UTBDR North to South September 2018

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  1. Blaise W

    Blaise W Long timer Supporter

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    Excellent. Keep it coming!
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  2. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    20th September
    Day 6 (Day 46)
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    You can see on the map that my route goes beyond the UTBDR south end. I had to go to Tucson and wanted to do cherry creek road from the AZBDR which I had to pass on the last time.
    But first the rest of the UTBDR.
    Weather is great, as promised. The route leaves the HWY and turns N onto South Comb Wash Rd.
    It has sandy spots but overall ok.
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    About halve way before the route turns S again is a great overlook down into a canyon.
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    Riding on a high plateau for a short paved section and than the road turns into gravel again.
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    And the Moki Dugway.
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    Once down, the track leads through the valley of the gods. This was the main reason why I waited the extra day for the sunshine.
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    Past the valley it is a short ride to the AZ border.
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    Following the HWY further through the Monument Valley.
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    I was looking for a interesting route south to young and have been told the Canyon de Chelly is worth a visit.
    So that's where I was heading.
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    Very surprising and interesting views. All of this even for free.
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  3. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    The rest of the day I was riding on the HWY south to Holbrook where I spend the night.
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  4. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    21st September
    Day 7 (Day 47)

    I know. this is not part of the UTBDR but those where the last days of my USA trip so I just post it here.
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    The plan was to see the Petrified Forest NP and than ride to Young. The NP is just east of Holbrook.
    At the north entrance are first some very colorful hills.
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    The more south I got the more petrified trees where to see.
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    The ride to Young was just HWY and the only thing I needed to keep in mind was to refuel as late as possible.
    I knew there is a small Gas Station just outside of young and that was the one I aimed for.
    Bike refueled and I was starting the ride through Cherry Creek road with mixes feelings. I still had a comment in my mind from a member here when I did the AZBDR. It was something like: Cherry creek road, now it s getting interesting.
    Did he mean, lets see how miserable this guy fails? No lets find out.

    It started not too difficult and only now and then a bit rocky.
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    Most of the times it was just farming road and later the maintenance road for the power lines.
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    That was actually a bit disappointing. The views where most of the times disturbed by those power lines. I also hoped to see maybe Devils Chasm and Sierra Ancha Cliff Dwellings.
    The route is not really running next to them and after riding to the hike entrance (that was a very rough section), I realized that the hike is far too long to do this now.
    So I headed towards Globe for the night.
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    It was hot in globe and I opted for a motel to have a relaxing evening.
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  5. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    22nd September
    Day 8 (Day 48)
    Todays goal is to do the Apache Trail and reach Tucson.
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    I started early in the morning on the HWY to Phoenix to beat the heat.
    The trail started busy and around the first few corners I had a great view.
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    Some nice views along the route to the Theodore Roosevelt Dam.
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    From Globe I took the HWY all the way south to Oracle and than on the Old Mt. Lemon road up on the mountain.
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    From Mt. Lemon you can see Tucson and a nice paved road leads down the mountain into town.
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    And this is the end of the adventure!
    The last days where filled with taking care of the bike enjoying nice company and food in Tucson before I had to fly back to Europe.

    Thanks to everyone for all the help and the nice people I met.
    It was truly a great time and calls for more, hopefully soon.:-)
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  6. Pete Pilot

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    Bumped. Another good read. Your welcome in Canada. Merlin
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  7. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    Thanks Merlin.
    Canada is on the list for 2020 during the CDT ride.
    Would like to go all the way to Banff before turning west and south again.
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  8. Pete Pilot

    Pete Pilot Been here awhile

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    Banff only few hours ride from the border. British Columbia is huge and extremely beautiful. You could spend 30 days wandering B.C. and still be much to see. Realize that you only have so much time available so maybe do a B.C. only trip at a later date. Take Care. Merlin
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