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March 12, 2018, 11:07:10 PM
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Greetings.  Tank, Abuelo Bill, R_k_dragon, possibly ManiacMac, along with myself and hopefully others will be riding Arizona's famous Hwy 191 from south to north this time around.  We will be meeting in the far east valley near Phoenix, most likely in Apache Junction or Gold Canyon on Friday, April 20th, then heading over to Superior, then on through Safford.  We will then head north on 191 to our stop over point of Alpine for two nights.  We will spend Saturday enjoying the roads and scenery in that area, returning to Alpine for the night.  We will then take a 'northerly' ride back toward the Phoenix area and home.

Any one that might care to join us is more than welcome.  This won't be a churn and burn, but more like a nice ride while smelling the cactus, or pine trees, or ???  If interested in more info, just reply here or PM me.

We currently have a block of 3 rooms reserved, and at present there are still at least 3 additional rooms available.

That is a very nice ride on great roads, with little traffic, great scenery, and good food and service at the Bear Wallow Café in Alpine.  Oh, and the head waitress rides...    Be advised that every time we have been there, the credit card machine is "broken", so bring cash.   £~¥

Come join us.

Ron
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March 14, 2018, 06:43:48 PM
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A possible day ride is to loop east into New Mexico to the Radio Astronomy Observatory on Hwy 60, and back through Springerville.  Loop is roughly 225 miles and there is fuel and food along the way.

Route is east from Alpine and through Luna, and a left turn onto  Hwy 12 towards Reserve.  There is a cafe there as a possible breakfast spot, and a few random businesses.  The road then heads east out of the low forest into grasslands and eventually to Datil on Hwy 60.  Not much there, but enough for the Moto Guzzi guys to have a rally there last year. 

East on 60 a short distance is the VLA radio telescopes.  The museum/exhibits have a nominal charge but the exhibits are good as they are not dumbed down.

Heading west towards Arizona again are Datil, then Pie Town, and Quemado.  Pie Town is famous and named for its pies, and with luck one of the two places might be open.  Quemado, meaning burned in Spanish, was renamed that after Geronimo rode through one night.  Some of the other named spots on the map are no more than a ranch or a couple buildings.

Alpine is south on 191, that stretch is also part of the Devils Highway.  The road rises back into the timber then down into Alpine.  The group of cabins is Nutrioso, a combine of the Spanish for beaver and bear, and the dome mountain to the east is the Escudilla, little bowl.  It was completely burned over in the Wallow fire after recovering from being burned back in the 1950s.  Also Leopold talks about the mountain in his books, and it is the locale of the last grizzly bear killed in Arizona.

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March 16, 2018, 07:57:54 PM
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Looks like a great ride!  Is it April yet?

Well, Orvil is heading home the week before and Cliff was unsure about the multi-days away from the YF.

Let me know when you decide on the meeting time.
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March 16, 2018, 08:06:27 PM
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Looks like a great ride!  Is it April yet?
Looking forward to the ride and seeing all you old Bikers!  &{
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March 19, 2018, 09:13:18 AM
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For a day ride that would keep us in the mountains, consider taking the loop west from Alpine to Big Lake and the Sunrise ski area.  All is paved but we should check if sections are blocked by snow and/or closed for the season. 

Just north of Alpine Forest Road 249 takes off to the west.  Maps show it as graded but it was paved two years ago.  The road wanders through the forest and meadows in broad sweeping curves and for the first half pretty much maintains altitude.  After passing a lake and overlook it drops down into a canyon before emerging near Big Lake.  Being newly opened the area is not yet developed beyond a small picnic area but I'd assume once known about it will be popular for winter sports.  There is a chance the road will be closed for the season, if so the barracade will be at Big Lake if not blocked by snow earlier.

Continuing on past Big Lake the road will intersect with the main access to the area, Hwy 261 coming in from the north.  261 intersects with Hwy 260 just west of Eagar, but by going straight on 249  we would pass a couple more lakes and eventually join 260 between McNary (former sawmill town on the Apache Reservation) and the turnoff to Greer.  For a loop ride, turn right on 260 towards Eagar but consider riding up to Greer.

Greer consists mostly of seasonal cabins and is tucked into a mountain valley.  The headwaters of the Little Colorado River is there in a series of fishing lakes, and at the end of the road is a trail following a creek up into the forest.  A number of years ago there was a conflict over the direction development should take, with emotions running high.  The historic lodge there, a great place to stop and sit by the fireplace and overlook a pond and mountain, burned one night in an arson fire.  There are one or two places to eat along the road and the ride to Greer is in and out the same route.  The burned trees are from the Wallow Fire, the same as we've been seeing along 191.

As for the loop, continue toward Eagar and either take Hwy 191 back to Alpine or take 261 to Big Lake and backtrack over 249.  Alternatively, for the ride home take the 249 route through to 260, west to Hon-Dah (casino and RV campground), then south to Whiteriver and Fort Apache.  That highway continues and connects to Hwy 60 at Carrizo above the Salt River Canyon.  From there it is south to Globe and west to our homes. 
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March 20, 2018, 09:48:59 PM
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This is one ride I don't want to miss but I'm not going to be able to make it. I'm in the process of remodeling my new house I bought and I have to be out of my house I sold by May 7th as per my agreement with new owner of my old house. I was hoping to be free that weekend but my wife has me virtually remodeling the whole house, I basically bought just the outer walls nothing else she liked. It's my fault I gave her to big of a budget and she is determined to spend it lol. Ride safe my flat-lander brothers.
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March 21, 2018, 03:05:52 AM
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After all these years, you still haven't learned about remodeling budgets..   >:D

Sorry to hear you can't join us.  We'll talk about you on breaks, of course..   £~¥

Next time, Sir!

Ron
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March 21, 2018, 07:24:11 AM
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AbueloBill

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Understandable, Mac, but we were hoping you could ride with us.  Maybe next time.

The invitation is open-ended, you are always welcome.

Bill
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March 31, 2018, 05:27:48 PM
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I just got out my GoPro camera and all the stuff that goes with it. Did a function check of the camera, bluetooth mic, battery charger and batteries. Looks like it is all is functional. I plan to take some videos of the 3 days that we will be riding.   <\  /"
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April 12, 2018, 11:27:00 AM
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The date for departure is rapidly approaching.  We still have three rooms reserved, and there are additional rooms still available.  We have 5 in the group so far, as BoboSofttail is joining us.  We will be meeting at the Jack In The Box in Gold Canyon (Superstition Mountain Drive at US 60) at 7:30am on Friday the 20th.

Again, anyone wishing to join us is more than welcome.  Feel free to reply here or PM me for more info.

Come join us!   £~¥

Ron
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April 12, 2018, 03:40:31 PM
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I am one of the 5 and I am looking forward to this ride!!

Anyone else?
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April 14, 2018, 08:42:12 AM
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Me too!  Devil Highway here we come!  CCW!
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April 15, 2018, 07:21:28 AM
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AbueloBill

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Dress warm, folks.  Temp range predicted for Friday is 50º / 28º with a 10% chance of precipitation.

Sunset is 6:48 pm and we should be off the road well before then.  We're tough, but no sense in being stupid.
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April 15, 2018, 08:04:29 AM
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Dress warm, folks.  Temp range predicted for Friday is 50º / 28º with a 10% chance of precipitation.

Sunset is 6:48 pm and we should be off the road well before then.  We're tough, but no sense in being stupid.
Thanks for the reminder @AbueloBill

Rain gear, winter golves (and summer ones), warm clothes and full face helmet are all ready!
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April 15, 2018, 02:20:26 PM
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For those of you that might be still thinking about joining us on this trip that @Rider Ron and @AbueloBill have planned for us, here is a link to the Lodge that we will be staying at this weekend.

http://www.sportsman778.com/

The more the merrier, as they say. We are good bunch, don't be afraid!  ^-^
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