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Old 01-13-2013, 08:48 AM   #31
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Queen valley is east of gold canyon no where near queen creek, it's really nice in the spring. Lots of water and wildflowers.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:16 AM   #32
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Nice RR. Lots of wide open country.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:19 AM   #33
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Nice! I'm jealous
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:14 PM   #34
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Thanks for the great report!
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:05 AM   #35
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Cool report - grew up in Tucson and visited Araviapa Canyon many times with my parents. We've back packed the length of it from both directions. An oasis-like place in the summer.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:48 PM   #36
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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   #37
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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 01-26-2013, 09:44 AM   #38
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I have done a couple of rides since my last posting in this thread
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...ostcount=13420
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:13 AM   #39
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As soon as I intersect with the ridge route, I am treated to a great view of the canyon below this route.











As I exit the Mesa and enter the Foothills the texture of the tread changes also.







Ride shoot, ride shoot, I always forget how scenic this route is.











I have camped at this site many times over the years.











Pictures do not show how brilliant the color really is!
















Back on route I am almost to the high elevation point (4,631') of this ride.

















A hearty fellows at this elevation, and the only ones around.




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Old 01-26-2013, 11:10 AM   #40
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I recently purchased a 03 DR650 and love it. Most of my riding is in CA desert. Have done a few mods. for desert riding. I love the bike. Planning a Cont. Divide trip. Cant wait. I enjoyed your thread. Thanks
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:16 PM   #41
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Thanks for all the comments.







Heading down into Cherry Spring canyon.
















Wildcat peak?




















Nearing Soza Mesa I stoped at the Hotsprings canyon overlook.







Excellent view of the country I rode last weekend in the Winchester foothills.
Bald Ridge, Reiley peak, Javelina and Muskhog Mountain.
To get from here to there involves a lot of miles.






Looking back I think this is the best pic of the day, the Galiuro high peaks.





Another great ride in the San Pedro Valley!







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Old 01-26-2013, 02:56 PM   #42
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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.



I know just how that Saguaro on the left feels!
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:25 AM   #43
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Super report! I'm dreaming about riding AZ someday!

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Old 01-29-2013, 03:50 PM   #44
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Nice pics and report!
I was down there a couple of years ago and it looked like lots of potential, except I was in a car.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:32 AM   #45
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Two weeks without a ride!
I slipped out a little after noon today for an eighty one mile loop.
















First deviation.
















Back on the main road for a few miles to the second deviation.











The veiws are great from the top of the hill. The mighty Rincon peak. The " Waterfall " is in the center of this shot.











Looking over the San pedro valley to the Galiuro range and the high summits of the Pinelano mountains (10,700+ elv.)






I did not take any pics as I rolled down and thru the riparian area, it was a little busy with hikers and hunters. Once I was out of Paige creek I saw no one for many miles.























































Over the pass, the valley opens up.



















A casual cruise down the mountain side took me to this little canyon.

















What is this?







Killer Bees wax!



















Down at river level I rolled upstream to complete the loop.





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