Flying around southern AZ. My first over nighter

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Stromrider480, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. Stromrider480

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    Saw a wetlands area on the map along my route decided i would check it out.
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    I'm guessing i missed something because there was no wet anything in this area.
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  2. Stromrider480

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    Warming up a bit.
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    Made it to Bisbe AZ. I didn't stop for many photos here because i was just here a month ago for a weekend trip but still wanted to ride through this cool little town. if you are planing a trip i would recommend spending a day here lots of history and and cool shops to see and make sure you take the mine tour.

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    The pit.
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    From here its a short 20 mile ride to the Coronado national memorial where the AZBDR begins.

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    Switchbacks were fun but made it to the top easy enough. It was very washboarded and made traction interesting at times.
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    Down the back side to Parker lake the road is in much better shape and you can open her up again.
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    Made it to Parker lake. That section of road goes by fast even for a newb like me.

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    From here i turned North up the 83.
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    After a quick flue stop in Sonoita I headed for home. This ended up being my last stop for the day.

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    All told the final stats came in at 651 miles. I know i was moving to fast but i only had two days and most of these miles are within an hour of my house.

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  10. AzMtnThumper

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    Nice pics, southern Az is a pretty cool place to put some miles on your V Strom.
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  11. Stromrider480

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    Thanks man, I'll be hitting northern AZ here soon.
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  12. ATCguy

    ATCguy Been here awhile

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    Nice write up. I’m just a bit south of you in Casa Grande for a few more weeks.
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    72 Yamaha RD350 Been here awhile

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    Nice pics. Comforting for us people in snow country this time of year. Makes me question why I left Arizona in 2002.
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    I’m from Atlanta but in Phoenix/Tucson this week. Drove down to Tucson today. It is so friggin beautiful here. The recen rains (and sporadic heavy rain today) have made the desert come alive with color. I love the friggin southwest!

    Thanks for taking us along your ride. Shin.
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  15. AzMtnThumper

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    I went to Tucson Sunday (in the cage) and you're right 74 degrees, green desert and flowers blooming like crazy.
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  16. Stromrider480

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    Yes, in a few weeks we will have more flowers and allergies then we know what to do with.:imaposer
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  17. Stromrider480

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    Yeah you can keep that snow stuff
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    Looks like a great trip. What did you think of the Chiricahua National Monument? It's on my list of places to visit.
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  19. Stromrider480

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    Its a very cool place i wish i would have had time to do some of the hikes in the area the rock formations alone make it worth a trip though and the ride to the top is amazing.
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    Travelled a little of this a couple months ago. Cool write up as I will be back next winter to ride to Montezuma pass! Thanks for sharing
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