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Dirt riding in Patagonia, AZ

Posted By: ArmyGuy

Dirt riding in Patagonia, AZ - 10/01/17 11:10 PM

The riding season here in AZ is just starting to get nice. We put in nearly 100 miles of dirt with a lot of varying difficulty hills, gullies, slippery shale hills, and baby head rock fields. One wrong turn put us on a two-track that turned into a single-track, that turned into a no-track, and finally into a cow-track. Lots of fun was had.

We started out South of the Huachuca Mountains

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Sometimes being friendly pays off. Just as I waved at this officer he lit us up. I'm not saying we were speeding but we were going at a rather 'spirited' pace. He kept going without a thought though, and we....well, we slowed down, for a while anyway.

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Following the border 'fence' it sure doesn't look like AZ here.

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I was so busy looking at the scenery, I missed a turn. "That's OK", I said. "We'll follow this path until we come back out to our track. Well, this two track turned into a single track. That turned into a cow path, and we were eventually led to 'safety' by a cow with rather large horns.

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We eventually made our way to Patagonia for lunch at the 'Gathering grounds'. They have GREAT coffee and pie if you're ever in the area...the food is pretty good too.

After lunch, we started up the Temporal Gulch road. The AZ Trail follows this jeep trail to the North. It climbs up to about 7400 feet on the trail but we didn't make it that far.

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My northern Wisconsin accent makes it difficult to understand...but just in case, one word in the following 30-second video is NSFW or small children.

Looking up towards 'Everest'


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It was near this point my riding buddy informed me that our current path was so far above his skill level that he felt unsafe. The 'road' we were on would have taken us up over those mountains in the background.

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Looking back from where we came.

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Last shot before I turned off the camera.

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He dropped his KLR twice going up and once more heading back down. I suggested he get a smaller weight bike, better tires, and some training. It's amazing how quickly one can get tired at altitudes above 5k feet. Anyway, nothing hurt but pride and it was a heck of a great day for a ride.
Posted By: MikeB60

Re: Dirt riding in Patagonia, AZ - 10/02/17 10:58 PM

Mike,
Great pics! I was stationed at Huachuca in the seventies, had a old beat up 250 Elsinore and a Kawasaki Z1R. Had a blast riding in the Huachuca's, your ride tales bring back some good memories.

Mike
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Dirt riding in Patagonia, AZ - 10/03/17 03:12 AM

Originally Posted by MikeB60
Mike,
Great pics! I was stationed at Huachuca in the seventies, had a old beat up 250 Elsinore and a Kawasaki Z1R. Had a blast riding in the Huachuca's, your ride tales bring back some good memories.

Mike


Mike, were you a cable dog?

I think Sierra Vista didn't go out much past 7th street in the 70's...if that far. Both of those bikes would be a hoot to ride out here.
Posted By: MikeB60

Re: Dirt riding in Patagonia, AZ - 10/03/17 03:57 AM

Nope, HF platoon of the 521st Signal Company, 11th Signal Group. Last of the vaccum tube radios!
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Dirt riding in Patagonia, AZ - 10/03/17 01:49 PM

It's pretty amazing what we were able to do with that 'cutting edge' technology.
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Dirt riding in Patagonia, AZ - 11/07/17 01:19 PM

Found a little canyon/pass right behind my house

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Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Dirt riding in Patagonia, AZ - 11/07/17 05:41 PM

That's a good place to be in life! clap Hard not to be just a wee bit jealous, Mike! grin

Pat
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Dirt riding in Patagonia, AZ - 11/08/17 01:02 PM

Thanks Pat. The weather is just getting good now for riding.
Posted By: longjohn

Re: Dirt riding in Patagonia, AZ - 11/09/17 03:50 AM

Nice pics. Please tell us about the cam set up. Stills from vids? Set to take one every few seconds? Click on command? Brand? enquiring minds want to know smile
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Dirt riding in Patagonia, AZ - 11/09/17 12:39 PM

John, I have a GoPro mounted on my helmet that I set to take pictures every thirty seconds. I also have a larger battery for it that'll last 5-6 hours if I remember to turn it off at rest stops (it's not water proof though and when it's raining, I must use the original battery setup that'll last only a couple of hours). The other pics are taken with my Samsung Galaxy S6-Edge phone.
Posted By: longjohn

Re: Dirt riding in Patagonia, AZ - 11/09/17 07:12 PM

Originally Posted by ArmyGuy
John, I have a GoPro mounted on my helmet that I set to take pictures every thirty seconds. I also have a larger battery for it that'll last 5-6 hours if I remember to turn it off at rest stops (it's not water proof though and when it's raining, I must use the original battery setup that'll last only a couple of hours). The other pics are taken with my Samsung Galaxy S6-Edge phone.

Thanks Mike.

I'll be trying out my DIY chin mount with my GoPro soon. I made a mold of the helmet with epoxy putty that will hold the mount, and then I bought some 3M VHB 4991 double sided stickum to secure it to the helmet. There are vids on youtube on how to do it.
Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: Dirt riding in Patagonia, AZ - 11/10/17 12:41 PM

I think the chin mount would be pretty cool and it would definitely take the top of the helmet out of the photos.
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