ADVRiders loose in AZ - Florence Kelvin Loop

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Nightstalker, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Another teaser video, I'm starting to like this... Click picture to view.

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  2. Motomedic

    Motomedic Over-caffeinated Raconteur Supporter

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    Well, a great time was had by all, I think. Since I'm the newcomer to AZ, I will let someone else describe the actual route we took, but I had lots of fun with the whole adventure. Lots of wide open fire road kinda stuff, with a couple of mild sand washes thrown in for good measure. There was even a water crossing or two, something I didn't expect in the desert, even if it did rain a couple of days ago.

    Thanks to ChopperCopper for planning the route, Nightstalker for his photographic skills, and thanks to all who showed to make my first AZ ride a blast! :clap

    Rob, the first flat repair lesson was free- from now on it'll cost ya! :rofl
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  3. BigCoop

    BigCoop On my way...

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    I imagine it's a zoo in PHX right now. Must be nice to get out in the stix.
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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Today 8 ADVRiders gathered to ride in the sweet Arizona sun!

    It all started innocently enough HERE with a ride request to a valley newcomer. It quickly grew into an organized ride.

    From my poor Name memory, in for the ride today was:

    MotoMedic - KTM 950 Adventure
    ChopperCopper - KTM 640 Adventure
    Nightstalker - KTM 950 Adventure
    ta2rob - Honda XL650L
    Mark - KTM 640 Adventure
    Crilly - Suzuki DR650
    Matt - Kawasaki KLR650
    DOD - KTM 950 SuperEnduro

    Most of us met at McD's. Unfortunately for me, I went to the wrong one!!! Being the standup ADVRider guys they are, the rest of the group hung out a little late at the correct McD's until I arrived, THANKS GUYS!!

    We rode down to Florence where we picked up Rob (ta2rob) on his new to him XR650L. Today would be his first big ride on the Honda, a big step up from his SV 650 for off road conditions.

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    Rob showing Mike (ChopperCopper) his cool new Off Road Arizona book.

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We picked up Mark somewhere on the Florence/Kelvin Highway.

    We took the side road up to Cochran on the Gila River. It's rumored to be crossable during long dry spells in the summer.

    Big rocks at the Cochran turnoff.

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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    It's a few miles to the river, with a few sandy washes to cross.

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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    ChopperCopper and MotoMedic

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    DOD and Mark

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  8. ChopperCopper

    ChopperCopper Been here awhile

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    Great Ride today with eight really great guys that pretty much met for the first time together in order to welcome Motomedic into the fold "Arizona style". I would ride again with any of you guys and I don't say that too often. This site continues to amaze me. Great folks, great rides, great weather! We couldn't have asked for better conditions. Thanks Terry for the great camera work as always! On with the ride report! Mike T.

    :lurk Terry, check your PM's for correct riders list! :D
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  9. winterhk

    winterhk *Disminuya Su Velocidad*

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  10. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Picture from overhead.

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    1st of two Crilly crashes I saw. The second crash looked bad, and I jumped off my bike immediately to render assistance, no picture. The first crash was a soft landing in the sand. Picture!

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    Very scenic. Coke ovens in the distance. We tried, unsuccessfully to reach them. I think they're on the other side of the river maybe?

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    Group shot.

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  11. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    This was my second time down to the end of this Cochran Road. Have yet to see the Gila River! The road turns into a trail of mud.

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    I rode a little way and walked a longer way. It didn't appear that anyone else was interested in following me, so I got out while the getting was good.

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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    On the way back out, I took a short side route up this hill to capture an image of the group below.

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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    It was an uneventful dusty ride out to Kelvin.

    There's a real cool copper mine there though.

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  14. Nightstalker

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    There's a cool visitor lookout with mining equipment.

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  15. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    It was way past lunchtime!! We rolled into Superior to find that the restaurant was CLOSED! YOU BASTARDS!!

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    Even the "World's Smallest Museum" was closed!! What kind of tourist town is this place??

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  16. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Luckily, right up the street was some Mexican place. Turned out to be pretty good! We got a table for 8, beat the after noon rush, and our waitress got our orders in and food out in record time!!

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    Bring out the FOOD!!

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    Happy waitress. I think she had a death grip on my ASS.

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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    And we continued on....

    Man, was MotoMedic's bike dirty!

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    There's only one cure for that!! WATER CROSSING!!

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  18. Nightstalker

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    Fun at the water park!

    DOD

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    We were mising some of our crew. We sent DOD back to check on them. Meanwhile... I convinced ChopperCopper that this pipe would make an excellent photo op!

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    Riding through was the easy part. Getting turned around on the far side would prove far more difficult! He had disappeared for quite some time. Eventually, he came back into view.

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    And safe and sound.

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  19. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    CC thought it would be good for Nightstalker to go through the pipe as well. I must say that I was quite intrigued and quickly accepted the challenge.

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    CC had informed me that the stream cut to the left, and that you had to follow it for a ways before you came to a point where you could climb up the bank out of the water to return. The steam bed was a challenge to say the least!!

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    Safe and sound.

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  20. Loud Al

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    Nice pics, looks warm and sunny down there.
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