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Old 05-05-2011, 01:49 PM   #16
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Got up early, started packing, said goodbye to three of my riding partners and headed north on 180 with one other rider. We stopped for a quick breakfast in Reserve, then he took off east at Apache Junction and I went north towards my camping destination of Chaco Canyon which was still a few hundred miles off.

Saying goodbye to my new friend.



They don't seem to care much for wolves in Apache Junction, claim the wolves are eating the elk, but seems like a good idea to me since there are so many deer and elk on the roads around here.






Heading north on a windy day

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Old 05-05-2011, 02:23 PM   #17
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When I say windy I mean howling wind for most of the day and into the night. From Quemado to Grants I was dodging tumbleweeds one after another and there were these massive dust storms I was riding through.
I got a quick bite to eat in Grants, more gas, and another bottle of water because I was taking the back road into Chaco Canyon and did not know how that was going to work out.

About sixty five miles north of Grants you take a left at White Horse until you come to this sign and a dirt road leading into Chaco Canyon for twenty miles. I was a little worried about my tires since they are full street as you can see, but it was going to save me a few hours so I went for it, plus I had the extra quart of water in case I ended up walking.


After five miles of riding over rough dirt road, mounds of sandstone I saw a motorcycle headlight coming towards me in the distance and thought it must be an adventure/offroad bike. When I got closer it turned out to be a full on Harley with a cool guy named Nick from Arkansas. We stopped to talk for bit, he was wondering where the next food stop was since Chaco Canyon only has water and he had not eaten since breakfast.
We took shots of each other then went our separate ways.

Thanks for putting a smile on my face NickHope you don't really need new paint after all that blowing sand









I got to Chaco Canyon after two hundred twenty miles on the road with the wind still blowing but starting to howl. Got the tent set up, crawled inside ,took some pics, and called it a day.

Wind blowing a quality Mountain Hardware tent over.



Me in the tent with fine sand sifting in through the mosquito net.



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Old 05-05-2011, 03:23 PM   #18
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By morning the wind had calmed so I ate my leftover Subway sandwich for breakfast outside then went for a hike. Think the bike had a better breakfast today.

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Old 05-05-2011, 03:42 PM   #19
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After the hike I moved camp to a nicer spot and waited for my girlfriend to show up. She arrived mid morning with supplies for a few days, a bigger tent, my hiking gear, and some good company.

Living high on the hog in Chaco Canyon



She brought the good stuff



After dinner and refreshments I tried some time-lapse photography.





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Old 05-05-2011, 03:54 PM   #20
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Nothing says adventure better than a sign that says
"Travel at your own risk"
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:06 AM   #21
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For a few days we hiked around Chaco Canyon visiting the ruins, it's nice to get off the beaten path here to the more remote sites away from the tour vans.
Most of these ruins were built 850AD-1200AD.

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Old 05-06-2011, 07:14 AM   #22
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Frosted pretty hard the morning we left



Funny sign in the middle of nowhere down a dirt road.






Made it home in a clearing storm with the sun coming out six days later and about 1,300. miles

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Old 05-06-2011, 08:12 AM   #23
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AWESOME!! Chaco Canyon is on my bucket list!!

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Old 05-06-2011, 08:31 AM   #24
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I really enjoyed yor pictures. Nice little trip you had minus the sand. Did you take the time elapse photos with a SLR or digital? Maybe, something I've never heard of?

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Old 05-06-2011, 12:17 PM   #25
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Great pics - what a sweet place to ride!
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Old 05-06-2011, 03:47 PM   #26
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Excellent - I lived in Taos for 3 years back when . . . that's beautiful country, nice shots
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Old 05-07-2011, 06:57 AM   #27
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I really enjoyed yor pictures. Nice little trip you had minus the sand. Did you take the time elapse photos with a SLR or digital? Maybe, something I've never heard of?

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Both are right, it's a digital SLR Canon 30D. You set the camera on Bulb and a shutter release cord will let you expose for as long as want. I have this little gadget which hooks to the camera that you can program to take expose for up to 99 hours and also auto expose more shots after the first. the opening shot in this report is a 45 minute exposure at F5.6, shot of me in ruins is six minutes, and the bike is eight minutes.

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