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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Elefant 900 Rad, Oct 25, 2016.
A Tombstone Sunset....
There was so much to see around the area....we decided to go do a big loop through the countryside in search of local ghost towns...we would not be disappointed.
It's funny that when Gene and Chaco are riding ahead of us, Doc barks and whines the whole time, maybe because he thinks his buddy Chaco is getting away or he wants to make sure he's OK....whatever it is, it cracks me up. When we're ahead of Gene and Chaco, Doc doesn't bark....who knows what he's thinkin'.
He wants to git the cow !
We stopped in the old town of Pearce....Gene was checking a loose bolt.
We continued on more dirt roads and found another ghost town and jail....
I believe this was the foundation of the old Hotel.
Nice sunset on the way back to town, great ending to another fantastic day exploring the Old West !
Glad I found this again.....nice update Randy!!
Some more random pix of Tombstone....we spent a month there, so have lots of photos.
We did many a late night walks thru town looking for ghosts, Doc chasing deer in town.
Here, Doc Holliday is lounging after a rough night at his Saloon....
Guarding the courthouse entrance.
Big Nose Kate's Saloon....
Doc Holliday and his lady, Big Nose Kate
Love the woodwork and craftsmanship in these old saloons....
Nice art too !!
Just a bunch of cowgirls wearing chaps.
There are these plaques all over town, depicting major events in the town's history.
Doc Holliday guarding the back entrance to his own Saloon.
And will the real Doc Holliday please stand up !
Walking the streets at 2:00 am.
I think Doc saw a ghost....
Doc had his own bed at the motel.
And the Tombstone story continues....
With new friends Cheryl and her hubby.
Thought I'd try to crash a private party at the Crystal Palace...but it didn't work.
More new friends....
Nettie, Nova and David
Awww, the ladies givin' me some lovin'
From the outskirts of town....
Had many a pizza and some steaks at Johnny Ringo's....
We did a lot of lounging and relaxing while there.
Really liked this mural at the motel.
Met another cool dude who was traveling around the southwest...
And yet another beautiful sunset to end another day in the Old West....
Thanks for catching us up. Been awhile.
Doc Holliday made tons of friends and got into a bunch of bar brawls.....kinda fitting for the "Town Too Tough to Die"...
Ate breakfast here many times...
Sometimes I had a second breakfast in a glass ! Best bloodies around !
One of the best poems ever....Friends
The coolest urinal I've ever seen.
I met so many good people and made a lot of new friends.
Lovely Suzanna and her pup.
Tombstone Brewery had it's Grand Opening while we were there....they had some good beers.
My friend Karin from Germany
We met this other dog named Wyatt Earp....too funny, Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp in real life.
Getting ready for the Tombstone Christmas Parade.
Doc was enjoying being in the parade.
Next day, we went to visit with the local Tombstone Hearse and Trike who also builds custom motorcycle hearses.
Jack Feather does beautiful work and is so well known, that he was asked to help build a replica of the horse drawn hearse that was used during Abraham Lincoln's funeral, for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Funeral. It was built as close as possible to the real thing using just one old photo of the original....very cool stuff !
More random shots.....
Snow Christmas Eve !! Yeah baby !
Christmas morning, there's was a light dusting of snow, better than nothing !
Met this really cool couple riding together...she was on a military Harley Davidson, she really loved it and said it fit her well. I thought it was pretty damn cool !
Doc wanting to go chase the Javalina around the corner from the Motel....but I could not let him, they'd tear him up if they felt threatened.
Yep....still got more to post from Tombstone....
Just playin' around with the camera....
Looking east towards the Dragoon Mountains....
They show the movie "Tombstone" a lot, so one night I went to watch the entire movie at the Crystal Palace.
Watching the movie Tombstone in Tombstone, having a shot of Doc Holliday's favorite Whiskey "Old Overholt", with my buddy Doc Holliday by my side in the Crystal Palace....man, that was a good night ! At the time I thought, "doesn't get much better than this".
Quite possibly Val Kilmer's best roll, and the best portrayal of Doc Holliday ever !
I had talked to a friend on Facebook who said he was coming towards Southern Arizona to go camping and riding, but never thought we'd get to see each other. As I went to the next town over to go grocery shopping, I see this guy walking up to me and I realize it's him...my friend Richard Amiton from San Diego. What a damn coincidence, we laughed. He introduced me to his wife and friends, and they had to meet Doc Holliday and check out the sidecar rig. We chatted for a bit, then they had to get on their way.
Back in Tombstone....the sweetheart bartender from Doc Holliday's Saloon.
With my new best friends, Regi and Marcel with Grizzly, Gene with Chaco, me and Doc.
Best buds, Doc and Chaco
Doc, Chaco and the pup Grizzly....Doc was a mentor for both Chaco and Grizzly, they both were not socialized much with other dogs....Doc literally taught them how to play with others and be social.
Next day, Gene and I wanted to do the horseback tour of the backcountry around Tombstone. Our tour guide was Mike Evans, the DS Breeder we met the other day at the Tombstone Monument Ranch. I asked my friends Regi and Marcel if they could watch Doc for a few hours. They said yes, and I knew Doc would be OK because he had little Grizzly to play with.
We met some great people on the horse tour and learned a lot of local history that is outside the normal stuff you see in Tombstone. Mike is a very knowledgeable guide.
Mike on the right, explaining the history of the Tombstone Railway built to move the Silver Ore from the mine to the larger nearby town.
I hadn't been on a horse in over 25 years, it was great to ride again. My horse "Sheriff" was an awesome boy, he knew exactly what to do, I barely had to do anything to control him. I talked to him like I talk to my dog, he seemed to like that ( after all, aren't they like Big Dogs ? )
An old mineshaft, many were still open holes.
It really DOES feel like the Wild Wild West here....
Remnants of an old miner's cabin...it had a secret escape route out the back in case of Indian attack.
My boy "Sheriff".
Gene feeding apples to the horses.
Another day at the Monument Ranch, Doc entertaining a little girl...he is so awesome with kids !
Where the girl is sitting, those panels on the floor show an underground tunnel that was used as an escape route out of an existing building.
Doc tuckered out after another active day in Tombstone.
Offer is a good one even approved by the better half Btw she is on her second TDI dog and is very active at a local hospital and nursing home. Buck will be taking his test next month.
Plenty of space and lots of tools in case you need to do a little tinkering on the rig. Just give us some notice.
Jack and Buck
Great RR! I will be following along intently. I hope to do a similar ride (maybe not 5+ years but definitely a year or so) but I am still 3-5 years away so I am sure I will gain some excellent tips and ideas from reading yours! I would love to gain some insight into your ideas for your custom build and maybe specs so I might pursue doing something similar. My plan has just been to look for a nice used, or just go new, DMC Adventure car but thinking the custom would work better and be more comfortable for my pup, Chet (cost might put that out of contention but worth a look into what DMC could do for me since they are only a couple hours from where I am now).
On another note, love OB and your choice of fish taco establishments! My first date with the GF was beer/wine tasting at Olive Tree and then to South Beach for fish tacos! Would have ended at OB Brewery for roof top beers if that had been around when I lived there. My favorite though, is a Cali Burrito from Newport quickstop! The red sauce is fantastic!
Also love Doc's toy (sorry to hear it was lost). Chet has 3 lamb chops running around!
Keep up the great RR and I will continue following with zeal!
Flounder, as far as specs, I just told my builder the dimensions of what I wanted so Doc would be comfortable, he's a big dog.
Depending on size of your dog, custom body might be the way to go if he's a large dog, but many use the standard body types for their dogs. If you go custom, it's a LOT more expensive, really depends on what you want to spend. The most important thing for a sidecar is how it mounts to the bike, and the strength of all the support members, clamps, etc. Boxer Metal in Chico, CA and Freedom Sidecars in Pennsylvania build really strong and reliable custom rigs, in my humble opinion.
Yeah, OB was a favorite place to hangout in San Diego.
Our stay in Tombstone was coming to an end, so we tried to cram in all the touristy stuff we wanted to see and do into the next couple days.
Stagecoach Tour with our friend "Preacher Tom"...everyone in Tombstone has a nickname.
Inside the historic courthouse....
Most of the town burned to the ground....TWICE.... 2 devastating fires, but they rebuilt the town both times.
One of my childhood heroes...
Founder of Tombstone....
Imagine, these being the only instruments a doctor has to work on you nowadays !
I find this history fascinating....
The Earps and Doc Holliday before the OK Corral gunfight....
There is a full set of an artist's rendition of the famous gunfight, here's just one photo.
Mining drill....looks like a machine-gun.
A reconstruction of the Gallows....
Almost done with the Tombstone tour....
The mine tour.
Doc goin' underground....100 feet down inside the mine.
The historic Birdcage Theater, still in it's original condition....
The Birdcage was really interesting...
Getting ready to leave Tombstone next.
Everyone we knew wanted to say bye to Doc Holliday before we left. We had fun for what I thought was our last day there.....
My now good friend Karin.
Chaco the Canyon Commander and I.
Chaco and Doc....best buds.
The girls at the motel.....
The next day I was about to leave, and I decided to call my friend Ed ( Shafted on ADVrider )....I told him I was leaving, and he said..."What ? I'm on my way to Tombstone, I was going to surprise you". Guess I was staying another night !
We went out for dinner, then I introduced him to all my Tombstone friends and we had a blast !
Ed, Marcel and Regi.
Doc with another best bud, Grizzly.
Ed gettin' a boot shine from "Johnny Shoeshine"....Johnny's a pro !
Doc's last time to Doc Holliday's Saloon.
We had a great time in Tombstone. Yes, it's a touristy town on the surface, but when you get to know it from behind the scenes, it's a great little town ( 1200 people ) with a lot of great people who make their living there. We made many new friends and still stay in touch with some who we consider lifelong friends. We will be back !
And that concludes our story from a month in Tombstone...."The Town Too Tough to Die".
My friend Ed was heading to Phoenix to meet his wife to see a concert, but on the way he wanted to see the Titan Nuclear Missile Museum. It's an actual old missile silo that has been preserved as a museum open to the public, so I joined him....glad I did ! This is really interesting and the tours are put on by volunteers. Our guide was great.
The blast doors protecting the facility from nuclear attack.
Our guide in the missile control room....
Ed listening intently to our guide.
Huge vibration isolators, everything is isolated against earthquakes and missile attack. The amount of engineering that goes into building a missile silo is mesmerizing.
The Trident Missile poised in it's silo.
Peace thru Deterrence.
Looking down into the silo from above ground.
Said goodbye to Ed after the tour....he headed to Phoenix, and I headed back towards San Diego....to be continued.
Next day, as we were passing the sand dunes near Glamis and Buttercup off of Interstate 8, I had to get off the highway and go riding in the sand dunes for a bit. They were moist from recent rains so it was great. I didn't venture too far up into the dunes since I knew we'd eventually sink in and get stuck. Our rig drew a lot of attention from the people riding around and camping, as we fishtailed back and forth thru the lower part of the dunes....great fun !
After playing around in the dunes, we continued on to our next destination....the Airheads BMW Club annual 1st Chance / Last Chance Rendezous, for the New Year's Campout at Agua Caliente Park.
When we pulled into the town of Ocotillo, I saw a bunch of trailers, motorcycles and off-road rigs. They were having a weekend campout and get together with one of the off-road clubs. I ran into Ed Stovin, President of San Diego Off Road Coalition....he wanted to take my rig for a quick ride.
Also saw Mimi Selly, friend and member of our club San Diego Adventure Riders.
On the way to Agua Caliente, we stopped at the Carrizo Badlands Overlook, Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
It was then time for the evening festivities for New Year's Eve.
Airhead friend John C.
Not going to mention any names, but this guy's pants got wet from the rain, and he couldn't find his dry pants....LOL !! He was pissed when he knew I took the photo. Sometimes, when you play, you gotta pay !
The obligatory chair stacking ceremony at the end of the night....gather up everyone's chairs when they're sleeping and put them in a stack.
Think he finally found his dry pants.
My nice camp spot. Also, the last time I used this tent. It lasted about 20 years, great little tent, but the tarp started to leak and then the zippers broke....was time to retire it.
Most everyone started packing up to leave on Sunday, new year's morning.
Doc got to reunite with his girlfriend Claire....they were both tired after a busy weekend running around and playing.
I had to go back to San Diego to take care of some personal business. While in my favorite beach town of Ocean Beach, we ran into an old friend with his kids, from San Diego Adventure Riders.....Papa Alex, who was one of the first club members to go riding with me and helping me lay out the first Desert Dash Dualsport Rides....was great to see him and what a coincidence.
More to come.....
My plan when I went back to San Diego was to take care of some personal business, I only planned on being in San Diego for a couple months. I had been doing a lot of thinking and decided I'd see if someone could build me a custom 2 wheel drive for my sidecar rig. I talked with my sidecar builder Chris Canterbury, and he just didn't have the time to do it. A few days later, I get a call from him saying he thought of someone local who could do it for me. I knew who the guy was, since I met him up at Chris's shop when I picked up my sidecar. This guy Jake had been working for him for a few weeks, Chris was really doing him a favor as the guy was going thru some rough times. So, I contracted with this guy Jake to build me a 2 wheel drive for our rig. He promised that he could do the job properly and in a timely manner. Well, to make a long story short, he ended up being a real flake and had the rig for over 5 months, didn't complete it and there were problems with it....then I ended up firing him. That's a whole other story for another time. I ended up being in San Diego for over 7 months instead of the original plan of about 3 months ( including the 2 wheel drive build ). While in San Diego, we enjoyed our time as much as possible, attended a bunch of motorcycle events and went to the beach a lot.
I'll share some of those things with you....
While staying with a friend in Oceanside during this time, a good friend from England who I met a few years ago, Kris came into town so we got together.
Cycle Gear in North County had a bike night and they wanted us to come to promote our club, so my partner Mike and I went and a few other SDAR members showed up to show support also.
Doc is now used to getting all the attention whenever we go anywhere with the sidecar rig.
Then there was an Airhead Tech Day at Avery's house in North County....always a good time seeing my Airhead friends, and some people actually get work done on their bikes !
After some beach time in Ocean Beach, we went to a local pizza joint and Doc saw his friend Tianne....Doc is such a lady's man and a character. He's doing double high fives here and taking chicken right from her lips....lucky dog !
Another girl wanted to get in on the Doc action.
Thanks Rad for input. Will have to continue research still got lots of time. I know DMC does some nice rigs but not too sure of what they do for custom. Chet is a bit smaller than Doc (he looks to be 90-100# I am guessing?) at about 70#. I like the bigger rectangular area you built for him as Chet tend to like to move around and stand and all that. My current hack is a smallish Kenda he just doesn't always seem too comfortable in.
Ride safe and keep the updates coming!