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Old 05-19-2014, 04:17 PM   #1
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Lochiel to Lee's Ferry, An AZBDR Ride

Itís funny what prompts a ride. For some reason we seem to need a catalyst. In this case the fine folks at Butler maps gave us the Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR). Between us we have more than 75 years of riding the empty places of Arizona and yet it took a map to get us to go border-to-border. Here is our version of the AZBDR as we go from Lochiel to Leeís Ferry.

First off letís have a nice round of applause for the guys at Butler Maps. The route is excellent and the documentation superb. We thought that we had done it all and were pleasantly surprised.

If you plan to do this, get the GPS tracks. If youíre going to ride a big-bike, plan on working a little. There is sand, rocks, uphills and downhills. Everything that makes AZ an awesome place to ride. I was glad I chose to ride my 650. It was perfect for the challenge.

A group was gathered, dates set, dates changed, work got in the way, work got out of the way and finally it was time. BigE was to be at my place at 0630 to begin our travels. Naturally he showed up at 0600 but I was ready for him.

Me on the left riding the mighty XR650R. The true Swiss Army Knife of motorcycles. Not a Bavarian multi-tool that makes you think of espresso machines and silk scarves but a true utility tool that reminds you of double-bit axes and bazookas.

Thatís BigE on the right on his well-equipped 690.

We roll for the east side of Phoenix to meet up with OldtimerTC and Pfdskipper, both on 950SEís. Naturally we start with a healthy breakfast.

Then itís on like donkey kong. The first challenge is to get to the beginning of the AZBDR. We had decided to go from south to north, not sure why. We ride down the usual path into southern AZ via Florence, Mammoth, Cascabel, Benson, Tombstone and spend the night in Bisbee.

Itís a perfect day for a ride through the desert.

A rest stop in the shade of the Mesquite trees.

Bisbee! A funky little mining town in Southern AZ.

Not sure what this is.

We have previously stayed at the Copper Queen but have been less than impressed so we decided to try a different place. The Inn at Castle Rock was excellent. Quiet, comfortable and the owner rides a Tiger.

After checking in and cleaning up, itís time for food. Based on the recommendation of a local, we headed for the Screaming Banshee pizza. Itís called that because you have to scream like a banshee to get any service. Nice place to sit, good food, horrible service.

Pfdskipper is pleased with the pizza.

Across the street is a market with good deserts (pie).

I better get back to work. When we return, itís on to the actual AZBDR.


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Old 05-19-2014, 04:28 PM   #2
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YEEESSSS! I have been waiting for this. Almost as good as being there - NOT!
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:29 PM   #3
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:32 PM   #4
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:41 PM   #5
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I was beginning to wonder....

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Old 05-19-2014, 04:55 PM   #6
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:04 PM   #7
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:11 PM   #8
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Old 05-19-2014, 05:31 PM   #9
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Old 05-19-2014, 06:19 PM   #10
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Giddy up

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Old 05-19-2014, 07:19 PM   #11
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What a crowd that's been waiting for this write up. Let's here from the guys we ride with........
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:27 PM   #12
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Yes! great start... subscribed. Been looking forward to reading an AZBDR report, keep the details coming!
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:54 PM   #13
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Old 05-19-2014, 10:37 PM   #14
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We all had a fun and challenging adventure. Thanks to DOD and Big E for making this happen. I'm going to sit back and enjoy while the "Ambassador of good rides ", rolls it out.
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:33 AM   #15
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It was big, BIG fun!

The temps where quite a swing, last Tuesday morning was really cold.

Thanks to DOD and the Skipper for all the fun!!

Hurry up Charlie with the rest of the pictures! He must be tired from kicking that poor XR a hundred times! I bet it was more than that.

Just wait until you all see the Meteor Creator from the back side! It was outstanding! And the Grand Falls and, and.......


"If my Technique Improves, so will my riding"!
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