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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Peter640, Apr 9, 2018.
Have fun in Flag - great local (and more) beers at Hops on Birch!
Lord luv us! The Antipodeans are back!
We see you're already extending your search for the perfect craft brew. You may have already noticed that since your last visit, the number of craft breweries has expanded exponentially.
Fifty years ago kids entering the labor (labour) market just wanted a day-shift job at the mill. Forty years ago, we were in a "bit of a recession" and a lot of kids discovered the "social safety net" or took whatever employment they could find to include frying fish or careers in applying asphalt. Thirty years ago the young 'uns wanted to get a job in "finance" which means, "I want to sit on my ass and make a pile of bucks in air-conditioned splendor. Twenty years ago, you left law school to become an Emergency Medical Technician. Ten years ago if the job didn't have "start up" somewhere in it's title you'd pass and stay in Mom's basement playing "Call of Duty." Today... yes, you guessed it, get a graduate degree in Zymology and open a micro brewery. God Bless the child!
Welcome and sooooo glad you brought your billfold!
Wolf Creek Pass.... God's Country!
Listen to this and then try to get it out of your head:
Oh my that is brilliant!! THANK YOU and welcome to the RR a pic for you! Multiple BOTD the body count from the rib eye dinner!
And my wonderful host making bacon for breaky!
Tom, famous for riding the Dalton up to sleep on the tundra and ride back in the rain (all the way!!). Hard core!
Thanks for that will check them out .. staying just north at my niece’s lodgings!
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Be still oh me 'eart!
More to be said later about today but safe and sound at 9000 feet altitude, 10 miles N of Flagstaff working on my hydration!
My neice Elly!
The Mountain view!
The ride in here was amazing but also very windy!! I feel as if some has tried to pull my head off!
you look as though you could do with some assistance with the IPA
Ah welcome Mr Corby I wondered when you’d show up! More than enough ipa to go around!!
So yesterday was bigger than planned!
I got away about 9 and crossed Wolf Creek Pass singing the song in sunshine ... so much nicer! BTW speed cops both ends of the pass I suspect it is a favoured hang out for law enforcement!
Cold and very pretty!
Then the slog back to Durango and on westward on the 160 ... ok but nothing special until Ute country appears ...
Love this shot!
I made a navigation boo boo missing the 41 turn (how the hell do you miss a major intersection in a desert I hear you ask!) so I’m stopped on a pull off in the middle of nowhere studying the map and after a few minutes I realise there is a local guy come out of nowhere like a spirit! Scared the shit out of me!
“Outta gas?” He asks ... “no a bit lost” I say. He says “no, I’m outta gas...got any!!” and points at his old pick up 300 meters away!!
I offer to help push him off road but a third guy turns up with some spare gas and all is well!! Weird meetings in the desert and nice people stop and help each other.
New fleeting friends ... a K rider in the white shirt!
So lost I found my self here! A four State day!
The road up to Bluff and on to Mexican Hat was super windy!!
Mexican Hat rock from afar! Over the wind at this point and still 220 miles to go!
Monument Valley is monumental! Shame about the (did I mention the) wind!!
More wind followed then the GPS suggest a short cut up FR150 round the back of San Francisco Peaks. Now my back Tyre is a little worn to say the least!
And I had a bad experience with a rock ripping a big hole in my rear at home just before I left! 70kms on a flat rear to get help is only so much fun!
So the road started out ok then got steeper and rocky and I wasn’t game to rip the treadles rear slick I am riding!
It started out brilliantly ...
At 5 in the afternoon I wasn’t game as I knew I had to climb to 9000 feet to meet my friends ....
Any ways I came thru Flagstaff bought beer and found the nice way up the Mountain that was still fun but not full of sharp rocks!
Met Ellie my neice
Drank Beer, talked of wind and watched the sun go down on another day on the road!
Great sleep and a rest day to learn Spanish and visit the Hops in Birch before hitting out for Tucker’s in Claremont tomorrow and new tyres and a service! edit change of plan and Laughlin now added to itinerary)
Great mountain house and my first night at 9000 feet ... altitude makes you feel a little weird whe mixed with IPA!
Jumped on the bike to miss the arriving snow this morning for a cold ride to Laughlin. Spent much of the day on Route 66! (channeling my inner Chuck Berry).
Parts of the ride wonderful other parts windy and cold!!
Stopped in Oatman for lunch ... crazy town! Over run with donkeys or burrows! ( and tourists!)