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Old 11-21-2009, 07:26 AM   #106
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Camp Rucker was our standard Boy Scout campground growing up. (+/-30 years ago) Love to see if I remember anything
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:51 AM   #107
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Send him over to the Tucson Bulletin Board - there are rides all the time and several folks in Sierra Vista.
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Old 11-21-2009, 08:22 PM   #108
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"The Land of Standing Up Rocks"



It was 9:30 PM when I pulled into the quiet campground in the Chiricahua National Monument last night. I was tired and cold. The campground was nearly empty. I found a site away from the other campers and set up quickly. I was awakened sometime in the night by the sounds of some animal sniffing, snorting, and grunting. I have no idea what it was, but I quickly fell back asleep. I figured there was no reason to worry until the tent starts collapsing...




My breakfast was Oatmeal and Grapes.


The ride up to Massai Point has spectacular scenery.




Massai Point, Monday Morning




This must be why the Chiricahua Apaches called this place "The Land of Standing Up Rocks".
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Old 11-21-2009, 08:43 PM   #109
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Thumb Pinery Canyon Road



The ride down into Bonita Canyon was just as scenic as going up.




I exit the National Monument and hang a left onto Pinery Canyon Road.


Onion Saddle


Down the East Side






I had just slowed to gawk at the scenery when I rounded a hairpin and saw a bright green forest service truck heading directly at me...


I see the driver swerve the truck to his 3/4 of the road. I swerve to the right edge and brake. I'm thinking the driver would also brake, but I don't think he ever let off the accelerator. He blasted by me much too close for comfort. Whew!


The Cave Creek Recreation Area was stunning!














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Old 11-21-2009, 08:59 PM   #110
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:23 PM   #111
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:50 AM   #112
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Looks like you've talked me into heading that way also. The wife and I plan on leaving the midwest the 1st of Jan and heading to southern AZ. We'll drag the bikes off the camper (XR650 & XT225) and do day trips out of the campgrounds in the area. Looks like a great way to burn up a winter month... If your in the area in Jan look for a couple of old flatlanders on dirt bikes, (we'll probably be lost) Thanks for the info.
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Old 11-22-2009, 08:46 AM   #113
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You will have a blast Yellowmike! The campground in the National Monument is okay, but I would recommend the Cave Creek Recreation Area, or if you like secluded then I would recommend the campground at end of the road in Rucker Canyon. There are also nice clearings in the National Forest on Pinery Canyon Road if you want to stay away from the campgrounds.
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:01 AM   #114
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Bagging New Mexico



I leave the mountains for the desert of New Mexico. Other than about 1 mile of the highway at Four Corners I've never ridden in New Mexico. I won't be here long this time either though.


I was becoming worried about fuel. If the tiny town of Rodeo NM doesn't have gas I will be pushing my range to the limits and will likely have to shortcut my planned route. I found the only gas in Rodeo at this place.


Only 86 octane, but I still have almost half a tank of 92, so the bike ran well on the blend.




The Geromino Surrender Monument Near Apache, Arizona




The actual surrender site is in Skeleton Canyon down this dirt road. It was gated and locked. Booo!


On to Rucker Canyon!
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:35 AM   #115
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Let's Talk Navigation



The Sign Says Rucker Canyon RD. This is where you should turn.

Why do I say this?

My Garmin 60CSx with US TOPO 2008 shows this road as Tex Canyon Road.

My favorite printed map, Benchmark Maps Road and Recreation Guide shows the east side as Tex Canyon RD.

Google Maps show the east 1/2 as Tex Canyon Road and the extension and west side as Rucker Canyon RD.

Bing Maps show the east side as Price Canyon Road. This is the biggest error since Price Canyon Road is a dead end only 4 miles north of this turn off.

I checked the signs at every intersection. They all say Rucker Canyon Road. I never saw anything that said Tex Canyon. It is Forest Service Road 74 and 74E for the 6 mile dead end extension into Rucker Canyon.

Navigation wasn't difficult as long as you don't turn down Price Canyon RD. Confused yet?
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:55 AM   #116
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Rucker Canyon Road



There was marble like gravel on the east side.



Ever notice how bears always choose the best real estate?


Happy I found gas. I would have hated to miss the Rucker Canyon Extension.


I thought the road ended at a lake. It ended in a campground. The lake was further down the trail with a hike required. The creek had almost no water in it. This road could have some really deep water crossings. I splashed through only one area of puddles this time of the year.

Shortly after entering Rucker Canyon there was a small brown furry animal on the road. I thought it was a bear cub and began slowing and scanning for mama bear. As the animal scurried away I noticed a long tail. That's no bear!? It then turned to run off the road and I saw the face. Long pointy nose and rings on the face. A Ringtail Cat! The first I've seen in the wild.

I hadn't seen another person or even a parked vehicle since the highway. I had the whole place to myself. I had a nice lunch in the campground.










I kicked up some dust and made my way out to the highway.


A two person road crew near the highway were the only humans spotted in the last couple hours.


I made it back to the highway and blasted past the turnoff to the Chiricahua National Monument. I've come nearly full circle today, but I have more to see.
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Old 11-22-2009, 02:28 PM   #117
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Fort Bowie National Historic Site



8 Miles through Apache Pass to...


Still a problem this far north?


Apache Pass








The fort ruins are only accessable by a 1.5 mile hike. I made it nearly a half mile before deciding I was not properly equipped for such a long hike. I hadn't brought shorts and running shoes. Hiking in moto boots and waterproof pants sucks!


I did some time traveling and get photos of the ruins.




Oh well. Always leave a reason to return....

The road turns to asphalt just north of the fort parking. Watch out for horses.


Through orchards near Bowie, AZ.


Next thing I know I'm on I-10 heading west into the glaring sun.


Through Texas Canyon


and roll into Tucson just before sunset. After a quick sandwich stop I roll on into the dark through Florence and back into Phoenix to home.


888 miles of Southeastern Arizona fun in two days.


Jared and Matt, Feel free to post your photos here.
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:32 PM   #118
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Very Nice

You forgot to stop at "The Thing" in Texas Canyon. It is still there, right? Your photos brought back a lot of good memories of riding out there while in the service of our favorite uncle at Ft Huachuca.
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:36 PM   #119
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The "Thing"? Enlighten me.
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:40 PM   #120
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The THing

The Thing is a tourist trap of the highest order on I-10 on the south side as you go thru Texas Canyon. At least it was there when I was stationed at FHU. There is/was a Dairy Queen co located so it was more of a stop for a Butterfinger Blizzzard than to look at the thing. That exit also led to some real nice curvy roads (paved and gravel) to the south.

Here's a link...
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2023
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