Wandering from my meandering (Latest: Cyprus)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by ScotsFire, Dec 10, 2017.

  1. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    We’re down in Why AZ just now. Haven’t really gotten the bike out but there are some more good looking desert routes down on this end of the state. Will get out a little next week, but probably riding to Baja some time next week for a month or so.
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    Wow. You've been all over my haunts both past and present. My family owns a house just south of Gualala in the Sea Ranch, and I went to college up in Flagstaff and drove all over northern AZ. I had the opportunity to do some work in the White Mountains this last summer, and it made me quite homesick. I hope to make the trip again by motorcycle instead of rental car, but that probably won't be for a few years.
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  3. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    February 3, 2018
    East of Ajo AZ

    Took a what I expected to be a quick ride to clear my head. Turned into six hours of sand and two track on BLM land east of Ajo. Mostly straight roads (excepting where crossing the washes or climbing hills) but still a lot of great riding and awesome views.

    There are all kinds of these roads in the area. Some this good, some worse. Always have to watch for stretches of loose sand, but the majority is pretty firm. There’s an amazing amount of clay in the sand. Real slick and ruts easily when wet, but mostly like packed gravel.
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    Going towards Burro Pass.
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    The Border Patrol has a very large presence in the area. These towers are fairly common. They have surveillance equipment, but can also be used to request help.
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    A natural gas pipeline goes alongside the road. Despite being used still, the road for some reason is called Old Pipeline Road (BLM Rd 8100). It appears that they elevate it through the arroyos.
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    No lack of awesome scenery.
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    The road got rougher (and more fun) the further northeast I got.
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    Looking back.
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    And forward.
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    At the pass. I turned around here as I was nearing the Barry Goldwater Bombing Range. I have the permit to go there, but not the supplies (right then).
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    Go back thatta way.
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    But first, donkeys.
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    I see lots of track, and hear them bray once in a while, but these are still the only ones I’ve seen in the Why/Ajo area.

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    Wise words.
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    The view behind 6 side-by-sides isn’t as good.
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    Coming back into Ajo. The tailing piles from the copper mine are huge.
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    The mine grew so large, a cemetery had to be removed.
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    Great dya’s ride. Lots of such around Ajo.
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  4. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    I think I might try your line at work. "Gotta go for a quick walk to clear my head and then come back 6 hours later"! It could only be 6 hours because I would have already spent the first two hours talking to the other employees, making and drinking coffee, and then spending some time surfing the motorcycle forums. By the time I get done with all this I'd be ready to "clear my head".

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    Cool to see what looks like copper ore in the chosen rocks for the plaque base.
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  7. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    Keep in mind that it didn’t work so well with my GF. May not be the best tack with your boss either.
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    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    Feb 8, 2018: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and area north of such

    Sorry for the long absence. Was looking through some pics and saw that I had a little more to post.

    Took an afternoon to go ride most of the “big loop” at the Organ Pipe, Puerto Blanco Drive. I took the north part from the visitors center, then took the Pozo Nuevo Rd up to Bates Well Rd and back in. This loop takes a few hours and goes through mostly flat terrain, other than the arroyos. Road surfaces are a mix of gravel and sand, but nothing too loose, at least at the time.

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    Still just a handful of ocotillo blooming. Spring blooms don’t come till late April and into May.

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    The rocky hills coming out of the desert floor are awesome.

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    I never saw any illegal immigrants while riding, but they are quite plentiful in the area.

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    Some of the saguaro are pretty comical.

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    The organ pipe are less common in some parts of the monument.

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    Some early ocotillo blossoms. These bushes become covered in small green leaves and loads more blooms after a rain.

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    Bates Well, from which the road was named. There was a ranch here at one point.


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    One of the many side roads that show up after you leave the monument.

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    Great day of riding.
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    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    May 3, 2018: Tohono O’odham Nation

    I took a run around the western part of the reservation on marked roads. I rode up to the community of Hickiwan, then out to Pipeline Road (yes, a continuation of the road I was on in February) to Kaka, then back on pavement the roundabout way back. Very pleasant 80 degrees Fahrenheit when high nineties and over 100 was starting to become the norm as “spring” progressed.

    As was kind of a running joke: “Look! Another blue sky day in Arizona!”
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    Headed north to Old Pipeline Rd. Still don’t know why it’s “old” as it’s still active, and there isn’t another road.
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    Lots of horses around. I always got mixed information on whether these were wild or just ranging.
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    Thus the name of the road.
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    Definitely not domesticated.
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    Checking each other out.
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    The white stallion’s herd.
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    I was wondering if Hickiwan meant Valley of Dustdevils in Tohono.
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    The arroyos got a little more challenging.
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    The cemetery at Kaka where the Pipeline Road comes into town.
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    Takes one to know one.
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    This arch is a sacred place for the Tohono O’odham.
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    A rider that stopped to check on me when I was stopped on the side of the road adjusting my tunes.
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    Was another great ride in southern Arizona. Turned out to be pretty much the last.
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    Can you tell us why ?
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    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    I was going to include this in a later post, but the short story is my GF and I broke up and I’m no longer in AZ. Too damn hot after that to ride much in the summer anyway.

    Still riding, more actually. Just not there.
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    Sorry about that. When the summer cools off, you might like the Anza Borrego state park, west of the Salton sea in Southern California. I RV there from Nov. til April, with my G 650 X Challenge. Steve
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    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    May 14, 2018: Moab day 2 (my first day of riding there), Chicken Corners

    A friend organizes a few days of group day rides out of Moab every year. This is the second year I’ve gone. Usually a handful of regulars with a bunch of “new” people. The riding is incredible, company great, and the sights unreal.

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    We had quite the gaggle.
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    Wide selection of bikes too. 690 Adv.
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    Tom on his Husky 501.
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    Imu on his DRZ and Dave 2 on a Van Van. He rode the shit outta that little bike.
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    AT Guy (I forgot his name)
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    And Cigar Dave and George on DR650’s.
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    A KLR
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    And Tan on another 690 Adv with the ADV salute!
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    Tom is always getting his updated profile pics it seems.
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    The scenery is always otherworldly.
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    The way out to the “corner”.
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    The way back.
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    Lots of parking on this side. No one wanted to take advantage.
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    Someone fishing on the Colorado.
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    The local prickly pear were blooming.
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    Tom hogging the shade on the way back to town.
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    The next day was the White Rim Trail.
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  14. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    I’ll keep that in mind if I get down that way this winter. I’m starting to plan a trip to Baja. That’s on the way.
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    I had 11 days in Moab in 2010 . Gotta love Utah.
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    Just found this thread yesterday.
    Great Pitctures and stories, R.
    Sorry about you and J but I hope both of you find Peace.
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  17. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    Thank you so much Imu. Means a lot to me.
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    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    May 15, 2018: Moab Day 3 White Rim Trail

    The WRT is an epic 100 mile loop through Canyonlands National Park. The number of people is limited each day, and you have to get your (free) permit within 24 hours of going. Procurement can be done on line, so it’s not that big of a deal.
    This was my second time round. Last year I rode my F800GSA on this, so it is definitely big bike capable, for a decent rider. This year, Tom very generously loaned me his Husqvarna 501 for the trip. He took his “backup” KTM 500 (so he really didn’t suffer too much.) This was actually the first time I’ve ridden such a light bike off road since high school (many, many moons ago). I’ll say this: taking the GS out there is a lot of fun, but a bike that weighs 200+ ponds less sure wears a guy out less, even if riding more aggressively. This impressed me enough that I (after this trip) bought a WR450R, essentially for next year at Moab. But I digress.

    The way down into the Green River canyon.
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    Some of the other guys coming down.
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    These bicyclists were kick ass. They came into the canyon when we did. We passed them several times, then they would pass us during our frequent breaks and picture taking. They ended up pulling the Schaeffer Trail out at the same time we did.
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    Real friendly too, and always smiled and waved when we passed.

    The scenery is unparalleled.
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    Along the Green River.
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    First of many stops.
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    A short video from my phone.
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    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    WRT continued...

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    The riding is absolutely phenomenal.
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    Views pretty good too.
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    Me with the Husky, and Tom photo bombing the pic.
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    ScotsFire And then a stranger rode into town...

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    WRT cont more...

    Me on the 501
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    That Husky was a damn fun ride.
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    The day was not without incident. Let’s just say, I wouldn’t be doing this ride in shorts.
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    The Schaeffer Trail.
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    All in all, one of the best riding days ever. Can’t wait to go again next year.
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