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Old 01-24-2013, 05:39 PM   #616
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In. Is there a place we'll meet for the ride to Breakfast? Darold
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:58 PM   #617
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We can meet at Tags Cafe in Coolidge or if Queen Creek is on the way I can PM my home address if anyone wants to meet here. Just let me know.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:16 PM   #618
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We can meet at Tags Cafe in Coolidge or if Queen Creek is on the way I can PM my home address if anyone wants to meet here. Just let me know.
Where is the ride is this big bike frienndly?
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:37 PM   #619
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Have you checked the weather for this Saturday?
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:43 PM   #620
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This is definitely big bike friendly, as Paul said We normally have breakfast at Tag's diner in Coolidge at about 8 or 8:30 am then ride the back roads through the town of Picacho, AZ. We follow the frontage road to the Red Rock exit for I-10. Follow Red rock until it turns into Sasco Road. The ruins are nothing all that awesome due to vandals, but it is a nice dirt road ride all the way around to the SilverBell mine and then back out to Marana road. Again nothing super spectacular but some nice desert scenery and not so horrible dirt roads that are more road than trails. Of course there are plenty of side trails and other ways to go.


We can also take the Florence Kelvin Highway to Barkerville Rd from Coolidge if we wanted to add some more easy dirt.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:44 PM   #621
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This is definitely big bike friendly, as Paul said We normally have breakfast at Tag's diner in Coolidge at about 8 or 8:30 am then ride the back roads through the town of Picacho, AZ. We follow the frontage road to the Red Rock exit for I-10. Follow Red rock until it turns into Sasco Road. The ruins are nothing all that awesome due to vandals, but it is a nice dirt road ride all the way around to the SilverBell mine and then back out to Marana road. Again nothing super spectacular but some nice desert scenery and not so horrible dirt roads that are more road than trails. Of course there are plenty of side trails and other ways to go.


We can also take the Florence Kelvin Highway to Barkerville Rd from Coolidge if we wanted to add some more easy dirt.
Sounds like a good riding group i will follow and come to some of these rides
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:02 PM   #622
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I just want to remind everyone that this ride is next weekend on 2/2
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:48 PM   #623
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Thanks for letting me in on this guys. This sounds like a fun time for 2/2 meet at the diner and then for a good ride. I am happy to follow the path you guys choose I am easy going and will be glad to just get out and ride and meet you all. IBR I thanks for the input on fuel not being much of an issue. I am real conservative and always over prepared.
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:59 PM   #624
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Hey guys, I live down in AZ city and would like to hook with you all for this ride. I know that area pretty well and may be able to help with other routs. I've been doing mostly big bike rides, But picked up a new WR250R a few weeks ago and would love to get out with some other riders. Wade
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:53 PM   #625
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Nochain and WJP4, I'm glad you guys want to go and I am looking forward to this ride next Saturday. It will be cool to see some new faces along with the regulars.

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Old 01-25-2013, 05:20 PM   #626
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Thanks Bill, Look Foreward to meeting every one on 2/2 sure we'll have a great day.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:44 PM   #627
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Sorry I for got include you as well in my last post. Please join us if you can make it.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:47 PM   #628
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That little river can get interesting that runs through there.

Also, I was looking at the map. There is a pipeline road that intersects with Sasco before the mine. I was thinking...
After Loren goes mining maybe we could take that pipeline road north and connect up to Sunland Gin road. It could be a really cool ride?
Just a heads up... A few of us were down there in Oct with no recent rains and that "little river" (Santa Cruz) crossing was about 24" deep, and there were loose rocks in the center that you couldn't see. I made it through but got both boots full!

After seeing me flounder around in there, the rest of the group opted out, so we went south and circled the air park (museum?) and came in from the other side, via silver bell rd, which was fine. The road continuing on toward Silver Bell mine was closed at that time (W of Sasco at the intersection of sasco and silver bell rd).

Also, we planned to go out via that road that comes from behind Picacho peak (starts out as sunland gin I think) but it had a deep quagmire that forced us to go back around the long way we had come from which made gas supply interesting.

Things may have changed again since then, but with all this rain...have fun and let us know what you find!
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:27 PM   #629
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All,

I agree with Paul and want to have a easy ride. I'm not quite sure if what Steve mentions that Sasco Rd from I10 will be OK or not. If not I guess we need to come up with a plan B or push the ride out until 2/9

If possible lets try to keep it around the same general area so everyone that was intrested will not have to add a lot of extral miles. We could do Cochran instead as that is pretty mello.

So let's hear from everyone as to what we should do. Either push it out another week or modify the route.


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Old 01-28-2013, 09:01 AM   #630
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Hey Guys, Yes AZRedline is correct that little river crossing has been running deep all winter. There is a back road behind Picacho that brings you out at the feed yard behind Red Rock. We could go down and check out the River, If it's to deep then go out to the access Rd. and down to Marana. It's 10 miles. Then you can get fuel and go to the ruins,and back without crossing the river.There is a back RD. from Marana ( Dirt ) That's goes to Mule Deer Rd. That takes you to Park Link Dr. Then could go up to Freeman Rd. to Willow springs and whatever else. I'm not much of a ride leader cause everyone passes me and that makes leading difficult. But would be more than willing to help out if you still want to ride that area.
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