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Old 02-14-2012, 11:56 AM   #16
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Great looking ride! Looking forward to more updates!
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:33 PM   #17
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very envious...Keep us posted
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:30 PM   #18
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We crossed path in Harshaw!
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:26 PM   #19
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We crossed path in Harshaw!
I remember . . . several riders stopped by the sign in Harshaw. Maybe we'll cross paths again . . . I'll be around until the end of the month - see you on the road.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:27 AM   #20
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Nice RR!

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Old 02-15-2012, 09:44 AM   #21
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Enjoying your report very much. Wish someday I could do something like that. Till then keep it upright! See you when spring gets here.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:49 PM   #22
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Enjoying your report very much. Wish someday I could do something like that. Till then keep it upright! See you when spring gets here.
Spring is not far away, especially with the mild winter we had in ME this year! I'll be getting the DR350 ready for mud season when I return. Looking forward to riding with you again!
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:12 PM   #23
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2/12/12 Exploring Some Local Dirt

Back in AZ for some more winter fun!

A short ride to explore some of the local dirt.


This wasn't really a planned riding day, but I managed to get out for a few hours. Last time I was out here one of the local ADV members mentioned a spot close to where I'm staying that could provide some good off-road exploring so I thought I'd go explore, and I needed to check something out on the bike before another long day trip.

About 25 miles from home at the end of my last long day trip on my last visit I noticed some oil on my right boot that turned out to be a fork seal. I didn't have much time to mess with it then, but I did have enough time to go to the local hardware store and get a sheet of .016" thick plastic that I cut into a nice shape to slide down into the fork seal to see if I could clean it out. I wasn't really too optimistic, but after a short 10-15 mile ride there didn't appear to be any leakage. Just in case, I had fork seals, fork oil, a fork tool and a seal driver shipped out and waiting for me when I got here this time. Today's ride was primarily just to find out whether or not the leak was really fixed . . . and of course, I couldn't wait to hit the desert dirt again. A couple hours of playing in the dirt off road confirmed the leak was fixed so no need to replace the seals at this point.


There seemed to be endless miles of this stuff everywhere I turned . . .



This area was a great find. Since it's close to where I stay I can get out here anytime for a few hours on the days in between the longer day trips.

These are common sites around here . . .


Abandoned mines are abundant. There was a fairly large old mine site that I couldn't quite get to just beyond this fence.


A smaller mine that I was able to ride up to that has been filled in and sealed off.


This path came to an abrupt end, but it was fun while it lasted.


I'm starting to really like winter.


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Old 02-15-2012, 10:20 PM   #24
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I'm having a tough time getting up to date on this report. I've been doing a lot of riding and it's amazing how time consuming it is to post this stuff up. I had a great ride to Mt Lemmon a couple days ago, and another great ride today across the Wilcox Playa and into Chiricahua National Monument. I have a ton of pics to post up from those rides as soon as I get a chance. I'll be riding again tomorrow, but should be able to get more posted soon.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:05 AM   #25
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all take notice of this RR. No life story, just the right amount of commentary/pic's. perfect.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:06 AM   #26
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I enjoyed your ride report here. It looks like you had a great time.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:29 PM   #27
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very nice report. i enjoyed reading it. but.... where is this?

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Old 02-16-2012, 08:35 PM   #28
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very nice report. i enjoyed reading it. but.... where is this?
The pic was taken at N31 41.955 W110 06.373
Just a few miles outside of Tombstone off Charleston Rd.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:13 PM   #29
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all take notice of this RR. No life story, just the right amount of commentary/pic's. perfect.
I can't take to much credit as it's as much a function of a lack of time as it is by design. I'm sure some folks will find it lacking in entertainment value as it does not include a long story. Anyway, I'm glad you like it, now if I can just get it up to date.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:45 PM   #30
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2/13/12

A ride to Mt. Lemmon


The weather was perfect for a ride up Mt. Lemmon today so I headed for Tucson. I try to avoid big highways so I decided to take 82 to Sonoita then head north on 83. I had loaded some tracks for back roads in the area and thought about taking one of them that ran north from 82 on the way to Sonoita, but I decided to just focus on getting to Mt. Lemmon and run those on the way back if I had time. As it turned out I probably should have taken that track.

As I approached the intersection and prepared to turn right onto 83 in Sonoita I noticed a convoy of vehicles including police escorts and a big rig carrying a wide load that completely took up both lanes of the road. They pulled out ahead of me onto 83 just as I reached the intersection. If Iíd been one minute sooner I would have been in front of them, but I wasnít, I was behind them.

We crawled along at about 15 mph! I followed them for about four miles that seemed like an eternity. Fortunately, I also had some tracks for the west side of 83, but they started south of where I was now. I pulled over to check the map and it looked like there was a dirt road that would link me up with the track I had heading north so I went for it Ė didnít really have much to lose or many other options. That turned out to be a very good decision.

It's a very beautiful area near the Santa Rita mountains, but the first sign I saw shortly after turning off 83 was a little concerning, especially the big bullet holes. Onward.


There seems to be quite a network of dirt roads thru the area.


It was mostly rolling hills with a great view of the snow-capped Santa Rita mountains in the background every time I came over a rise.





I found it interesting that someone felt a need to point out that this was a "street legal road."


These signs should really just say good times ahead.






I had all but forgotten about the convoy that blocked my way earlier and was really glad I had a chance to ride this area. I was about an hour behind schedule as far as getting to Mt. Lemmon, but I figured Iíd still be OK on time.

My track came back out on 83 and I thought the convoy would probably have made it to I-10 by then since I spent a while winding thru the dirt roads and taking pictures. Unfortunately, I was wrong - about a half mile up 83 I came up behind them again! No choice but to follow it at this point and hope they let us pass somewhere before I-10. Luck was on my side and they pulled off a couple miles up the road to let all the cars go by. I waited behind the twenty or so cars in front of me as the cars headed south went by. They must have been stopped for a long time. After passing the convoy I was able to get past the other cars in front of me and I was finally on my way to Mt. Lemmon.
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