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Old 03-12-2009, 08:07 PM   #31
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I also felt bad you had to run through such a spread out dust cloud from us on Reddington...
Funny, I was feeling the same way about the dust I was kicking up. Monday was dust-free after the overnight rains, but I didn't see anyone else out in the dirt that day.
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:30 PM   #32
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Ruby Road to Kitt Peak

My first "water crossing" on the new bike. Pathethic, huh?


I stopped at Oro Blanco Wash for a break and to remove layers.


Cars Suck!


The road turns to asphalt near Arivaca Lake. It continues to be twisty and fun though. Ruby Road was the most twisty of any road on this trip.


On Arivaca Road. I've always intended to ride this road, but have never made it down here before now.


The peak here absolutely refused to come out in the sun.






Looking back over the valley to the rough country I just left.


Kitt Peak with a ton of observatories on top.


This is another road I haven't ridden in about 7-8 years.






A Border Patrol Checkpoint Ahead






Up we go. This is gonna be a blast!
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:57 PM   #33
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Looks like we have covered some of the same tracks!

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Old 03-12-2009, 09:06 PM   #34
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Kitt Peak













It was cool and very windy on the top. I walked around a little, but didn;t spent much time here. There are tours you can take and several public telescopes you can enter. I was anxious to get on with the ride. I was starving, but there was no food here.


I did fly up here to get this aerial view of the complex for you.


















Since I had stopped for all the pics on the way up I plugged in the MP3 player and enjoyed the wonderful ride down. The soundtrack was provided by Riverside and Dream Theater.

My other bike is a sport-tourer, but damn this Big KTM with knobbies still rocks in the curves.
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:09 PM   #35
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Looks like we have covered some of the same tracks!

Indeed we have in more ways than one. I see your avatar is the Screaming Eagle! I also served in the 101st Airborne. Airborne, Air Assault, Combat Infantryman, Jungle Expert dittos!

Nice SE!
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:13 PM   #36
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those are some nice roads.. you got to visit motorcycling heaven!

How far apart were your fuel stops on this route?
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:30 PM   #37
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Cool2 I can't avoid the desert forever.



Miles and Miles and Miles of Saguaro Cacti Forests!




These guys come to the fence to watch their orange cousin roar past.












This is what I was looking for!






A one-way loop on a Monday afternoon with very few tourists, no oncoming traffic, and no speed enforcement.


Holy Crap! That's a lot of cacti!


I don't think I had ever seen Organ Pipe Cacti before.








The long uphill and all of the wash crossings were paved to make to the road tourist-friendly, but it was still fun.


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Old 03-12-2009, 09:36 PM   #38
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How far apart were your fuel stops on this route?
You can find gas within 100 miles just about anywhere in Arizona, unless you spend time doing circles in the same area, or intentionally avoid towns. I didn't even use reserve on this trip.
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:40 PM   #39
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Indeed we have in more ways than one. I see your avatar is the Screaming Eagle! I also served in the 101st Airborne. Airborne, Air Assault, Combat Infantryman, Jungle Expert dittos!

Nice SE!
Always good to hear from a 101st brother! That was my first SE, like an idiot I sold it. I’m fixing that mistake tomorrow, picking up a new one!


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Old 03-12-2009, 10:45 PM   #40
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I'm so ready to head your way. Southern Arizona looks like a great place to ride, as long as it's not in the middle of summer. Thanks for sharing your ride with us and for including some great pictures.
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:12 AM   #41
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that looks like a blast!! I know its kinda early but would anybody want to get a overnight ride together, some time in May? Like i said, ill be in the Mesa area pretty much the entire month of may. Ive got plans at the beginning and end of the month but besides that im free.
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Old 03-13-2009, 06:08 PM   #42
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:09 PM   #43
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Great roads, great photo's which make a great report!

Thanks!
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:39 PM   #44
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Dave...I lived in Tucson for 15 yrs. I spent a good deal of time in this part of the state especially Kitt Peak,Ajo, Sahuarita,Tubac,Patagonia,Oracle Superior,Winkleman etc so your pics are quite stunning and rereshing old memories.I wont need a map to find these places...I never did in the first place...a return is now imminent. I am thoroughly enjoying your fine RR!
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:36 PM   #45
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Wow what a beautiful part of the country! I must put it on my list! I'd love to ride there in the late winter. Being in Austin, TX it would be the perfect destination on the way through West TX.
Your photos are fantastic, I really like the perspective from the crash guards as your riding.
Very enjoyable!
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