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Arizona ride in May 2024


Earache

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My riding buddy Todd and I wanted to get a jump on the riding season and scheduled a trip to Arizona for mid May. Our plan was to depart my house and head due south. Great plan, but it was cold as shit when on the day we were to leave with additional snow in the forecast for when we were to return. Time for Plan B.

We loaded a trailer up and headed west to Grand Junction, Colorado where it was warmer and he could head south from there,

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On to our oh so swanky hotel in Monticello, Utah. Town was a barren wasteland and we were lucky that they even had a hotel, so I should bitch too much. Even had an adjacent Mexican restaurant with decent food ...

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American Indian reservations are kinda odd. At every gas stop, you're swarmed by feral dogs looking for some handout to eat. Big groups of them are at each fuel stop waiting for food....

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Stopped by a reservoir for break and it was officially hot as fuck out -105F / 42C. Had us rethinking our decision to ride Arizona. Heat was hitting hard as I was still used to below freezing temperatures of home ... 

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Had a bit of an injury on this trip. I'd like to say it was a result of staving off a tank slapper with my superior riding skills while  doing 135 mph through a tight sweeper. But the truth is a bit more mundane - I slipped in the bath tub and biffed my arm on the way down. Fuckin' hurt!

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To soothe my pain, we're off to the hotel bar and then a fine dining experience at the restaurant. As usual, we got drunk at the bar and never made it to the restaurant. Maybe tomorrow night....

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Not a lot happening here but some nice older architecture. Most of the town is just kind of over run with hippie types, not doing much of anything . Pretty stark contrast to the last time I was here about 30 years ago. It was a vibrant little town then....

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Then we headed north again on a good twisty mountain road. The road surface was kinda fucked up due to the heat - had lots of tar strips and patches but the ADV bikes soaked up the imperfections without too much issue. Would have sucked on a crusier type bike...

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