Next in the BDR series - AZBDR

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by eakins, May 8, 2013.

  1. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer Supporter

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    I'm 78 & did it a few months ago on this faithful old girl. 1995 XRL
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  2. muckraker

    muckraker n00b

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    Age 78.........good on you! I'm going to be 70 in a few months. I start out in early May going from S to N. This will be the sixth BDR in four years. I ride solo except for the ID BDR. Good thing, a deer took me out on a FS road, my riding partner made it much easier to get home. I find out that I prep more for each ride as I get older and the last BDR is always best yet . All the comments here on the forum take a little of the anxiety out of it. Thanks to all those that post. Ride on AZ Tom.
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  3. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer Supporter

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    I have not done any of the BDR rides as for me camping is Motel 6:D
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  4. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop ♦♦

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    Props. :thumb
  5. rdw

    rdw Adventurer

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    The butler map of the route shows a zigzag path going through the Empire Ranch up to Interstate 10. However the GPS route that I downloaded shows a U-shaped route that leaves 82 and then returns to 82, where you catch Highway 90 and take that to Benson. Which of those two route should I take follow the butler map zigzagging up to Interstate 10 or the u-shaped that returns to 82 and then to 90? Thanks
  6. rdw

    rdw Adventurer

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    I'm in Sonoita now so I guess I'll have to figure it out on my own. I didn't see any reference to the difference between the map and the GPS tracks talked about in the forum
  7. Todd157k

    Todd157k Long timer Supporter

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    What? you hit Rocks?? Well, FYI, there's rocks ahead of you.. and behind you.. and on all sides of you.. and if you like rocks.. there's always more!
    The only place I remember there wasn't a chit-ton of rocks was Mongolon Rim rd.
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  8. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    And if it is not rocks it is ruts, washouts, sand, ledges, mud, steep hills, deep water crossings, closed roads, etc. That's why we do this.
  9. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    your right, cause those are marbles, lots and lots of marbles.
  10. rdw

    rdw Adventurer

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    As of April 20th the section of the route between Highway 87 an 260 is still gated off ( the section of Mongolian Rim Road with really great views). Actually, from a Highway 260 in the Northbound Direction you can ride about an hour before you encounter the gate. I think the reason it's still gated off is because there are still some patches of snow. However, they ( patches of snow) are easy to get through. No problem bypassing the The Gates at either end. Not encouraging it, just saying...
  11. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    They like to write tickets in that area... be careful if your choosing to go around the gates.
  12. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    yeah, i agree that we should be able to decide if we can ride the conditions or not,,, but i also dont want to deal with rutted out rds from 4x4's ect. we already have plenty of that on the winter rds that dont close.
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  13. AZ Africa Twin

    AZ Africa Twin From the AZ High Country

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    Forest gates in the Coconino Nat. Forest were opened over the weekend. Enjoy!

    Time to get the tires dusty!
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  14. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    north of the 87,, rim area still closed, but soon.
  15. Gnup73

    Gnup73 Adventurer

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    HAAHAA, wasn't complain'n, just saying that its rocks not sand.
  16. Gnup73

    Gnup73 Adventurer

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    I'm riding the rim tomorrow, I've read that it's open, if its not....you said you have some alternates. I would be interested in knowing them. thnaks
  17. Gnup73

    Gnup73 Adventurer

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    SO Pioneer pass turned out to be pretty simple, I rode it S to N, then rode in N to S since I was RV'd just south of Winklemen. Thanks for the nifo.
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  18. Gnup73

    Gnup73 Adventurer

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    I'm riding S to N, I'm doing Mongolin rim tomorrow. I haven
    I'm ridin S to N, I haven't encountered any deep water yet, the deepest (maybe 8 inches) was north end of the expert portion to Young. I rode in S to N, then looped around and rode in N to S. MUCH MORE CHALLENGING N to S with some steep loose rock sections -- 1 in particular that left a few new gauges in my crash bars. Good fun though!!
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  19. nwemerys

    nwemerys Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Going to run this S to N with 2 other riders beginning on May 3. One rider wants to hotel it so the plan is: Benson, Young, Winona, Cameron, then to the boarder and home to Scottsdale. Input welcome re the locations. Thanks!
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  20. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    I've only done the southern part, but I would recommend:

    1) Scottsdale to Sierra Vista (good food + beer there)
    2) Sierra Vista to Benson (Benson has limited food options)
    3) Benson to Globe (no way you're making it to Young from Benson unless you skip all the dirt parts).

    Can't help regarding the northern sections, sorry.