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dave6253 09-17-2010 09:50 PM

All This, and I Never Left Arizona

Found a way to rid myself

Clean of the pain

and the fever that's been haunting me

has gone away

Looking through my window

I seem to recognize all the people passing by

But I'm alone and far from home

Nobody knows me

Never heard me say, "Goodbye"

Never shall I speak to anyone again

All days are in darkness and I'm biding my time

Once I am sure of my task I will rise again

Hours of Wealth lyrics by Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth

Hi! My name is Dave, and I'm an addict.

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.

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.

It's so nice to sit at a red light and enjoy the freeway art. I wonder how much that costs me?

I head out of the "Valley of the Sun" on the Beeline Highway, US 87. My destination for the evening comes into view.

I jump off the highway and head east on Four Peaks Road, aka Clines Cabin Road. Now this is more like it.:thumb

I've never ridden this road before.

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.

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.

To Be Continued...

BusyWeb 09-17-2010 11:09 PM


larryboy 09-17-2010 11:41 PM

Off to a roaring start, Dave!!!


quackPOT 09-18-2010 03:33 AM

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

AZ_ADV_RIDER 09-18-2010 09:58 AM

Can't wait for more! :lurk

dave6253 09-18-2010 10:08 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?

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.

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.

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.

And here, just outside of town is an awesome dirt road I've never ridden. Up, up, we go.

The penalty for sliding off this road is high.

Don't tip over here.

dave6253 09-18-2010 10:28 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.

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.

I was disappointed with the super clear skies as I was looking forward to a typically spectacular Arizona sunset.

I ate my dinner and waited for the stars to come out.

At 4200 feet it will be a mild night. I set up the tent to keep this guy and his friends out.

DUC54 09-18-2010 10:30 AM

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

Giddy Up!!!

dave6253 09-18-2010 10:41 AM

Day 1 Map

Day 2 Friday, September 10, 2010

I'm up at first light and nearly ready to roll at sunrise.

Breakfast is a protein meal replacement cereal bar.

Natures' Speed Reduction Device

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.

gypsyrr 09-18-2010 11:03 AM

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

dave6253 09-18-2010 11:49 AM

More of Day 2
The road tops out at a saddle around 5800'. There are even some pines up here.

The road chages names to El Oso Road down the east side.

The fun road follows the ridgeline and Lake Roosevelt reflects the blinding sun.

The road circles around the hilltop here.

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.

I cross the highway and take A Cross Road, which runs along the north side of the lake.

Four Peaks and Lake Roosevelt

On the far side of the valley you can see El Oso Road twisting down from the mountains.

dave6253 09-18-2010 11:58 AM

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 01:21 PM

A Cross Road
The views on A Cross Road...

are spectacular.

No water to cross today.

I found this wagon sitting alongside the road near a private ranch.

dave6253 09-18-2010 01:31 PM

Az 288
I turn north onto the AZ 288.

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...

Up into the Sierra Anchas we go.

One Last View of Four Peaks

The road leads to cool pine forests.

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.

PacificPT 09-18-2010 01:32 PM

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

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