arizona is Humphrey's in Flagstaff at 12 and a half.
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    wbbnm Long timer

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    The FAQs are on the official AZBDR web site here:

    http://ridebdr.com/AZBDR

    After thinking another 5 minutes I believe I figured this out. California Pass is probably the highest point on the Colorado BDR, but it certainly is not between Benson and Globe.
    I remember that pass is 12,800 ft.
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    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    I WISH California Gulch was between Globe and Benson. They need to revise that FAQ.
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  20. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    I'll be following your trip, plan on doing the same route in several weeks. Just finished most of the northern section but the bike is in the shop with a leaking front fork seal after riding down the Grey Mt. Truck Road in Section 8.

    Good luck and safe travels