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Old 11-27-2006, 09:43 PM   #1
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Thanksgiving, SE Arizona Style

Week Ride Summary:




Day 1: Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Converge on Bisbee/Naco: sandiegoland & ListMakerLisa (2UP), renojohn and snuffy.


Refueling in Yuma. There always seems to be room to squeeze in a bike.
This joker was still there blocking the pumps for cars 10 minutes later...



What really goes on in downtown Bisbee at night...


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Old 11-27-2006, 09:59 PM   #2
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Day 2: Thursday, November 23, 2006

Geronimo Trail (recommended by ontheborder) from Douglas, AZ to Animas, NM. Fuel up in Rodeo, AZ (five minutes before the only public pump closes for the day!), Pinery Canyon (NF-42) to Chirichahua National Monument, and then back to Bisbee.


Border Patrol outside Douglas, AZ



The culprits: renojohn, snuffy, sandiegoland's better half...ListMakerLisa!



View to the west from Historical Marker #7. The road is maintained, but not constantly. The road descending east had some minor erosion, but nothing slowing down after the first bottoming out didn't solve...



A few warnings... but nothing seen on this Thanksgiving.



snuffy referred to this lil' water crossing as "someone must have left the tap running last night"



snuffy collect insects...



renojohn. I love how this shot captures the tire cutting the water...



...and just a moment later!



renojohn takes a break at Massai Point, Chiricahua National Monument. Riding through the park by motorbike is phenominal. No better way to see the rocks towering overhead as you glide through the canyon.



snuffy taking a break to enjoy the fine sunset, and at this point wondering if we'll find any place open on the way back to eat dinner on Thankgiving!



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Old 11-28-2006, 05:51 AM   #3
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Great stuff. Nice to see another Strom off-road. I just did Box Canyon road yesterday morning on my Wee. Keep the pictures coming...

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Old 11-28-2006, 08:41 AM   #4
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Great stuff. Nice to see another Strom off-road. I just did Box Canyon road yesterday morning on my Wee. Keep the pictures coming...
I took near the same exact photo on Saturday!! Turned the ODO 28,000 miles on that road... but then I get ahead of myself...

...more to come!

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Old 11-28-2006, 09:00 AM   #5
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Very nice ride, pics and report
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Old 11-28-2006, 11:50 AM   #6
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Day 3: Friday, November 24, 2006


Plan: Ride Pomerine and Redington Roads, as recommended by flyingyogi. Meet up with him at noon in Tuscon to ride Mount Lemmon (both sides if possible).



We find this street sign in Tombstone amusing enough to stop for a snapshot.



Pomerine Road was a great run for the morning. But as we cut over to Redington Road we got pressed for time and had no chance to stop for photos, even as we briefly pause to let a string of boars cross the road before us. Redington Road was outstanding, but as we get within 5 miles of asphault on the west side, it became quite crowded with people out target shooting for the day.


It's a few minutes after 12:00PM before I can get a signal to call flyingyogi. He has already headed up to meet us and we see him shortly before we reach pavement. His brother-in-law Bill has joined us for the day and we all stop for a bite to eat and a refuel for us.


E. Mount Lemmon Highway is a well known motorcycle road. Beautiful sweepers. Fantastic views at Windy Point. What we weren't sure of was the condition of Mount Lemmon Road (dirt) down the northface.



After a quick tour of the top flyingyogi led us down to take a look at Mount Lemmon Road for ourselves.



Wait a sec... what's that Bill is riding behind flyingyogi?



Impossible. Not a dual-sport. Not on this road. You're going to make it look too easy...



Ooops! Afraid so. Guess we have to redefine...

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flyingyogi is your local friendly and helpful SSYSO representative!!



The crew take a break on the waydown - Bill, ListMakerLisa, and flyingyogi



Did Bill get briefed on where we were going? ....nope...



If there is going to be a SSYSO Calendar, then flyingyogi goes on the cover!!


On our way back down through Tucson we were treated to a mouth-watering meal of BBQ at one of flyingyogi's favorite stops. What a fantastic day!

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Old 11-28-2006, 12:03 PM   #7
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trouble at border

a friend and i were there about this time last year and were warned by the border patrol to very carefull in that area.looks like you guys had a good ride.
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:07 PM   #8
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Would have been a good place for a turkey sammich.

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Old 11-28-2006, 12:11 PM   #9
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Old 11-28-2006, 01:38 PM   #10
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Day 4: Saturday, November 25, 2006

Cut over to Patagonia for lunch (Velvet Elvis) via Greaterville (Box Canyon Road). Continue on ranch roads over Canelo Pass and then down SR-93 to Parker Canyon Lake.



Box Canyon Road looking back west towards Green Valley.



Box Canyon Road looking eastward (notifce the similarity to OnlyVees earlier post?)





Backlit trees in Box Canyon



What's this? 28,000 miles on the ODO?



A nice place to celebrate turning 28,000!!




Cactus along E. Greaterville Road



Velvet Elvis Pizza Company in Patagonia, AZ



Ein Kartoffel Pie eaten right Here!







An artsy-fartsy shot of our cool table at lunch...



A scene along Canelo Pass Road.

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Old 11-28-2006, 05:29 PM   #11
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Would have been a good place for a turkey sammich.

Mmmm, turkey sammich...

...hey at least it won't be hard to top next year's Thanksgiving meal!!

Nice b/w.
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Old 11-28-2006, 05:39 PM   #12
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What a great way to spend your Thanksgiving! Absolutely beautiful photo's!
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:27 PM   #13
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Thanks for the pics! I'm looking forward to visiting the area someday...
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Old 11-29-2006, 12:07 PM   #14
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Day 4: Sunday, November 26, 2006

Theme: Cold War / Sci-Fi




Titan Missile Launch Site #11



Ungated, unmarked, 60's era asphault job... suspicious??



Only evidence of nuclear history is the decaying pink prickly pear cactus...



An early morning run up Kitt Peak (Wikipedia) , the largest
collection of optical telescopes in the world!



The road running up to the peak is world class, but part way up I
realized we weren't tracking quite as evenly as I was expecting. I
dragged my boot down in a few places and kicked up a bunch of
fresh bituminous (gravel). We would have been fine I am sure, but
that knowledge was enough to get me to chill out a bit...



The solar telescope is mostly underground. A mirror at the top reflects the
sun down the 32 degree angled tunnel (same as the latitude of the
observatory), then back up to a lab about halfway up.



A big radio telescope too!!



I-8 on Sunday looked jammed (all the toy-haulers heading home) so
we decided to finish off our day at the Space Age Lodge in Gila Bend.
Between a soak in the Jacuzzi and dinner, we managed to catch a
good bit of the "Back to the Future" marathon on the Sci-Fi channel.
Too funny!



I made my own salad.


Hmmmm, Diner Food!!


I have simple tastes for dessert...


Mural in the Restaurant:

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