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Old 12-30-2012, 04:45 AM   #16
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Great story and photo's again . Looking forward to the rest of the story.
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Old 01-01-2013, 04:15 PM   #17
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Day 3 - Saturday

Saturday morning we leave Vegas behind and head south. On the way to where we planned to ride, these two ran across the road in front of us and then stopped to pose for a picture.



We park and unload the bikes between Nelson and the Techatticup Mine.





Tours are available at the mine and we make reservations to tour the mine in about 2 1/2 hours. Time for a little ride first.

Head out this road which should take us to Lake Mohave (Colorado River below Hoover Dam)



Aztec Wash road. The road mostly followed the actual wash.













After riding for about 45 minutes, reach the river/lake.



Since we still have an hour and half before we had to be back to the mine, we decide to take this road that follows the nearby power line.





Road begins to get a little steep and rocky.



It turns out the road does follow the power line, but we never realized that it crossed several ridges on its way back towards the mine. The road is a lot like the Hess road in Hells Canyon, but goes on several times further. A really fun road, but was fairly slow going and we had some where to be so we had to hurry. Only stopped for a few pictures.











We finally reach the other end of the power line road just a few minutes before our tour time. After a very high speed run down the last few miles on a sandy wash road, we reach the mine just before our tour is to begin.







The mine tour costs $12.50 per person and requires a minimum of four. Our tour had four.

Our tour guide.



The tour begins in this room where we learn a little history of the mine and surrounding area.



We then walk over to the mine entrance.





The tour takes you well into the mountain and down several branch tunnels off the main shaft.







Won't bore you with to many pictures from in the mine, but will say the tour is well worth the money and recommend it to anyone that happens to be in the area. After leaving the actual mine shaft, we walk around the grounds for a while before continuing our ride.



Interesting rock Rocky found.



After leaving the mine, we pass through Nelson where we see this marker.



Take this road



Turn off the main road onto this road.









After several miles, reach this area, called Keyhole Canyon.

















Take this road



Then ride to the radio towers you can see in the distance.





View from the towers











After leaving the towers, we stop to check out a couple of mines.















Back through the town of Nelson before heading back to the truck.





After loading the bikes, we drive to Bullhead City AZ.

End of Day 3.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:03 PM   #18
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Ah Las Vegas, my old stomping grounds!
Spring Mtn range, Potosi, Good Springs, Sandy Valley, Lovell Canyon, all cool areas.
There is so much more around there. Been through all of that!
Went to keggers in Lovell canyon, shot coyote and rescued a dog at Mt Potosi, caught in a trap. Made the newspaper.
Walked out of there brokn down in the snow.
There is more treasures around there!
Oh the stories..........

Good on you two for searching out that area. Real good.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:40 AM   #19
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Hi Alan and Katy. There's still snow on the ground here. Looks like a nice winter vacation!
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:10 PM   #20
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As always, great report Alan! Talk to you soon...
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:11 PM   #21
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You Know! I love YOU guys, BUT, I have mixed emotions right now but only because your down there riding around, exploring and generally goofing off giggling, laughing, etc. This you do while I, as many are sitting up here in a sunless freezer hovering close to the single digits called Idaho. But then again while you guys are playing your providing visions of happier times ahead. So thank's for bringing us (me) along.

I'm not sure you guys want to come back up here just yet. It's cooold and gray here. This must be payback for my last winter excursion to sunny Mexico.



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Old 01-02-2013, 09:26 PM   #22
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Sam, I never suspected.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:30 PM   #23
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Sam, I never suspected.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.
Yeah, proofreading is handy sometimes.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:47 PM   #24
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Yeah, proofreading is handy sometimes.
Well jokes on me, I'm not seeing it. OK, what hell I'll shut up and just read along Katy, Allen keep it up it's helping me keep my sanity. Proof read, "phiff"
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...I love guys, BUT, I have mixed emotions right now...
Wanna add the word 'you' in there anywhere Sam?

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:44 PM   #26
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Wanna add the word 'you' in there anywhere Sam?

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Well I guess that would help, because trust me I read it like 5 times and didn't see that............ Better yet I should just nuke the post and go to bed. But I won't just for the sake of entertainment.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:26 AM   #27
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I was hoping for more pictures tonight , getting into the swing of swingshift again. Going to be on it for a while this winter.
I did find a possilble silver lining in being up late, I went over and visited my dad at the care center he is at for at least three months and he was awake and we had a good visit.

My DR350 was brought from Pierce for me so I can get out and ride this weekend .
Joseph creek is always a good trip this time of year, lots of Big Horn sheep and elk near the road.

The Gerbings coat will keep me toasty.

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Old 01-04-2013, 04:07 AM   #28
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Day 4 - Sunday

Sunday morning, we ride from the motel and take this road.



After paying an outrageous fee to enter the "park" we stop for a picture by the lake.



A few miles of pavement.



Turn off the pavement onto this road.









After several miles, come to the park border.





Portland Mine








Turn off on this road which is suppose to take us down to the lake/river





Jeep Cove




Lots of interesting geology along the road.







Some wild burros along the road.






Continue on along this road.







Lost Cabin Springs




Air compressor on windmill powered pump to keep water in the tank.







Continue on this road. Looks like we are miles from anyplace.



Soon come to this street sign that appears to be in the middle of no where.



Soon figure out we are in the middle of an underdeveloped subdivision



During the day, will pass through several of the subdivisions that consist of mainly dirt roads with a few houses here and there.






Living the American Dream. A couple of old RV's and a few shipping containers. Actually a few of the houses looked fairly nice, but most looked like small junk yards. I recall several years ago hearing about people buying Home lots in Arizona for what seemed like a very low price. I wonder is this is the result of those land deals of many years ago?

The dirt streets and street signs seem to go on for ever.





Mr. Obvious was here.



Some of the "streets" are a little worse for wear.




After a while, finally get through the maze of streets and find this road that will actually take us some where.



Old mine site






Takes us to the highway



Cross the highway and take this road.






The road starts out as a fairly straight and fast road.



Soon starts up the hill



Near the top, hit snow again. That slows us down.



Once off the summit, things speed up again.



Get into a little rocky





Rocky shows us how to handle the rocky sections.



At the bottom on the rocky section, reach the Murals.









Visit a couple of old min sites.









Keep my distance from these.



Getting close to the town of Chloride.









After leaving Chloride, take this road.







This road is suppose to take us in the directrion we want to go.




Not a good sign when you are not really sure where you are at and it is getting close to sunset.



Go to plan B and try this road.



Hope we don't end up having to spend the night here.





End up making our way out to the highway and back to the motel just before dark. Its beena good 4 days of riding, but tomorrow we must head for home.


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Old 01-04-2013, 04:27 AM   #29
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Trip Home

The fun part is over, now for the long drive home.



FYYFF



On the way home, I wanted to cross the new bridge near Hoover Dam. During our first winter trip to Arizona, we took pictures of the bridge under construction. Today, we would cross over it and then we stopped to walk across it so we could take pictures.







It is a long ways down





Then drove down to the dam to get some pictures of the bridge.





To avoid the heavy Las Vegas traffic on the way home, drove around the edge of Lake Mead to by pass Vegas.





Just for Ladybug



The closer to home we got, the colder it got. Wanted to turn around and head back south to the warm weather.





Another fine winter riding trip.

Thanks for riding along with us.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:53 AM   #30
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It looks like you had fun exploring. Thank you for sharing your adventures!
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