Eastern Arizona Mountains, Valleys, and Rivers.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by mntdawg, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. DADODIRT

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  2. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    With no firm destination for the evening I followed my nose up a road behind this cone.
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    Just what I am looking for.
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    Up a couple of good hills and I start down the otherside.
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    Ok, its a little hot, and I am still feeling happy hour:sick from last night. I walked down far enough to say not today.
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    Back to the top.
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    To pitch.
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  3. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    HUGE VIEW.
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    The diversion dam from earlier pages.
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    Whitlocks.
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    The Black hills and the blm camp ground by the river.
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    Fantastic evening.
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  5. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    Morning came bright.
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    Packed up and out of here.
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    A part of one of those hills yesterday.
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    After going over a pass I have done a few times in past pages, I see this huge road cut for the mine.
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    The past three times I have been over Solomon there have been men working on that fence and roads, last time I noticed survey stakes that said "new road", here I am on the new road, the old across the fence.
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    Trying a new to me route on a ridge in between Spring canyon and Dry canyon, its a good one.
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    I believe I spent last night on the far side of the saddle framing Heliograph peak.
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    So good!
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    Ok, made it to the pavement just above the river, I have something else to do.
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    Back up the route I just decended a quarter mile to this.
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    The route was good for more miles than I expected, I was pushing around towards the hill I walked last night, so each right turn back in to the mountains the more it broke down but I was on track.
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    Made a hard down hill left in to this.
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    Another right turn.
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    I stopped at a good place to turn around if needed, walked across a little wash and found the obstacle, dead vertical around four and a half feet. So I am pretty sure this route goes to last nights camp.
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    Its hot so I got right out.
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    Came out on the pavement quite a few miles down from where I touched it earlier.
  6. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    Assphault was a little chilly because I was soaked on the inside. Made short work of slab, a few miles in on one of my favorite dirt routes in the area I take a well deserved lunch break.
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    Fixed.
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    Tying in with the back country byway.
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    The dust still showing at the mine, looking across the river.
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    Eagle creek.
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    Poking my nose around for a site with a view.
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    Onward down a better road.
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    I know where this road ends because I have been to the "other side".
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    That looks familiar.
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    End of the line for me.
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    Back up and around to Owl creek.
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    I could see the last pole set from camp.
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    Went for a short hike.
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    I like hiking off trail as much as I like riding off trail.:wink:
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    Slept very well.
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  7. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    This morning will start the fifth day of riding, I am a bit sore, so a little leisure is in order.
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    After a resupply at the Three way I was rolling up a good one.
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    In to the trees.
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    This small stand of Aspen always impresses me considering the elevation here is only a bit over 5,600'.
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    Soon I get to a brand new sign.
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    Brushy mountain to the south.
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    I get to the edge of Little Dry creek.
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    Looking in the distance down the gorge of the San Fransisco river.
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    Little Dry creek heading into the Gila wilderness.
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    Primo, let happy hour begin.
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    10,000'+ elevation.
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  8. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    Up and going.
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    Had to stop for this.
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  9. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    I rolled into Glenwood and turned east for the first time.
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    OOO k.
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    UNBELIEVABLE $$$$$$$$$$$$
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    The path disappears into thin air.
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    The final display of enormous waste!
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    Lined up like good little Marxists.
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  10. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    I had a foggy idea of where I was headed, drove north to a bridge that crosses the San Fran.
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    I am heading to somebody's "place".
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    By way of Sunflower mesa.
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    I drive up to a corral and see this big Tom.
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    He had three hens and was not worried at all.
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  11. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    I opened the gate not knowing what to expect, did not take long to realize I was at Charlie Moore Place.
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    Modern windows.
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    Much nicer roads take me back towards the SF river.
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    How often do you encounter other adventurers out there?
  13. mntdawg

    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    My first "4wd" was a baja bug.

    Your welcome, keeps me out of trouble.

    Almost never, Being far enough away from phoenix and Tucson helps keep all traffic to a minimum, a lot of these routes are very indiscriminate or out and backs that are not desirable to most. Although just like the rest of the intermountain west there are more people migrating from the _hitholes everyday.
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    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    I knew where I wanted to spend the night, so I headed back up the start of the route I just looped by Sunflower mesa, turned left onto Smoothing iron road.
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    The views start.
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    How about the ironicness of the name of the road when I round the turn and see this.
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    The Smoothing Iron, he was a little surprised when I popped up the right burm and launched off it in front of him, he waved.
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    I'll be out thata way tonight.
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    Antelope mesa on the south side of the river.
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    I was looking forward to the view from Glenwood Brushy.
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    Butt.
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    I controlled myself from using the side door.
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    I reach the edge of Big Pine canyon.
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    It is hard to describe the feeling I have approaching this area that I have looked at on maps for a couple of decades, slowly been exploring the areas close by, and reading the history of the men that brought civilization to such a hostile environment,(very rough land, with
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    With the river gorge in front of me I looked for a suitable site with the perfect view.
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    I really do not mind the transmission lines, an amazing feat.
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    No body camps out here, the volcanic ground and slope made finding a flat spot tough.
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    This will work!
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    Perfect happy hour temp.
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    You are into the southern parts of the Arizona, New Mexico that I spent several years exploring when I lived in Show Low, AZ. Put 16,000 miles on and still lots I did not get around to.

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    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    Morning arrived early with the amount of things on my mind. First in order was what was directly in front of me.
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    The view from my desk this morning, amazing that I can be here and buy tools from a man in Barre Vermont, for men in Colorado.
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    The Smoothing iron again.
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    Amazing how Catron county keeps these roads in relatively good shape into some fairly remote ranches, there were two brand new graders, the second one after this man was the one I passed yesterday, he waved and had a big smile under that felt.
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    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    Four and a half more days left of this trip.
    I am leaving now to do a job for ten days in a remote location where service might or might not be.
    Might not finish this for a while.
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    The ultimate tele-commute :lol2 :nod

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    What a fantastic report and amazing photos! I have really enjoyed looking at all of them while stuck at my desk ;o)

    Thank you so much for sharing!
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    mntdawg NOT FRAGILE OR GREEN

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    If only I could convince MY boss to let me do it more often.

    Your welcome. Moved my tent site thirty yards above the helispot where there is barley a connection if I hold very still, have not tried to upload any pictures yet.
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