Tequila, Beer, Cactus... A weeklong AZ dual sport trip to ring in 2013.....

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by atomizer, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. atomizer

    atomizer Be here now

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    Coldest X-mas in NM ever. 5 guys. Plan was Copper Canyon for 12 days. Work screwed up that plan then 2 of the 5 guys killed each other over whether a KTM 950 or KLR 650 was the better all around bike.
    I grabbed the 950 while the other 2 guys left grabbed KLR's.
    New plan, trailer the bikes to Scottsdale to avoid the solid ice roads getting there. Arrive and hit (braaaap) dirt and camp for a week.

    12 hrs later (Taos, NM to Scottsdale) we landed and loaded up the bikes with pretty much just beer, tequila, and freeze dried food. Plan was 7 days exploring.
    The Crew: Myself, a thirsty adventurer. B-man, even keel and handy with maps and planning. Rosa, along for the ride of his life...

    Day 1, got out of Scottsdale asap. They musta thought we were the Zombie Apocalypse when we rolled into town covered in ice.
    Hit the 101 south to the 17 (yup, wrong way) finally got our directions right and found our way to a cool dirt loop called Castle Creek road.
    Hit 70mph on gravel with the 950. Had a beer break. Found a cool camp.
    Day 1 lesson: Bring more beer! If your riding dirt, there will be folks shooting guns no matter how far you are out in the boonies (so bring a gun). It gets really cold at night in AZ winter time. I froze, hence more beer would be more better..

    Some photos to occupy you as the story will continue.

    We left this to get to drier warmer riding
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    I'm contemplating the road less traveled
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    It sleeted and rained on us the first night camping
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    Nothing quite like camping from your moto (warmer sleeping bag next time for me)
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    cool views from our camp
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    B-man and the peace cactus
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    Woke up to this view. Oh ya..
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    Time for a beer. More words and photos soon....Atom...:freaky
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  2. atomizer

    atomizer Be here now

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    a few more photos from the first 24 hrs

    The road west...
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    Rosa and the nightly fire..
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    Sunrise...
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    Don't trip and fall in AZ
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    The next days adventure....
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    Sunrise and the road to our camp...
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  3. booger1

    booger1 Long timer

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    excellant photos
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  4. Motoman_AZ

    Motoman_AZ Long time lurker....

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    Incredible photos...love the story! Keep it coming!

    STUNNING!

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  5. Crackofnoon

    Crackofnoon Adventurer

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    It truly was an awesome trip! We will continue to ride more of these adventures to figure out how to do it better next time. Your photos rock, and I need a better camera. lol. And an orange bike.
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  6. SplitRock

    SplitRock Been here awhile

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    Nicely done, Sir ! Very nice images you've captured. Y'all are in a serious ADV part of the nation. It's like some states were created for kick-ass motorcycling !!

    :beer Brent
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  7. atomizer

    atomizer Be here now

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    Thanks everyone for the comments. It was a really fun trip.

    Day 2:
    We awoke to heavy frost. No need for cooler or ice on this trip to keep the beers cold.
    It was also a big test for my 950. I couldn't get it started in NM with the temps so low unless it had been on a tender all night. Fires right up when warm though.
    I got it started after about 5 min of sputtering and starter whines and cracks. YA!

    Plan for the day was to get to Alamo lake to camp and celebrate New Years eve.
    We got back on castle hot springs dirt road and heavy throttled it all the way to Wickenburg. Headed north on hwy 93 looking for a little dirt turnoff towards the lake. We drove past it about 40 miles but eventually found it after backtracking.

    Alamo road is a dirt track that will get you to the lake. Ohhh sooo fun..
    Stop at the Wayside trailer park just outside the park for low octane fuel and a beer. Say hi to Louise (don't call her darling :))
    We camped in the primitive area, had it to ourselves as the bike were able to make it down to water level.
    Happy New Year. More soooon....

    heavy frost in the am...
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    After the ice had melted off...
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    leaving our first camp....
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    finding Alamo road after much to much Tarmac...
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    Our camp spot...
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    Rosa looking for the New Years Tequila
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    The lake at night
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    Can't beat it...
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    B-man looking for the tequila
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    Rosa ringing in the New Year
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    The boys doing something. Pretty lit by then..
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    More soooon....:freaky
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  8. atomizer

    atomizer Be here now

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    Day 3:
    Well it's now 2013. Time to start fresh. We all survived the end of the world in 2012.

    So I cracked a beer:freaky
    It was another cold night so the plan was to head somewhere a bit warmer. South!
    So we headed West towards Lake Havasu area..

    Headed south on Alamo road (now paved) to Powerline road. This road heads West and is mostly packed sand with some gravel sections for about 40 miles.
    I hit 85mph on the 950 at one point during my Powerline rampage.
    This area rocks!

    Parker does not (south of Havasu). However there was a walmart and we all bought some warmer fleece type layers then crossed the Colorado river into California. Why?

    Bottom line, the camping around that area sucks (finding a free mellow spot). We ended up staying at a BLM campground right on the river and cracked our 3rd bottle of tequila on the trip.
    Rosa wandered off to talk with the only other folks in the CG.
    He came back happy....


    Cracking that beer I was talking about. I prefer leather and Carharrt's over that foo foo Adventure Riding Gear...
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    Powerline Road
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    Rosa's
    steed....
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    B-man's steed...
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    My steed....
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    Rosa's face the next morning. We think the tent won :rofl
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    Day 4, headaches and dilemmas coming up....
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  9. atomizer

    atomizer Be here now

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    Day 4:
    One of the more pleasant nights camping was last night. Way warmer than the previous nights camps. Maybe being down along the river warmed it up.
    Instead of heading South like we should have, we decided to head back towards Lake Alamo but by a different route. More dirt and longer miles.

    We took SHEA RD East out of Parker and after some cool dirt, sand, and gravel conditions took a left on Planet Ranch road. This would take us very long way through awesome dirt and viewing adventures to the Northern section of Alamo rd. Alamo would then head south taking us back to the lake.

    4 miles up Planet Ranch road we encountered a locked gate. Awwwwwww arrrrggghhhh!
    I guess it is a mining area and was bought up.

    Or plans thwarted, we decided to have a mellow day and camp around the ruins near the gate.
    Fantastic views and a relaxing day with the boys ensued....



    Rosa was no worse for wear the next morning. Love his outfit.
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    What we came to AZ for...
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    trying to see if the little road up the hill will bypass the gate. It did not...
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    That afternoon was the first warm spell of the trip. I got to wear shorts for 2 hrs....
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    We had spectacular views. The hills around us were covered with old copper mines...
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    Last light on the trees and hills...
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    What the mines were filled with. Copper....
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    Our camp...
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    Whomever built the fireplace chimney had a great sense of humor....
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    The bike is the best seat...
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    Rosa explaining the plan...
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    The nightly ritual...
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    B-man scouting the next days route...
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    Till the next day...:freaky
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  10. jyellard

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    Sorry Atomizer, I think Braap is reserved for 2-strokes!
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  11. jyellard

    jyellard Adventurer

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    Love the pictures. Aside from cold sounds like a great trip. Riding, drinks, camping... the trifecta!
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  12. atomizer

    atomizer Be here now

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    True enough. Just sometimes that 950 makes me think I am on one :)



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  13. atomizer

    atomizer Be here now

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    Thanks. We actually had some pretty good conversations amongst that trifecta. Great group of guys, the other guys at least. The dynamics are such that more trips will happen..


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