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dave6253 09-17-2010 10:50 PM

All This, and I Never Left Arizona
 



Found a way to rid myself
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Clean of the pain
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and the fever that's been haunting me
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has gone away
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Looking through my window
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I seem to recognize all the people passing by
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But I'm alone and far from home
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Nobody knows me
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Never heard me say, "Goodbye"
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Never shall I speak to anyone again
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All days are in darkness and I'm biding my time
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Once I am sure of my task I will rise again
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Hours of Wealth lyrics by Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth





Hi! My name is Dave, and I'm an addict.
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My vices are motorcycles and Adventure Rider Ride Reports! It's time to feed the addiction again.



Day 1, Thursday September 9th, 2010

I get on the road at about 4:30 PM. Yeah, It's a late start for a trip, but getting enough time away for a decent trip is difficult when you are married with children. I probably won't get very far today, but It's time to get away.

Of course escaping the Phoenix Metro at rush hour can be time-consuming. Thank ADOT for the HOV lane.
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It's not long before the source of the traffic slow down becomes evident. It seems some driver had a sudden urge to go off-roading along the freeway. The cops and tow trucks were already there.
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It's so nice to sit at a red light and enjoy the freeway art. I wonder how much that costs me?
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I head out of the "Valley of the Sun" on the Beeline Highway, US 87. My destination for the evening comes into view.
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I jump off the highway and head east on Four Peaks Road, aka Clines Cabin Road. Now this is more like it.:thumb
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I've never ridden this road before.
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That will be a theme for this ride as I seek lonely backcountry dirt roads that I've never ridden before. Since this is my first ever dirt bike, finding such routes is an easy task.
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The scenery is stunning and the road is fun. The surface of this road is crushed granite and sand over hard-pack. Very slippery. Also there are plenty of erosion damage ruts and trenches that are often not visible until you are on top of them.
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To Be Continued...

BusyWeb 09-18-2010 12:09 AM

:clap

larryboy 09-18-2010 12:41 AM

Off to a roaring start, Dave!!!



:lurk

quackPOT 09-18-2010 04:33 AM

Always enjoy your RRs, this one is off to a good start!

AZ_ADV_RIDER 09-18-2010 10:58 AM

Can't wait for more! :lurk

dave6253 09-18-2010 11:08 AM

History of Addiction
 
I grew up with strict and over-protective parents. They would have never let me own a motorcycle. I wasn't even allowed to ride my friends dirt bikes. I rode my cousins minibike only a handful of times without their knowledge. I knew from that point I wanted a motorbike. I spent alot of time on my bicycle daydreaming about it. Being deprived of something you want only makes you want it more, right?
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In 1997 I sold off my pickup in order to justify my first motorcycle purchase. I began commuting to work by motorcycle and we've been a one-car family ever since. Even with the addition of two kids.
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I owned a couple different cruisers before purchasing my dream bike, the Aprilia Futura, in 2002. My street riding skills had improved to the point where I needed a better performing bike, or I was gonna kill myself trying to push my big heavy cruiser too fast in the twisties. With a sporty, but comfortable long distance sport-tourer I began wearing out the asphalt around Arizona. I quickly became bored with the same roads. I started thinking the best thing about living in Arizona was we were so close to California and Utah. I was slowly coming to the realization that what I was really wanting was the sense of adventure of a new road.
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About one and a half years ago I bought my second dream bike and my very first "dirt bike", the KTM 990 Adventure. The first trips I did with it was back to Utah. Lately though, I've tried to resist to urge to head out of state. There's alot of Arizona I need to see first.
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And here, just outside of town is an awesome dirt road I've never ridden. Up, up, we go.
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The penalty for sliding off this road is high.
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Don't tip over here.
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dave6253 09-18-2010 11:28 AM

A few years ago I slowed my motorcycle down to roll through a tiny Utah town on a Sunday morning. Except for the church parking lot, the town appeared empty. A young boy pedaled his bicycle across the road and down the sidewalk. He was wearing a white shirt and tie. He must've skipped out of church to get in some riding time. He spotted me and his face lit up with a huge smile. He began waving, so I gave a cool return wave and thundered out of town. That little boy reminded me of myself.

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Around sunset I found a neat spot to camp along the road with a great view of Four Peaks. I'm only 50 miles from home, but I'm all alone. One small SUV passes then I don't see another person on this road.
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I was disappointed with the super clear skies as I was looking forward to a typically spectacular Arizona sunset.
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I ate my dinner and waited for the stars to come out.
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At 4200 feet it will be a mild night. I set up the tent to keep this guy and his friends out.
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DUC54 09-18-2010 11:30 AM

Bravo!!!! The start of another great read!!!! Thanx Dave. :clap



Giddy Up!!!

dave6253 09-18-2010 11:41 AM

Day 1 Map
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Day 2 Friday, September 10, 2010

I'm up at first light and nearly ready to roll at sunrise.
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Breakfast is a protein meal replacement cereal bar.
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Natures' Speed Reduction Device
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The valley in the distance here is home to about 3 MILLION people. As their alarm clocks command they return to work, I'm alone on this road.
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gypsyrr 09-18-2010 12:03 PM

Subscribed again. Looking forward to more of your artistic photos of the west, Dave.

dave6253 09-18-2010 12:49 PM

More of Day 2
 
The road tops out at a saddle around 5800'. There are even some pines up here.
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The road chages names to El Oso Road down the east side.
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The fun road follows the ridgeline and Lake Roosevelt reflects the blinding sun.
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The road circles around the hilltop here.
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Now that's unusual. I guess the circle is for larger vehicles so they don't have to make the tight u-turn. I took the circle just to see what was on the other side.
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I cross the highway and take A Cross Road, which runs along the north side of the lake.
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Four Peaks and Lake Roosevelt
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On the far side of the valley you can see El Oso Road twisting down from the mountains.
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dave6253 09-18-2010 12:58 PM

Thanks for joining in BusyWeb, Rob, quackPOT, Mark, Allen, and Kristi. I'm happy to hear from you.

Rob, I loved your current report!:super

Allen, I found a few new places to ride for the next time you're in town.

dave6253 09-18-2010 02:21 PM

A Cross Road
 
The views on A Cross Road...
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are spectacular.
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No water to cross today.
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I found this wagon sitting alongside the road near a private ranch.
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dave6253 09-18-2010 02:31 PM

Az 288
 
I turn north onto the AZ 288.
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The road is paved and I find it's time to test the coefficient of friction between the asphalt and TKC 80s.
The vultures circle overhead in anticipation...
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Up into the Sierra Anchas we go.
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One Last View of Four Peaks
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The road leads to cool pine forests.
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For some reason the north side of the mountains is not paved.
60 miles into this mornings ride I see the first humans walking near a campground.
70 miles into the ride I pass the first vehicle.
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PacificPT 09-18-2010 02:32 PM

Beautiful scenery, captured very well. Thanks for taking us along on your ride.


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