Solo to the Chiricahuas - Two Up Back to PHX

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dave6253, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Memorial Day Weekend - 2010

    I took Friday off to make it a nice four days. The mercury is threatening triple digits in the deserts. I decide to avoid the rush north and try to squeeze in one more SE AZ ride.
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    Queen Creek Tunnel
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    Popping out of the tunnel I feel a little over-exposed.
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    I found the old Main Street of Miami, Arizona one block off of the highway.
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    This looks cool. I park the bike and take a photo walk.
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    The door to nowhere? Or is it a Suicide Door?
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    A Company Town
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    So, I was standing in the street taking photos when I had a funny feeling. I thought, Maybe I should be on the sidewalk. Nah, there's hardly any traffic here...

    Suddenly, CRUNCH!!!
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    I turn to see a traffic collision 1/2 a block away. No one was hurt. Both drivers hop out, shake hands, and the cops are there in two minutes. I didn't witness it, so I didn't stick around.
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    Back on the bike I take the business loop through the historic downtown of Globe.
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    I'm really cookin' across the San Carlos Apache Reservation on the U.S. 70.
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    I see SNOW! I'm going up there...
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  2. K00LJerk

    K00LJerk Been here awhile

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    globe thru the salt river up to the white mountain apache res and then on to showlow was a nice ride.
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  3. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Straight past the prison we go...
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    and up the twisty climb on Mount Graham.
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    I find a shady and cool spot to gobble down my foot long lunch.
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    The lunch stop was not very long. There was a tempting twisty road ahead.
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    The pavement ends 12 miles before the dead end at Riggs Lake. I've been up this mountain several times, but have always been in to much of a hurry and turn around long before reaching the lake.
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    The snow won't last long. It's in the mid-eighties.
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    I made it to Riggs Flat Lake! Small.
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    The bike rests in the shade for a few minutes.
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    Thens it's back down. I had a scary moment when I hit a deep rutted section. The ruts had been filled with deep and loose gravel. I was not paying close attention and was startled when the bike began to buck back and forth. I got on the gas and made it out.
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    The sign says Elevation 9000.
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  4. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I Agree.
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  5. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Down Mount Graham
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    Dos Cabezas
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    At lower elevations things heat up again.
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    Into the Chiricahua National Monument.
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    The stats for todays ride.
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    In the campground I found a real nice lady with two kids. She offered to share her campsite with me. She even let me share her sleeping bag!:yikes
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    Actually, my wife and kids drove up yesterday to get a good campsite. Since I had to work thursday, I got to ride my motorcycle on a family camping trip!:super

    The surroundings are surreal.
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    An Acorn Woodpecker
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  6. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I spent the next two days hiking with my family. I didn't get much riding in mainly because the road I wanted to ride, Pinery Canyon, was closed due to a forest fire.

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    On saturday we did a nine mile hike linking together most of the trails in the Chiricahua N. M.
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    Saturday evening my son joined me for a short ride up to Massai Point to watch the sunset.
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    On Sunday we visited the Fort Bowie National Historic Site. it requires a 3+ mile hike. I tried hiking this on my last motorcycle trip, but turned around after the first half mile when I realized motorcycle pants and boots aren't good for walking.

    Medal of Honor Recipient
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    On sunday evening my wife rode up to Massai Point with me.
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    And I stayed up late for star gazing.
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    Mexican Jay
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  7. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    My daughter Nikki is almost twelve.
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    She never showed much interest in motorcycles, until I started going on rides with her younger brother. I tried to warn her that I was taking the scenic route home and it will be long and HOT. She insists it's her turn.

    So off we go!
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    We take the backroads to cut across to Tombstone.
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    The squirmy gravel road was a little nerve-racking with the precious cargo aboard. Nikki later said she could feel the motorcycle sliding around and thought I was doing it on purpose.
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    We roll into Tombstone just like so many cowboys before. Okay, we were moving a little faster.
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    We watch a gunfight reenactment.
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    Back on the road we point the front wheel towards Bisbee.
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    I love tunnel shots.
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    Big Hole
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  8. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha ADVenturer

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    Stunning photography and topography! I used to live in Tucson...and have visited most of the places you covered on this trip. I sure do miss riding in AZ.:freaky
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  9. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    He head towards the Mexican Border and hang a right into the Coronado National Monument.
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    There was new asphalt in the park and it had me wondering. Did they pave all of the twisty road up Montezuma Pass?
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    No. There is still a twisty, narrow, and bumpy dirt road to the top. We stop at the summit of the pass.
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    I see Mexico!
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    The road down the west side.
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    A small portion of the road up is visible here.
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    We take a snack break at Parker Canyon Lake were we rejoin the asphalt.
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    The road from the lake to Sonoita is a blast!
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  10. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Wonderful photos! What with the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and other places, it seems the Chiricahuas get so little respect. Beautiful area, one of my favorites. Neat to see the family in on the ride.
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  11. Bronco3738

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    Nice ride the wife and I need to head out to Coronado National Forest. The road out to Riggs lake looked like a blast.
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  12. piratehood

    piratehood discoverin' dual sportin

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    Fantastic RR , great pics , beautiful country
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  13. jadedillusion

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    Ha, the husband beat me to it.

    Amazing photography, btw.
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  14. KHVol

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    XLNT RR Pics, if I can ask, what camera are you using ?
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  15. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Thanks for the comments everyone! I'm glad the Honeymooners checked in.:thumb

    Used 2 cameras. A Pentax K7 DSLR, and an old Panasonic TZ5 point-n-shoot. The TZ5 is beat up and in fact, retired after this trip. It has been replaced by a Panasonic ZS5, which is a newer generation of the same basic camera. We'll see how well it does at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon this weekend.:wink:
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    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    We roll through the fun roads of the Southern Arizona mountains, but as the roads drop elevation and straighten out across the desert the misery index is dialed up.
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    Border Patrol Check Point - I've always been waved right through with no problems.
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    I-10 to Tucson, UGHHH!
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    We hop off for an ice cream break. Nikki is hanging tough, and is ready to get rolling again quickly.:thumb
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    There's no way we're staying on I-10 all the way to Phoenix.
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    The highway through Florence is more scenic and never has much traffic, but traffic lights abound getting through the suburbs of Tucson.
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    We have dinner in Mesa with a black and white bear, while we allow feeling to return to our posteriors.

    Finally, we near home as the setting sun tries to blind us. We live at the base of that mountain on the right.
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    That's a MONSTER day for Nikki's first Adventure. Prior to this trip she had only been on the back of a motorcycle for a few short rides in town. The last part of the ride was pretty hot and miserable, even for me. The following day she agrees to go again soon on a multiple day ride.:thumb
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    I'm not sure how I feel about that.:dunno

    I hope you enjoyed our little ride. :type
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  17. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    Looking back over the years... Did you share more rides with her? And you always have this to reflect on for fun.
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  18. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Not really, DesertSurfer. I have so little time for my own adventures and she wouldn't really enjoy the camping trips like I do. She is almost 17 and still says she would like to do a longer ride but we haven’t made it happen yet.

    I'm always worried sick with my kids on the back.
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  19. Soldier311

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    Subscribed. I, too, used to live in Tucson and really miss the scenery out there.
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