After a full summer of negotiating the purchase of this 2001 DR650, it was finally mine on Dec. 9. I have big plans for this thing. A couple of rides after arriving in Az. I have an opportunity to load up my gear and hit the desert for a few days, I rolled out before noon. Less than 5 miles and the fun begins. One of the objectives of this ride was to see just what the DR is all about. A little noisy as I enter Dragoon. A little pavement to Manzora road, then I got to race the train for several miles. I had to let him go so I could cross the tracks just before pulling into Cochise AZ. Shortly I was on the Wilcox flats. The sign tells it all. I fuel up and head for the Page ranch road. Having a nice cruise in the foothills of the Dos Cabeza range, I came to a gate and private property, I turned back to hit the hiway.