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Old 01-04-2010, 05:04 PM   #16
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Enjoying the report Roland! Party on!


Great pictures too!
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:01 PM   #17
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All I can say Roland is I'm jealous and I'm sure it beats installing windows or bench racing in Ontario's winters ! Good Luck and Safe Journey .
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:36 AM   #18
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:39 PM   #19
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Laugh Fly -Ride 2 Tucson

Hey thanks for the comments guy, sorry for takin so long ta get back but hey I've been busy.
So my wife Lily came with me on this trip.
We flew back to Phoenix, picked up Suzi (the Bike) out of storage.
I store most of my riding stuff with the bike so I can fly with just a carry on. Very convenient & easier to stay organized. I keep a minimum amount of clothing and do laundry along the way. The only clothing that travels is what I wear for the flight. For the transition back to the cold I bring along a micro-fleece & wind breaker back & forth, which works very well for layering. You'll see that in the pictures.
Dressed to ride!

Destination Tucson. A couple hrs on a slightly more interesting route.. Very Desolate, that makes Lily Nervous.I much prefer that to the busy route/cities.
I got a great deal on a condo in a gated golf resort, Ventana Canyon.
It was spectacular location on the northeast end of Tucson at the base of the mountains.
Saguaro Cacti where everywhere, beautiful, as was the golf course. Very well manicured and picturesque as you can see.








We did some walk touring of the course and took a ride into the curvy hilly roads leading up the mountain.
These roads were only accessable with the gated community which is where the resort was.
The homes were worth average $6-8 million.. The landscaping was all forms & varieties of Canti & such. They were beautiful,very low maintenance, wouldn't require watering. Cool!



Hey there big fella!


Day after arriving we visited the Kartchner caverns.The underground formations were well preserved & spectacular. Pictures were not allowed however.
Lily did spot these which give the hearing equivalency a bat. She thought I needed that. Huh?

Next up: We witness a gunfight & a guy that looks just like me gets hung. TWICE!
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Old 01-22-2010, 05:05 PM   #20
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Hi Roland keep it going...

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Old 01-22-2010, 05:41 PM   #21
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Hi Roland keep it going...

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What he said.

Those golf course pictures are incredible!
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:48 PM   #22
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Hey Roland it's about time you got this thing moving again!




Beautiful pictures!
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:14 PM   #23
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Hey Rollin,

It was a real pleasure meeting you in San Felipe. Looking forward to hooking up with you again sometime to do some riding . PM me your email address and I'll send you some pictures...

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Old 01-24-2010, 06:01 PM   #24
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Thanks for the comments guys!

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It was a real pleasure meeting you in San Felipe. Looking forward to hooking up with you again sometime to do some riding . PM me your email address and I'll send you some pictures...

Happy Trails,
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Hola Steve, hey it was great meeting up with you as well! Definetly hope we can hookup sometime. Hasta la Vista!
I'll send ya a pm with my direct Email.
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:41 PM   #25
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Eek We see a Gunfight at the OK Corral

This day was exciting & Lilys favorite. We went to Thombstone. Sight of the famous gunfight at the
OK Corral.

Gotta guard my woman.

Gee! Lily sure looks happy.

We saw a re-enactment of the Gunfight. That's Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday.

These are not the kind of bars I like to handle.

One of the Locals.

Another one of the locals. He actually started to move when we got close for a pic. A personal
space thing I suppose!

Ya lookin fer trouble?

JUST HANGIN AROUND.

The End (Not really, stay tuned lots more hangin around)
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:37 PM   #26
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Desert museum just outside of Tucson. Desert wildlife, flora & fauna.It was a big place!


Javelinas.


Hang around here too long & these start growing out of your head.

These are great to lean on, no chance of your hand slipping off. Actually I just wanted a
spectacular picture no matter how much it hurt. Can you see the ponits of the needles sticking thru my hand? Youch!
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I love the "just hanging around". How's the bike doing two-up?
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I love the "just hanging around". How's the bike doing two-up?
The Strom is great 2 up & still adequate power.
Lily doesn't like the gravel/offroad however.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:53 AM   #29
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So we left Tucson & went to visit my sister Cathy & her husband Larry who live in Calgary & winter in Yuma Arizona. Nice climate right thru the winter. They're avid golfers and greatly enjoy the weather and plentiful golfing opportunities the area affords.
They also enjoy a great group of friends they have made there.
After having dinner they made me dry the dishes while Lily sat, watched & took this picture.

While there we saw a huge sanddune recreation area in California & did some quick shopping in Algodones Mexico. Bought a great Baja cap which you'll see in subsequent pictures. Not this one. See next one.


Visit was short but sweet.


Next we're headed for Scottsdale.
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We finished the week together in Scottsdale Arizona.



The bronze statues in old Scottsdale were spectacular.

The wild wild west.
Poor Lily got sick last day, : unusual for her, & she got it bad , I think it was food poisoning
Whoh! Lily has left just in time, bad weather is coming in.
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