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Old 04-24-2009, 08:30 AM   #1
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Having fun on the border!

SE Arizona in the winter! A great place to ride when it is cold up north.

Here is a teaser photo from the U.S./Mexico border road – now that is one hell of a hill. The work crew had a really hard time getting the dozer down this hill and then welding up all that rail road steel.




I was able to escape some of the cold and snow in Colorado to get a few days of riding in the warmer climate of SE Arizona. I grew up in this area and knew lots of good dirt bike trails but I haven’t had a chance to do any extensive riding there in quite some time. It was a good excuse to visit the folks while also getting a little time for dual sport adventures. My brother made it for some of the riding and we even got dad (69 this year) out a couple of times.


We explored over 2000 miles of back roads and dirt roads from north of Tucson, south to Nogales, east to Douglas and back north to 1-10. There is a lot of history in this area so if you ride there, plan some time for exploring and learning while taking in the fun roads.


Here is an overview of most of the routes/tracks we rode.



We started by exploring some old mining towns. Here's some shots of Gleeson. My brother is on the VStrom. Dad is on the KLR. I’m on the GS.









About half way between Gleeson and Pearce are the remains of an old jail - in the middle of no where.


















Since this is most of the town of Pearce, I guess you could say the town is for sale.





















Exploring Apache country.






Near Texas Canyon with brother, Lonnie.



Playing in the Chiricahuas.






















Dad pointing out his old hunting grounds.



Lonnie thinking about hunting a different kind of species.












Dad showing us where he had one of his worse motorcycle crashes. News to Lonnie and I, when dad was young he was partying one night with a bunch of friends and got drunk. Yeah, he then got on his motorcycle and ran it right off the road around here.



I forgot how beautiful the Chiricahua Mountains are. How great is that – exploring places of your youth decades ago where little has change.


















This is where Geronimo surrendered.






Lonnie and I riding cross country looking for an old MX track outside of Bisbee where we raced as kids.



At the US/Mexico border at Naco. Now that is a fence.



More ride photos coming! The next set of photos will include some interesting shots riding along the border and showing the new heavy duty fence.

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Old 04-24-2009, 02:46 PM   #2
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What an interesting ride. Nice one.
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:40 PM   #3
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Those are some great pics. I don't have a dual sport for those dirt roads, but that sure makes me want to get one.

I like your bud's V-Strom. You ever ride it? What do think of it?
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:15 PM   #4
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Larrytoby,

Nice job! I was in that area a few weeks ago. I need to get back to ride the Chiricahuas. That old jail looks interesting. I'll bet there were some bad hombres housed there back in the day.
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:13 PM   #5
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Great pics. You are in my back yard, I see this and realize I don't get out enough. Hope you have a wonderful time riding with yout family.
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Old 04-25-2009, 06:50 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. I really forgot how nice the riding is in southern Arizona. Next winter, I plan to spend a lot more time riding the area.

The V-Strom is a very nice motorcycle - a lot of value for the dollar. Come to think of it, so is the KLR. Also, the BMW GS is a lot of money but it does deliver mile after mile of endless smiles. I'm a big KTM fan but when it comes down to it, I have a lot of fun on almost anything with two wheels and a motor.

I'm getting ready to post some more photos.
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Old 04-25-2009, 06:55 AM   #7
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On another day we rode over Montezuma Pass and on the new road that follows the border. Most views span both Mexico and the U.S.




Looking to the East on top of Montezuma Pass. It's a get ride up. The pointed mountain in the background is in Mexico.


Looking to the West on top of MontezumaPass. If you look carefully, you can actually see the border road.

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Old 04-25-2009, 07:08 AM   #8
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looks like a blast!!
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:24 AM   #9
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On the border road. You can see all the new construction.






Nobody is going to drive a car or truck across this fence. It has been reported that people have built giant ramps so they can drive across the top of the fence. With all the border patrol I saw I can’t imagine anyone would have enough time to put the ramps up, much less get a vehicle over, before the patrol would be on top of them.






Now that is a fence! Here are more rails ready to be welded up.


You can see where vehicles used to come up this wash. Not anymore.




One of the original monuments that marked the border, the old fence and the new fence.


Miles and miles of fast dirt roads with an occasional water bar that allows a little air time.




Here is a shot of a short section where the road doesn’t continue across a creek. You can see that the fence does.


The old border crossing at Lochiel. It is a ghost town now.


The road currently runs west of Lochiel just a short distance right now. You can see the new construction and the hill that made the crew stop and build an easier road slightly to the north of this spot.


If you look carefully, you will see the V-Strom on the hill. These are not small hills!










We lived to ride another day! With the weather changing, we headed back to our base camp.

More photos coming!
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:41 AM   #10
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Great pics and ride! The fencing makes me sad
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:59 AM   #11
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:37 PM   #12
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wow, you sure wouldn't want to hit a rock funny and crash into that fence!
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:05 PM   #13
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Agreed. Something about the fence is sad but hard to put into words. And it is definitely scarey. Didn't show us down any though...
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:09 PM   #14
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Another update

Here's anoher update. Interesting ride with the GPS.

On this day I did a little exploring on my own. I set my Zumo to route by shortest distance and came across several interesting routes. At one point, the road kind of disappeared into this wash. After a while I realized I was off the route and had to head cross country to get back on the trail. Gotta love an adventure.






Back on the trail.


Another “shortest route” that put me into the middle of an OHV area. Without the GPS I wouldn’t have know which trail to take.


The GPS indicated I was supposed to go this way. Technically, it is an “improved road” given the gravel was placed to help improve traction.


More coming.
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:12 PM   #15
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I've spent much of the past year riding the border roads around there.

Always alone, sadly.

The border road itself is a blast... and like you said there are thousands of miles of spur roads that go off into the desert...
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