What to see in the West

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Jamie Z, May 4, 2011.

  1. Pantah

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    I agree with the southern route home along the border. Too early in the season for the northern route. Bisbee is a cool place as I visited it last May on my trip to PHX. Maybe: PHX/Bisbee/El Paso/ Carlsbad etc. Pretty desolate and uninviting around Carlsbad and West Texas. Vast oil and nat gas fields. Big winds too.

    I am flying into PHX in 2 weeks to ride my bike back to Boston.
    Am taking the central AZ/NM route: PHX/Payson/Show Low/Springerville/Quemado,NM/Lava Beds/Grants/Albuq.

    It's all two lane, but I need to make Taos the first night so won't be sight seeing much.

    Luck!
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  2. Uglyprimate

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    If you're running a border route, stop and smell the roses at the Gasden Hotel in downtown Douglas. Old Victorian style, marble staircase, gold leafed ceiling. The largest Tiffany stained glass window depicting a western theme. Amelia Earheart, Several presidents, lots of actors and Pancho Villa have all visited. (look for the broken step on the right side about the third or fourth step up from the ground, thank Villa's horse for that)

    Bisbee's brewery gulch, open pit mine, Cochise County Choppers (owners house recently burned down, but shop still running. They also do Triumphs and are not all Harley)

    Tombstone

    Clifton/Morenci, another mine also enroute north on 191 aka old 666.

    More open pit mines in San Manuel, Kearny, Globe.

    There is an old stage coach road that runs just north of Hayden/Winkleman and winds up over the mountain into Globe. Pine tree camping at the top.

    Kearny has free camping in town down by the river. I can hook you up with dinner and a shower nearby. Contacts in Safford and Douglas probably the same.

    Jerome and Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon to Flagstaff is a must. Ride it in both directions or at least stop at every wide spot to look backwards.

    You'd need 6 months to even scratch the surface of all the great places and things to do.
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  3. Disco Stu

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    If you're going along the border, theres a cool little museum for Judge Roy Bean the hanging judge
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  4. jimmesa

    jimmesa Been here awhile

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    I really enjoyed Big Bend. The road along the border is like a rollercoaster! Fort Davis area is neat too. Jim
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  5. Disco Stu

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    If you're going out to Morenci, make sure you take the road through the Gila National Forest. Another great ride.
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    Natural Bridges off 95 in southern Utah.

    If you cross Glen Canyon on the toll ferry you can ride the Burr Trail. Hwy 276.
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  8. Eyes Shut

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    WestFest is July 22-24 in Darby, Montana.

    Jamie Z, you probably won't make it to California, but keep in mind there are plenty of good roads to ride around here, too. Besides, we'd be pleased to have you stay with us! We are in Tent Space under GSWayne.
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  9. scarysharkface

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  10. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    Headed to Big Bend today.

    My rear tire is about shot. I've found one motorcycle shop in Alpine, though I don't know if they mount tires. They're not open yet today.

    SW Moto Tires has the 150/70-17 Metzeler Tourance for $150. I was thinking I'd have it shipped overnight to a shop (or someone's house) to have it mounted.

    Typing on this iPhone is no fun and SW Moto doesn't take phone orders. :(

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  11. Jamie Z

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    Did you see my Facebook posting?

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  12. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Broke it/Bought it Supporter

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    I'll see what I can find for you in that area..

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  13. Toolpen

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    I agree with the touristy places. But if you can time it right, drive through the Grand Canyon's southern rim (hwy 180) and skirt along the rim in the early morning. A view into the canyon is worth it. Traffic is usually light and then exit the park. You can then exit on 64 and take 89 north into Navajo country. The ride to the Grand Canyon's northern rim is also worth the time. You'll be riding through the National Forest on the way to the park and there are plenty of places to camp free in the forest. Great roads where ever you ride in this part of the country.

    Have a great trip.
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  14. TexasShadow

    TexasShadow Where's the escape hatch?

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    Ralph can mount it if you have the tire. He's on Hwy118 about 80 miles S of Alpine and ~10 miles north of Study Butte/Terlingua. I have a ping out to see if anyone has his number.

    I doubt Ralph has the tire you might need, but ya never know.
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  15. TexasShadow

    TexasShadow Where's the escape hatch?

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    Jamie, I will pm you Ralph's phone number. You can probably have the tire shipped to his place and he will mount it for you. Tell him Ed and Elzi referred you to him. So check your PM's.
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  16. scarysharkface

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  17. TexasShadow

    TexasShadow Where's the escape hatch?

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    PM sent. Also a recommendation to go to Starlight front porch to watch sun set.
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  18. TexasShadow

    TexasShadow Where's the escape hatch?

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    If you are on Jamie's facebook, maybe you can give him a heads-up to check his pm here.
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  19. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Broke it/Bought it Supporter

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    I'll see if I can find him. I think we have a common friend on there.

    John

    edit: Found him and sent a note to check his adv PMs..
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  20. TexasShadow

    TexasShadow Where's the escape hatch?

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    Excellent.
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