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Old 01-04-2013, 11:14 AM   #1
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Eastern Arizona Mountains, Valleys, and Rivers.

After a full summer of negotiating the purchase of this 2001 DR650, it was finally mine on Dec. 9.





I have big plans for this thing. A couple of rides after arriving in Az. I have an opportunity to load up my gear and hit the desert for a few days, I rolled out before noon.





Less than 5 miles and the fun begins.





One of the objectives of this ride was to see just what the DR is all about.





A little noisy as I enter Dragoon.





A little pavement to Manzora road, then I got to race the train for several miles. I had to let him go so I could cross the tracks just before pulling into Cochise AZ.









Shortly I was on the Wilcox flats.





The sign tells it all.





I fuel up and head for the Page ranch road. Having a nice cruise in the foothills of the Dos Cabeza range, I came to a gate and private property, I turned back to hit the hiway.






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Old 01-04-2013, 11:56 AM   #2
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After getting to Bowie AZ. I wanted to check my paper map but it was gone, must have flew out of the tank bag pocket. This is going to be even more interesting without an overview of the country I want to travel. The GPS is a pain in the ass to get an overall look with detail, but it will have to do.
Some of this I have been on and some not, so I head out to Fan road, pass Haekel road that heads to the Hot well dunes, then determine that I have made it to Hackberry road. Many miles of fine sand thru the Whitlock valley was quit fun.




Going off of the mental image of my map, I made it to hiway 70, head west for a mile or so, go thru a gate and down a rocky double track to find a spot for the night.









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Old 01-04-2013, 12:03 PM   #3
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NICE!!! I am a huge fan of E A!
Looking fwd to this thread growing!!!
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:33 PM   #4
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After a very quite night, the sun warmed things up quickly. On my way in last evening I noticed a set of ruins.
















Looking at the map after the fact, I determined I was in Slickrock Basin. Could these be old wagon ruts?









The hills are made of rugged volcanic rock.





Routes are decent so far.









Slickrock tank was full. And a nice Stone masonry line cabin.









At this point I was following my nose up and down the track when I hit a t-junction. In front of me was an old paved road, nice curves and decent asphault most of the time, most of the culverts were gone where the washes cross, but I crossed one nice concrete bridge.


















Once I figured it out that I was on Old Hiway 70, and knew where I was going to come out on 191, I stopped and had more coffee and a snack.





While resting in the bright sunshine I noticed something under the rock upon I sat.




Funny I found a geocahe, what are the odds.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:32 PM   #5
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Looks like a nice ride.

I haven't spent much time in that area yet, but it's on my list. Hopefully I can find some of those roads your running.

What do you think of the DR so far?
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:53 PM   #6
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What do you think of the DR so far?
I really like it!
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:47 PM   #7
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love the shots with the snow on the mountains in the background!

and the stone cabin.

thanks for sharing. are you going on the phx meets tucson ride next weekend?
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:51 AM   #8
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are you going on the phx meets tucson ride next weekend?

No.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:13 AM   #9
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I rode out the remaining piece to 191, crossed and continued on to the Bonita road. At the junction I headed up river, the paved road I was on ended at a diversion lock and dike.





















I backpedaled about a mile turned NE and climbed up out of the river bottom into the hills.












The road was nice for a few miles, then slowly started to break down.







The road ended at a very nice campsite under a Mesquite canopy on the Gila river.





I rolled out of there back towards San Jose, Then onto re supply in Safford Az.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:08 AM   #10
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I did not mess around. After 26 hours of solo desert travel, the culture shock hit a bit. I moved up towards Thatcher, then onto one of my favorite areas in Arizona!





High speed dirt put me up in the oaks and that crap.





That is Table Mnt. and Little table Mnt. Rug road goes right in between the two. (The Saddle )





The Santa Therasa Mountains







It was much warmer in the valley.





The Aravaipa valley and canyon are spectacular any season of the year, in winter with no leaves on the trees you can see a lot more of the canyon walls and rim.





The Chimeny.




My next concern was the water depth, the first two crossings told me I would have little trouble keeping my gear and feet dry. One of the more scenic crossings.











When I arrived at the mouth of Turkey creek it looked a little messy.




I still had enough sun in the canyon for photos and to set camp, but I knew how cold it would be.





Plus there would be no sunshine until late morning, I knew that left only one option. The climb up the first set of switchbacks out of Turkey onto Rug road.













Damn, that was exciting. I pulled up to the bench above Oak Grove canyon and call it home, with a lot of nice sunshine and a 360 view.







Time to set camp and relax in the warmth.
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No.
Ok. I guess I won't meet you there, then.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:48 PM   #12
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Nice report and photos!

I'm guessing the very first photo with the snow was in Colorado... Are there parts that you can ride all year? How cold was it out in the desert? I'd love to ride Arizona some day, just not in the summer!

Love the bike, I might get one some day. It looks way more comfortable than my DRZ400!
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:17 AM   #13
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With the imminent 100% chance of precipe for Sat. I took advantage of the cloud cover Fri. and rolled downstream for the afternoon.






I dropped a tooth on the front sprocket, this route would let me test it under most of the terrain type I intend to use this bike for.






Right into the sand and Saguaro.











I rode up a side road for a view and pics.
Rincons






Santa Catalinas






The Galiuros











On my way back down to the wash I see a healthy Crested specimen.






I rode up the canyon a few miles and see another farther off in the distance, it, not so healthy, but look at the life cycle stages in this picture.





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Old 01-05-2013, 08:19 AM   #14
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Already impressed. But what will really impress me is a pic of the waterfall/swimming hole at the top of Geronimo's hideout. Man every time I got off the road out there. I got a flat. Centuries of cactus needles on the desert floor. Nice pics. You rode out to the rattlesnake ranch too? It's between Tombstone and Bisbee, out by Gleeson. Nice pics.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:29 AM   #15
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Yea, if its the place where every thing they sell is made out of or has some Rattlesnake in it. I am thinking it was 22- 23 years ago.
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