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Old 03-28-2010, 12:29 AM   #1
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Alone in the Arizona Desert

Come along with me...


...as I re-live four days of riding in Western Arizona on the first weekend of Spring 2010.



I know what you're thinking. Western Arizona?!? Isn't it dry?...





...Sandy?...


...Brown and Colorless?...






A loner in the desert alone takes time to smell the wildflowers (and shoot a few photos).

Let's hit the trail.
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:33 AM   #2
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Nice pics

Very good there. Are you still here? Where are you riding?
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:42 AM   #3
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Thanks for the Compliment!

I made it out alive. Someone had to live to tell the tale. This is a post-ride report from last weekend. I'm chillin' in South Lake Tahoe at the moment attempting to post this with slow Wi-Fi.
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:43 AM   #4
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wow so beautiful
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Old 03-28-2010, 01:13 AM   #5
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Day 1, Escaping Phoenix

I race home from work Friday afternoon and toss the last bit of supplies in the panniers.


I super-slab it out of town.


...andhead West on the 74.




Wildflowers and cacti line my path. It's a beautiful day for riding. (Aren't they all? )






Hello! Dave here again.


I continue to race along on Highway 60 through the farmland of the Aguila Valley.


I turn South from Salome onto the Harquahala Road.








As sunset nears, I find a scenic spot in the mountains along the desolate road and kill the engine. Not a lot of miles, but I plan to take it easy this trip.


I pull out the big camera and take a walk.








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Old 03-28-2010, 01:29 AM   #6
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End of Day 1



I'm making myself at home when I spot something behind a nearby pile of brush.


Hmmmm...


No sleepwalking tonight.






My dinner consists of Jet-Boiled Chunky Soup and Crackers.



I sleep under the stars and keep the fire going most of the night.


Tomorrow I explore KOFA.
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Old 04-02-2010, 02:21 PM   #7
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Thumb You're killin me!!

I'm looking out the window of my office in Northern Idaho at the snow/rain and dreamin of AZ. I was born and raised in Southern AZ - learned to ride there. You pix are excellent and brought back incredible memories of times in the desert; sunrises and sunsets. Thanks!!!!! I am planning a trip back to NM and AZ this summer and your pictures have really wet my appetite.

Thanks again for sharing your adventure. O how I wish I was a flat lander again.
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