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Old 06-07-2009, 04:54 AM   #16
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Excellent pics............thanks for posting
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:15 AM   #17
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:31 AM   #18
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The Hills are Alive with the Color Orange



Rough Remote Country


Do I see a hint of KTM Orange ahead?




KTM Orange, Yamaha Blue, and Kawasaki Green












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Old 06-07-2009, 11:56 AM   #19
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Awsome images. I need a new camera...

I've not often seen people capture the desert in bloom on film. You did good, mate!

Keep 'em coming. Your back yard just has to be the best heavy dual sport country on the planet. Yah have to be careful of the weather, though...
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:19 PM   #20
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...solo, visiting some of the remote view points...
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:46 PM   #21
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Tracks

I've had a couple requests for the GPS tracks. For some reason I can't upload the gpx files here. If you would like the tracks of this route shoot me an email at dave6253@cox.net.
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:54 PM   #22
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:35 PM   #23
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Fantastic pics
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:39 PM   #24
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Old 06-07-2009, 02:31 PM   #25
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Old 06-07-2009, 02:42 PM   #26
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another saying great pictures! Looks like a great ride.
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Old 06-07-2009, 02:58 PM   #27
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MT Trumbull Road

I finally made it to the 5, Mt. Trumbull Road. Although I've ridden over 400 miles today, this sign confirms I have a long way to go yet.


I have heard some of the roads up here get really rough and washboarded...


...but, the roads were smooth when I was there. This is as fast as I've ever been on dirt.






Smugmug is awfully slow right now. I'll post more soon.
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Old 06-07-2009, 03:27 PM   #28
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There's not another soul around. Two motorcycles, Two 4WD SUVs, and 2 ATVs are the only vehicles seen from Mesquite to Toroweap.


The door was unlocked, so I went inside. The historic Mt Trumbull Schoolhouse was restored in 2001 after vandals burned it down.


I can imagine looking at that World Globe and staring out the windows while daydreaming about something other than school work.


The road heads back up into the mountains east of Mt. Trumbull.












Someone has already dabbed a foot in a silt bed.


It wouldn't be a trip to Toroweap without photos of the old road grader.
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Old 06-07-2009, 03:41 PM   #29
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I finally made it to the 5, Mt. Trumbull Road. Although I've ridden over 400 miles today, this sign confirms I have a long way to go yet.

Smugmug is awfully slow right now. I'll post more soon.
Sez it all. That's why you need that extra gallon. 64 miles in and 75 miles out is safe enough. But what if you mis a turn? Mighty lonely out there...

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The Grand Canyon, Toroweap Point

I had never ridden in bull-dust before. The ruts were deep enough that my feet were plowing through the powder while on the pegs! I nearly lost control several times, but managed to keep it upright. By my count there were 4 seperate silt beds on the Toroweap Road. The longest one (the first) had a go-around on the firmer shoulder, but I didn't see it until it was too late.



I'm at a loss for an explanation of how these silt beds form in the middle of otherwise rocky and firm roads.








The last few miles become pretty rocky, but nothing is too challenging. The biggest rock ledges were in driveway of the campground. There were only 3 sites left so I used the bike to reserve #7.


Here you can see the campsite under the rock.


I was tired of riding, so I quickly changed into shorts and trail running shoes. I stuffed a flashlight and the camera into my pockets and jogged the rest of the road (about 3/4 mile) to the overlook.
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