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Old 03-28-2010, 08:40 PM   #31
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Nice report and pics.
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:47 PM   #32
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Kofa Meanderings



I get to a confusing intersection of small paths. The GPS isn't much help. It lists all of them as "unpaved road". I take the most worn path across a wide dry wash. HooDoo Wash I believe. DEEEEEEEEP Loose gravel. I made it across only to find a dead end less than a 1/2 mile further at this cabin.


Me and my un-named horse.


In case you want to make reservations.






It's been busy the last couple nights. I still haven't seen anyone since leaving I-10.




Back across the deep gravel.


I find the correct path.
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:59 PM   #33
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The road had a section of over a half mile in the deep gravel of the wash. It sucked.

The rocky road keeps coming.


Up & Down






Over and Over Again






As beautiful as it is, the desert here looks almost identical to the one within walking distance of my home.


This Saguaro wants to ride off with my bike.
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:11 PM   #34
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Great pics and report.
You had me hook line and sinker thanks to "Horse with no name".

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Old 03-28-2010, 09:17 PM   #35
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Engessar Pass

Another confusing intersection. After a couple turn arounds I found the right one. Engesser Pass Road. In order to get from the east side of the mountains to the more heavily visited areas of the west side I must cross Engesser Pass. Google Maps didn't even show this road. I had to resort to Bing when planning the route.







The road climbs up the mountains on the east side. This is where I had the scary moments with loose rocks redirecting me.


The west side of the pass is another story.


It is not steep at all. Instead, for about 4 miles the road is the DEEEEEP Loose gravel of a wash. It REALLY SUCKED.


I understand what you are supposed to do to ride lose stuff like sand, but with little experience at it, I decide this remote location is not the place to learn. I go into survival mode. I'd rather crash at 15 mph than 35. First gear chugging with the occasional foot dab and constant balance checks. It was exhausting, but I stayed upright.








And a little warm.


This road would be easy with four wheels.


Finally, the road firms up occasionally. Engesser Pass Completed!
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:38 PM   #36
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Great pics, love Arizona !!!
I sleep under the stars and keep the fire going most of the night.


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Old 03-29-2010, 01:46 AM   #37
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On the first part of the journey
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There were plants and birds and rocks and things
Excellent use of cool song ! I thought it sounded familiar and this line cracked the nut

This is a very nice RR, lovin' it so far !

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This is very similar to the general rules over here, forget vehicles in national parks though.
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:35 AM   #38
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Are you happy with these Jesse panniers Dave? These Gobi's i am using are quite perfect so far but this extra wideness of bike sometimes annoying.. Jesse's are much more compact i guess..

Do you recommend them?
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:51 AM   #39
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Small world in the guest book at the cabin. Guests from Olds, Alberta (30 minutes south of me) and Edmonton (80 minutes north of me) on the same page staying there a day apart. Incredible.
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Old 03-29-2010, 04:23 AM   #40
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Ahh...

Big Orange bikes in the desert. So nice to see.

Great pictures, nice narrative.
Thanks for a view of your part of the country.

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Old 03-29-2010, 04:40 AM   #41
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Great RR.........................
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:15 PM   #42
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Are you happy with these Jesse panniers Dave? These Gobi's i am using are quite perfect so far but this extra wideness of bike sometimes annoying.. Jesse's are much more compact i guess..

Do you recommend them?
I really like the Jesse Luggage. They are roomy. As you can see I packed my entire camp and food/water for all four days in there. I even had a tent, tripod, and running shoes. I prefer the narrow width over all the other luggage systems. It looks much better IMO. In Kofa the road was a narrow 2 track with a center hump often too large to cross. That meant I was restricted to one narrow line. I picked up alot of "Arizona Pinstriping" as I was banging my way through tree limbs. I made good use of the shoulder armor in my jacket. The extra width of other luggage could have made things a little more interesting.


Thanks for all the comments everyone! I'll try posting more tonight. I'm on family vacation at the moment (trying to make up for the selfish wanderings).
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:33 PM   #43
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Just More Desert



Now on the west side of the Kofa Mountains I find it challenging to navigate the maze of trails. Somehow I stay on the right one. I have many miles of rough stuff before I expect graded gravel roads near the King of Arizona Mine.
















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Old 03-29-2010, 01:50 PM   #44
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:29 PM   #45
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A motorbike, a camp fire and those surroundings....Perfect.

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