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Old 03-13-2009, 07:40 PM   #46
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:15 PM   #47
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Ajo Mountain Drive


















I fly the KTM overhead to get this view...




I head out on the remaining 6 miles of Puerto Blanco Road not yet closed. This used to be a 37 mile one-way loop, but because of the proximity to the border on the southern section it has been mostly closed...


This road is wider and the wash crossings are paved. It is fun, but not as scenic as Ajo Mountain Drive.




Dammit! This is all of the dirt roads left open here.




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Old 03-13-2009, 08:41 PM   #48
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End of the World...

I would love for this ride to continue. The Camino del Diablo looks adventurous, but apparently they won't issue permits for bikes to cross this very remote road. One lucky rider somehow got a permit and posted a few pics here; http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=Camino+Diablo I doubt I would be up to 127 miles of deep sand and bull dust though. Oh... and I have to be at work tomorrow.

I must make tracks back to Phoenix.


I had never been through Ajo before. I found a quaint town square and some nice old churches.








The shadows lengthen...


This shot was taken at about 80 mph.


Day 2 Stats


Made it! What an awesome two days. Until next time.


In case you wanted to see some of the same places.

Day 1


The Entire Loop


Redington and Cascabel Roads


Montezuma Pass


Lochiel & Duquesne Roads aka The Mexican Border Road


My Favorite! Ruby Road


Kitt Peak


The Only Open Roads in Organ Pipe National Monument


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Old 03-14-2009, 04:57 AM   #49
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I had never been through Ajo before. I found a quaint town square and some nice old churches.




hey the pine tree is gone.......
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Old 03-14-2009, 02:28 PM   #50
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:58 AM   #51
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Old 03-19-2009, 01:50 PM   #52
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How did you get the pics looking forward of the moving front wheel
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:13 PM   #53
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Rashnak,

Sorry for the delayed response. I've been out skiing and snowboarding.

I have my camera attached to the tankbag with a retractable lanyard (Gearkeeper). I manipulate the camera and shoot all of the moving photos with my left hand. (This is easier if you tape some of the controls to avoid moving them out of position.) To get the shot of the front wheel I simply hold the camera down low and snap away. I've found the best shots are captured during a lean and with the camera as close to the road as possible.

My Utah RR has some of my best front wheel shots.

Disclaimer; Of course, don't attempt shooting on the move if you are not comfortable dividing your attention while riding, or controlling the bike with one hand. Practice manipulating the camera with one hand while seated on the bike before doing it while moving, and be prepared to drop the camera to respond to traffic.
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:04 AM   #55
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Rashnak,

Sorry for the delayed response. I've been out skiing and snowboarding.

I have my camera attached to the tankbag with a retractable lanyard (Gearkeeper). I manipulate the camera and shoot all of the moving photos with my left hand. (This is easier if you tape some of the controls to avoid moving them out of position.) To get the shot of the front wheel I simply hold the camera down low and snap away. I've found the best shots are captured during a lean and with the camera as close to the road as possible.

My Utah RR has some of my best front wheel shots.

Disclaimer; Of course, don't attempt shooting on the move if you are not comfortable dividing your attention while riding, or controlling the bike with one hand. Practice manipulating the camera with one hand while seated on the bike before doing it while moving, and be prepared to drop the camera to respond to traffic.
very cool- I will try that- nice pics- looks like fun- thx for sharing
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:30 AM   #56
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thanks so much for laying the route out in google maps. big help.

anybody down to ride this route in may??
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:02 PM   #57
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Thank you. I really enjoyed this RR a lot. I got a little look at that area (Tombstone to Douglas) about nine years ago and it reminded me I have to get back for more.

Great job on the maps and details.
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:27 PM   #58
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Oooohh. I wonder if I can get a weekend to do this exact route before it gets too hot. Are roads near the border clearly marked? Is there any chance of accidentally riding into Mexico? I'd definitely have a sidearm along for such a trip and would not want to end up on the wrong side of the border that way.
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:43 PM   #59
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This is one of the better ride reports for sure. Thanks for taking us all along!

Bookmarked...
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Oooohh. I wonder if I can get a weekend to do this exact route before it gets too hot. Are roads near the border clearly marked? Is there any chance of accidentally riding into Mexico? I'd definitely have a sidearm along for such a trip and would not want to end up on the wrong side of the border that way.
The roads I was riding were clearly marked. I paid attention to the gps just to make sure I didn't cross into Mexico, but unless you get on some of the smaller trails I don't think that would be likely. There were plenty of smaller trails off the main road, but it was always clear which way was the continuation of the main road.

The Border Patrol Officer I spoke with on Ruby Road advised me I was likely to see a group of crossers, but I didn't. Then again, I was usually concentrating hard on the road...
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