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Old 12-17-2013, 04:40 AM   #91
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Yeah, me too. Jumped on my leg as I walked by. Went to my truck and found a towel. I wrapped the towel around the cholla and ripped it right out of my leg. Then I bled all over the place. Effin' mess. I'm a lot more careful now.

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As echoed by others, very nice thread. A Gila Monster? I have so much in the way of outdoors activities and have never seen a Rattle Snake or the 'Monster'.

Did have a run in with that cactus you called a Cholla. Stuck through my jeans and into my kneecap. You can't touch the thing with your hands of course so I had to find two rocks to pull the bastard out. Then it was one by one pulling all of the quills as they would much rather stay with you than attached to the plant.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:26 AM   #92
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:59 AM   #93
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As echoed by others, very nice thread. A Gila Monster? I have so much in the way of outdoors activities and have never seen a Rattle Snake or the 'Monster'.

Did have a run in with that cactus you called a Cholla. Stuck through my jeans and into my kneecap. You can't touch the thing with your hands of course so I had to find two rocks to pull the bastard out. Then it was one by one pulling all of the quills as they would much rather stay with you than attached to the plant.
The best way to relieve yourself of a cholla ball is with a plastic comb. Always have one in my possibles-bag... and not for my combing my hair!
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Old 12-20-2013, 12:21 PM   #94
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I take cholla out just like bee stingers. Credit card/pocket knife perpendicular to the spine with a quick swipe sideways and up.
Ive spent a vast portion of my arizona years in the desert. In one year ( I was doing a lot of rattler hunting. Beads bring dollars, meat is perfectly decent and skins for knife pouches/wallets) I got 30 rattlers. Saw 3 Gilas, one not much bigger than my fist. (They one come out of there den a couple days a year). One Chuckwalla. 4-5 desert Tortoises
I love the desert. I think it is incredibly underappreciated.
Trying to keep up on your adventures. You are moving more than I am, especially now.
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:10 PM   #95
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Another time... a few days ago. Trailered to a starting point as I did not want to blast down the road in the cold. Again in the Bighorn and Belmont Mountain range's. Some gnarly downhill on this exploratory trip. Sorry no pic's of that as I was holding on with all four's.


A nice View looking to the North from a li'l hilltop, also found an odd protrusion from this Saguaro skeleton.



Arrived at the Microwave complex S of Aguila from the East. There is a road from the West but that was no challenge. The Harquahela Mountain range is the peak in the distance.
Photo just before I drop off the side of this Mountain going South. I do mean drop off . Once I started I was certain it was most likely a trail of no-return.


This point is the first easy place to stop on the drop. See the tower just above the hilltop. Perhaps 1/4 mile in the distance.


Got my mirror put back into it's normal position. It was banging on the front of my windshield most of the way down the Mtn. This trail is more to my like'n.


Ooops... Wilderness area gate!


Always coming into these area's "ass-backwards"


... and another locked Central Arizona Project gate. The CAP canal runs through that li'l hill just behind my the XR4.

Kinda short on photo's but a good 70 mile all dirt ride.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:27 AM   #96
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Is that radio tower off of castle hot springs rd?
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:40 PM   #97
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Is that radio tower off of castle hot springs rd?
Nope...
Click the link below to see where I am located.
http://fms.ws/EzYkL/33.69090N/113.09367W
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:43 PM   #98
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Another time...
Took a quick trip South of town last week. A little 50 mile loop, average speed 12 mph. I was never lost just badly-confused a couple of times. Too many two-tracks out that way, should have been about 40 miles.


nice lunch stop with hot/cold running water and a nice bench to relax on...



An abundance of gates out here. nice smooth areas to park the bike



A bit of green showing... there is an arch in the background, hanging on the side of the hill.



Ran across these two fine specimens of automotive history in the Whispering Ranch area. Seemed to be abandoned but not certain as they were parked around some old sheds/houses. Roads back in here long ago washed away.


One of my new GoPro still shots... still working on the video thing'e.


and another...


interesting view from the GoPro of Vulture peak and my cockpit
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:17 AM   #99
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Nice pictures, Mark. I need to check out the Whispering Ranch area; it has been many years since I explored out there.
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:59 AM   #100
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Another day...
Took a quick run down to the Belmont Mountain range. Returned via/East side of Vulture Peak.




Remains of the Belmont Mine. Sits on a hillside overlooking the Tonopah
valley.


These various levels at one time held large mining equipment.


Lunch stop with a view of Vulture Peak


Closer view of Vulture Peak... Long shadows
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:15 AM   #101
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Very cool picture's. Bet the riding is more fun than taking the picture's, but hey, we wanna see too! Thanks for posting this stuff.
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:55 PM   #102
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Love the pics, I'll be there in Feb to do some riding.
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:16 AM   #103
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Thanks for taking the time to stop and take the pics - great ride report.

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Old 01-12-2014, 09:23 AM   #104
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Enjoy all of your posts

Mark,
Really enjoy everything you have posted - keep it up ! Sittin' here at home recovering from some minor surgery and your photos and trip descriptions are inspiring and have helped passed the time that I can't be out riding or wrenching ! I lived in Tucson briefly many moons ago and enjoyed exploring the desert surrounding that area (not on 2 wheels though) - your "backyard" adventures remind me of the beauty of the Sonoran desert. The agricultural aspect is interesting too ! What fun your are having ! Thank you taking the time to share your rides with all of us !
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:04 PM   #105
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Another day... Weather is nice here for this time of year so... I'm ride'n every chance I get.
Trailered to Hwy 71 & headed towards Alamo... Some exploration on the way but normal route back. Still working with the GoPro... Used it exclusively on still shots, sometimes on 30 second intervals other time on every 5 seconds. A few shots from my other cameras also.
Meeter says 93 miles with average speed of 23mph, although the way back was fast so the exploration was really slow. Max speed was 56 on the Alamo/Wickenburg road, just graded and really nice .



Lot's of land and a gate or three along the way.


Alamo road... the unimproved part. Lots of deep ruts and holes in this part.







A little 10 mile loop to the N and back to original route.




Somewhere along the route I picked up some creosote bush in the camera mount... and in front of the lens...



Found this Li'l AZ hot-tub Really in the middle of nowhere

They call this river the Big Sandy for good reason. Just gotta stay on top or your day pretty much turns to SHIT really fast. About 1 mile of this then some more just as you think you done. The XR4 & I were both happy as Hell to get to the hard-pack again.



Miles of nothing on the mesa's between The Big Sandy & Santa Maria Rivers.


A Joshua Tree break...


Imagine that... More sand



Abandoned Ranch... Nice place to visit but would not like living there



Cruised over to the Alamo Lake Stat Park to visit with my Ranger friend Mark. Lake is really low. Launching only from the rocky shore. He said there is still 80+ feet of water near the dam.






Back on the two-trak for the last 10 miles. Moved the GoPro to the helmet mount.


Back to the Jeep... Gone about 6 hours this trip. A good day in the Desert Southwest.
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