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Old 03-11-2009, 11:21 PM   #16
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thx

headed down that way next month with friend from rio verde......good preview and research....Bruce
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Old 03-11-2009, 11:41 PM   #17
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Ruby Road















Border Patrol was the only traffic. The overnight rain kept the dust down. There was no mud or water in the wash crossings as I had feared.







Courtesy of the U.S. Border Patrol.



The Border Patrol Officers were nice to chat with. One saw me shooting photos and stopped to ask if I wanted one with me in it. Not really, but sure...

I remarked about the beautiful country he was lucky to work in. He pointed out, "Yeah sure, but when we get to chasing a group look how rough it is". Good point! Maybe that's why all the Officers I saw in this sector were very young. I surmised the senior agents are the one who get assigned to the deserts with ATVs.



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Old 03-12-2009, 12:21 AM   #18
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awesome ride man. Im going to be in AZ in may for a month. Im really interested in doing this ride. Would you mind posting the route on google maps or something? Where can i get maps of the dirt roads in the area. Im going to be staying in mesa, so id be heading out from there.
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:43 AM   #19
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Nice ride and report with great photos.
BTW, the DS-ers you saw blasting up Redington as you were going down posted photos here:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=440617


SAFTYFIFTH - check out gpsfiledepot to download a FREE digital topo map of Arizona. It's a good one with all the dirt roads on it. Plus you can load it on your GPS SD card.

USGS paper maps can also be had from Summit Hut. Those also show all the dirt roads and trails. Plus the Coronado National Forest Map shows the roads detailed in this ride report.
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:48 AM   #20
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Beautiful country...brings back memories! I'm still riding amongst snow here...

Next time take a look at Kitt Peak (S of Tucson ; nice ride up, often snow at the top ; 26 astronomical observatories ; in the middle of an Indian reservation).

Also, if memory serves me correctly when you are in San Manuel you can go up the back side of the mountain (Mt Lemmon) on gravel roads and at the top take asphalt down into east Tucson. Also a nice ride!
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:06 AM   #21
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Very nice!!!

We are still looking at snow and below zero temps here in 'da UP of Michigan!
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:15 AM   #22
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Nice report, great pictures, it looks like you are enjoying the new bike, thanks for sharing and ride safe.

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Old 03-12-2009, 09:51 AM   #23
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great report and pics. my brother lives in phoenix... he and i are considering parts of your ride. thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:40 AM   #24
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Man, those are the roads I ride every weekend!

Great pics -- like someone else said, great to see it from someone else's perspective.

Next time you're down this way hit me up! I'll show you some fun little side routes.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:52 AM   #25
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Nice ride!! Those looked like some great roads. Arizona is on my list to revisit.

This is the last picture I would have expected to see after reading through your reportl

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Old 03-12-2009, 02:05 PM   #26
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nice write up

There are many more dirt roads south of Tucson throughout the area you rode. If you make it back before it gets too hot, pm me and I'll send you some tracks, maybe join you. Looks like you had a great ride. Oh yeah, ASU sucks!

See you on the trail
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Old 03-12-2009, 02:28 PM   #27
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I was in one of the packs of riders you saw on redington rd. It is cool to read your report as I was wondering where you might be headed as we crossed paths. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-12-2009, 02:49 PM   #28
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very nice. it hailed in northern arizona today, so you are right to head south; looking forward to following in your tracks sometime soon.
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:47 PM   #29
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good ride

There was speculation from our group that you might be one of our locals that got a new KTM.
I have to say I am glad it was someone coming from further away to enjoy the area!

I also felt bad you had to run through such a spread out dust cloud from us on Reddington...
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:04 PM   #30
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Thanks for all the nice responses. I'm glad you are enjoying it.


HutchCab & ravenranger,
I figured you guys were a Tucson group, but we passed each other too fast for me to see any ADV stickers through the dust! How cool you found me here. I checked out your pics. Looks like you guys had fun as well. I need to check out the back way up MT Lemmon and Redington RD through Tanque Verde. Thanks for the links for maps!

ztrab,
Yes, I agree. ASU Sucks! (but so does UofA)

AZ-Twin & MaloryII,
You guys are lucky! Sierra Vista is perfectly located for riding!

Kanhulk13,
Maybe I did ride Kitt Peak... (Stay Tuned)

SAFETYFIFTH,
I will post maps of my route soon. I usually use Benchmark Maps Road and Recreation Atlas's to plan routes. I also check out Google Maps and will check out the links supplied by ravenranger in the future.

NightStalker,
I need a lot more practice before I dare try following along on your carnage-filled rides... (someday)

gypsyrr,
I loved your last RR! I hope you bring your camera skillz to Arizona soon!
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