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The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 52: Back in Sun City

Left the boondocking site near the Painted Rock Petroglyph campground today just before noon.  I should probably have waited a bit longer for the water that fell yesterday to dry up.Getting out of the site was no problem, there was a layer of rock laid on top of the sandy ground.The dirt road leading back to the campground was another story.  I could feel the wheels wiggling a bit in the softer spots that "looked OK" but the worst parts were the large puddles.Some of them were wide enough, long ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sun City, Denver, Scarlett, RV Trips, Painted Rock Petroglyph


The Southwestern Sojourn - Days 50 & 51 An Unlisted BLM site and Rain

Monday, JAN 14Decided the Painted Rock Petroglyph had become a bit crowded for me as more RVs had taken up residence.During Sunday's riding, I'd found some seemingly suitable spots along Rocky Point Road, on BLM land (according the map provided by allstays.com) with good cell signal.I packed up Uma the URRV and dragging Scarlett along on her trailer, we left the campground and found us a good spot perhaps 5-6 miles west on Rocky Point Road.  Looking east, you can see the hills near the Petrog...
Tags: Motorcycles, Sunrise, BLM, Sun City, Sunset, Scarlett, Rocky Point Road, RV Trips, Painted Rock Petroglyph, Rocky Point Road Looking, Petroglyph Campground Southern


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 49: Uraling along Painted Rock Dam Road

Today's riding involved exploring the trails around the campground.Not much to report, I kept encountering either "no motorized travel" signs or private property signs and ended up turning back.  Looking west from near the campground, that't Oatman Mountain on the right. I decided to head west, along Painted Rock Dam Road, past the turn off for Oatman Mountain I'd explored earlier. Went as far as 17 miles, to Hyder Road where it parallels a railroad track that was marked as "out of serv...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Google Maps, Sunset, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Oatman Mountain, Painted Rock Dam Road, Hyder Road


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 49: Uraling along Rocky Point Road

Today's riding involved exploring the trails around the campground.Not much to report, I kept encountering either "no motorized travel" signs or private property signs and ended up turning back.  Looking west from near the campground, that't Oatman Mountain on the right. I decided to head west, along Rocky Point Road, past the turn off for Oatman Mountain I'd explored earlier. Went as far as 17 miles, to Hyder Road where it parallels a railroad track that was marked as "out of service"....
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Google Maps, Sunset, Rocky Point Road, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Oatman Mountain, Hyder Road


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 48: Gila Bend Museum and other sights

This morning, I rode Scarlett the 25 miles or so to the nearby highway junction town of Gila Bend after a pretty good sunrise: The town, as I understand it, has basically been the junction point of travel technologies over the history of the region.  From wagons, to trains, and now auto highways, Gila Bend, has functioned as a meeting point.I got some groceries and then toured the museum at the city's visitor center.It's a small museum, basically contained in one large room that is part...
Tags: Mexico, US, Alaska, Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Bulls, Martha, Scarlett, Gila Bend, Oatman, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Oatman Mountain, Gadsen Purchase, Sisson Road


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 47: Painted Rock Petroglyph Campground, Day 2

Decided to hang out another day at the campground after all.  It promised to be a sunny and warm day with some clouds.Dawn came and while started clear, a low layer of fog moved through the valley as I waited for the sun to show itself.  It made for some nice lighting in spite of the lack of clouds overhead: As the fog grew thicker, it made the nearby hills and distant peaks appear to be afloat on clouds.  Oatman Mountain  The fog got higher and partially blocked the sun as it finally...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Sunset, Dawn, Gila River, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 46: Painted Rock Petroglyph Site and Campground

Left the Cottonwood Canyon Road BLM campsite today and found a spot at the Painted Rock Petroglyph Site and Campground about 15 miles west of Gila Bend, AZ.It's a BLM campground, featuring nice big spots with space between the sites and pretty level as well.  For the $8 camping fee, there's pit toilets and a garbage dumpster along with a camp host.  Not bad.  It wasn't crowded, perhaps slightly less than half full.It's right next to the Painted Rock Petroglyph site itself.From wikipedia:  LINKTh...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunset, Scarlett, Bureau of Land Management BLM, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Cottonwood Canyon Road BLM, Gila Bend AZ, Theba Arizona, Oatman Mountain, Painted Rock Dam, Corps of Engineers Returning


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 45: Maintenance Day

A cloudy day with wind making the temperatures which reached the mid-60s seem cooler.Still the clouds made for a nice sunrise: Found there were tasks to be done on Scarlett, the 2014 Ural Sidecar Rig and I spent some time at the hardware store in nearby Florence, AZ sourcing the right bolt.One of the two bolts which held the starter motor in place had fallen off and I noticed it this morning.  I think I failed to secure it properly while working on the failed clutch parts last month.  Sigh....
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Florence, Sunset, Scarlett, Scarlett Rides, Scarlett Repairs, RV Trips, Florence AZ


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 44: Checking out Cottonwood Canyon

Today was the day to ride Scarlett to see what lay to the east along Cottonwood Canyon Road.Turns out, I didn't get very far.One road turned out to be blocked, there's apparently some kind of livestock operation behind locked gates.Further on, the road got bad really fast....and I wasn't up to a kidney busting ride today and so I stopped early on for this picture. Going back to the fork in the road, I took the one on the right instead and wound up stopped by the entrance to an open pit quarry...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Sunset, Scarlett, Scarlett Rides, Cottonwood Canyon, RV Trips, Cottonwood Canyon Road Turns


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 43: Miami

Jan 07Miami, Arizona that is.  More on this name in a bit. After two days of overcast skies, I woke to a clear sky! Having spent my teenage years in Miami, FL....I tend to notice when other locales are named the same, such as the one in Ohio.Today I rode Scarlett over to US Highway 60 and headed east towards the town of Miami, passing Superior along the way and turning around eventually at Globe, AZ. Copper Boomtown Miami  Catholic Shrine by the Miami welcome sign How the town got ...
Tags: Colorado, US, Motorcycles, Arizona, Army, Miami, Sunrise, US Army, Sunset, Devil, Scarlett, Cripple Creek, Scarlett Rides, Cottonwood Canyon, RV Trips, Globe AZ Copper Boomtown Miami Catholic Shrine


The Southwestern Sojourn - Days 37 - 42: Sun City and back on the road.

Martha and I spent Jan 1-4 visiting with her sister's family, her dad and local friends as well.Martha's sister, Laura, Husband Andy and son Greg all flew back to Michigan on Wednesday.  Martha and I hung out at her dad's place, just relaxing really, getting some chores done while there.Saturday, Jan 5We got the URRV ready to roll in the morning, filled up with water from Martha's dad's home and left soon afterwards.  We found a spot, enroute to the next campsite, to dump tanks, gas up both in t...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Arizona, Miami, Michigan, BLM, Sun City, Florence, Sunset, Greg, Abraham Lincoln, Martha, Scarlett, Poston, Scarlett Rides, Cottonwood Canyon


The Southwestern Sojourn - Days 35 & 36 Sun City

Jan 01Happy New Year Folks!Here's the first sunrise pic for 2019, taken in the parking lot of my FIL's snowbird home in Sun City, AZ.We are visiting, along with Martha's sister and her family, for a few days. Here's a pic of the group, taken by my nephew Greg, of the New Year's Eve dinner at my FIL's home: Laura, Andy, Richard, yours truly and Martha No plans for much riding, just hanging with the relatives mostly. We'll be here this week, Martha returns home Saturday and I will resume ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Sun City, Greg, Martha, RV Trips, Laura Andy Richard


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 33: Wickenburg and Vulture City

Mellow day today, Martha and I rode Scarlett about 60 miles to the tourist town of Wickenburg.Temperatures were in the high 40s as we wandered about for a bit, checking the shops that interested Martha and some of the sights.  Alas, not much picture taking was done, but I did get one of the Jail Tree: The Jail Tree Wickenburg was one of the towns I visited a little over a year ago while I was in Arizona to help take care of my FIL:  LINK We had lunch at a Chinese restaurant and then head...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunset, Phoenix, Martha, Scarlett, Wickenburg, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Wickenburg Temperatures, Vulture City, Henry Wickenburg, Wells Fargo Post Weekly Weigh


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 32 Travel Day to Tonopah, AZ

Dec 29We displaced from the Needle Mountain Road BLM area this morning and headed east and south towards a BLM area I'd boondocked in last year.  Its south of Tonopah, AZ, lots of space, found a smoother road in (last year I picked the worst possible road apparently) and joined the several RVs already onsite.Our sunset on DEC 28: Along the way, we dumped tanks and took on water at the Cattails Cove State Park along US 95.  $15 and the attendant made sure to tell us that this did NOT inclu...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunset, Tonopah, RV Trips, Needle Mountain Road BLM, Cattails Cove State Park, Scarlett Sunset


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 31: Oatman, AZ and its Burros

After a leisurely breakfast and after Martha returned from the truck stop 7 miles away where she got herself a Truck Stop Shower....we headed out in two vehicles towards Oatman, AZ about 26 miles away.It was very windy and I was having to concentrate and react constantly to strong gusts of winds that threatened to blow Scarlett to one side or other of the road. Martha was driving the rental car, as this ride was a further test of my repairs yesterday.  I'm happy to report all is well on those.W...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunset, Martha, Clark Gable, Scarlett, Lake Havasu City, Oatman, Carole Lombard, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, URRV, Oatman AZ, Golden Shores


The Southwestern Sojourn - Days 29 & 30: Travel Day and Scarlett breaks at the London Bridge

Wednesday Dec 26After we dropped off Patrick at the airport in Las Vegas, Martha and I were quite fed up with Las Vegas and its crowds and traffic.Instead of waiting till Thursday, we packed up the URRV soon as we got back to it and headed south on US95 towards Lake Havasu.Soon, we were finally back within the confines of Arizona's border and had found a boondocking spot off of exit 4 on eastbound I-40.  There were at least five or six more RVs already camped out in the area but we got a good sp...
Tags: London, Colorado, Walmart, Motorcycles, Arizona, Las Vegas, BLM, Sunset, London Bridge, Patrick, Martha, Ural, Randy, Scarlett, Lake Havasu City, Thames River


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 28: Merry Christmas!

Christmas Day in Las Vegas. Definitely different than our life in Colorado.First, a pretty cloudy but nice sunrise: Martha and I then drove the rental car over to the Mob Museum, which proved to be OK but you really have to be interested in the Mob itself.  We were kind of hoping more for the Mob's history with Las Vegas. Not a lot to photograph really, lots of photos of criminals, some videos, a display of a "speakeasy" of the Prohibition days (an event which helped grow the mob inmense...
Tags: Motorcycles, Sunrise, Las Vegas, Nevada, Sunset, Las Vegas Strip, Trump, Miles, Patrick, Martha, Trump hotel, Centennial, Sugar Factory, RV Trips, Colorado First, Trump International Hotel Martha


The Southwestern Sojourn - Days 25-27: Back in Las Vegas area, Martha and Patrick fly in, and the Hoover Dam

Dec 22:  Drove from Death Valley area back to the Las Vegas area.  The Red Canyon BLM campground I planned to stay at was closed due to the government shutdown annual tradition.So I went with plan B and went back to the Dry Lake Bed BLM camping area south of Henderson and Boulder City, NV.  I like the spot, good signal and still pretty much had my own personal portion of it all to myself.Not much to report for today, had a good sunset though: Dec 23:  Martha and Patrick flew in from Colorad...
Tags: Colorado, California, Motorcycles, Ibm, Las Vegas, Nevada, BLM, Death Valley, Trump, Henderson, Miles, New York New York, Boulder City, Mike, Patrick, Trump International Hotel


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 24: Echo Canyon, more 20 Mule Team Canyon and a Solstice Moonrise

The official start of Winter found Scarlett and I riding once again back into the Death Valley National Park: Today's main objective was to traverse the first 6 miles or so of Echo Canyon.  Again, at the advise of Dave H. aka Mr C.O.B. of SovietSteeds fame.  His warning here was to be sure to maintain momentum during the patches of deep and loose gravel; boy was he right! Today was another day that I was very glad Scarlett had 2WD, tried the loose gravel without it, much harder without 2WD and ...
Tags: California, Dave, Motorcycles, Las Vegas, Nevada, Death Valley National Park, Scarlett, Scarlett Rides, Echo Canyon, Death Valley Junction, Zabriskie Point, RV Trips, Mule Team Canyon, Mouth of Echo Canyon, Amargosa Opera


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 23: Death Valley: Dante's View and Badwater Road

Work took longer to get through today so didn't get all my riding objectives accomplished.First, Scarlett and I rode over to Dante's View which is about 13 miles along the Furnace Creek Wash Road.  Nicely paved, very twisty at times and the last quarter mile is pretty steep.  (Sign said 15% slope)You emerge onto a medium sized parking area with an observation balcony.  It's truly quite the view.I elected however to move away from the slight crowds and walked along a ridgeline path down to better...
Tags: California, Motorcycles, Dante, Death Valley, Scarlett, Scarlett Rides, Sign, Furnace Creek, Badwater Road, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley Badwater, RV Trips, Furnace Creek Wash Road, Badwater Parking


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 22: Death Valley National Park

Woke early as usual when camping and shot the sunrise from the Dry Lake Bed BLM site near Boulder City, NV.I must remember to try to park Uma, the URRV, pointing either north or south....makes for better sunrise/sunset pics. I left the site right at 9 AM and hoping the morning rush with Las Vegas traffic had ended by then.  Transiting the Vegas metro area via the I-215 beltway proved relatively painless, with no traffic jams.Drove without incidence all the way to the planned BLM spot but ...
Tags: California, US, Dave, Motorcycles, Sunrise, Las Vegas, Nevada, BLM, Sunset, Boulder City, Uma, Death Valley National Park, Scarlett, NW, Scarlett Rides, Death Valley Junction


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 21: Boondocking near Boulder City, Nevada

Travel day today, heading towards Death Valley, CA.Woke early to a blah sunrise so instead packed up the URRV and was out of the LTVA by 8:30 AM, and that included dumping tanks and taking on water.Drove till about 1PM PST, no issues to report except for showing up at the Dry Lake Bed BLM site near Boulder City, NV with the fresh water tank indicating only half full!Now wondering if I'm losing water as I drive?  Perhaps during the two miles of loose sand and rough dirt road that one uses to get ...
Tags: Ford Mustang, Motorcycles, Nevada, Sunset, Death Valley, Boulder City, Scarlett, Boulder City Nevada, RV Trips, Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, Dry Lake Bed BLM


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 20: Scarlett's 60K Km service and last day at Quartzsite

All good things must come to an end, and so it will be with my stay in Quartzsite, AZ.I plan on leaving tomorrow, perhaps find some BLM land near Bullhead City, AZ to overnight on my way to Death Valley, CA.  More on that later.Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol, went over 60,000 km on the clock yesterday while out on the dirt roads near Black Mesa.Took a couple of trips into town to gather all the supplies and items such as funnels, measuring cup, air filter, oil filter wrench and of course engine o...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, BLM, Sunset, Death Valley, Ural, Scarlett, Carquest, Quartzsite, Scarlett Rides, Scarlett Maintenance, URAL Patrol, RV Trips, Bullhead City Az, Quartzsite AZ, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 19: Uraling to the top of Black Mesa....almost.

Beautifully warm day today, though partly cloudy which actually worked out pretty good for riding anyways.  There were times I was actually working up quite the sweat during today's riding!I left the BLM campsite and headed towards Quartzsite where I picked up I-10 eastbound to the next exit: Gold Nugget Road.  I was using googlemaps and it didn't take me the easiest way it turns out.  Sigh.Still the way it took me wasn't too bad, though it's choice of routes did explain why things seemed so unc...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, BLM, Chevron, Sunset, Cal, Ural, Scarlett, Quartzsite, Scarlett Rides, Black Mesa, RV Trips


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 18: Kofa National Wildlife Refuge: Palm Canyon and Uraling on the Old Yuma Road

Saturday, Dec 15.By 10 AM it had warmed into to low 50s here in Quartzsite with a promise of a high of 71 degrees Fahrenheit.  So Scarlett and I headed out, first into town to gas up and then south on AZ Highway 95 for 18 miles to the Palm Canyon entrance to the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge.It's six miles or so to the end of the road inside Palm Canyon and I counted 25 camper units of one size of another, no Class As but I saw spaces where even such large RVs would fit easily.4G LTE was availab...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Google Maps, Sunset, Scarlett, Palm Canyon, Quartzsite, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Cunningham Mountain, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Old Yuma Road, AZ Highway 95, Canyon Walls, Beer Hill, Cunningham Mountain Got


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 16: Crystal Hill and Cunningham Mountain

Thursday, Dec 13.Not much of a sunrise for today: After work, I rode out to Crystal Hill, which is within the Kofa Wildlife Refuge Area to the south of Quartzsite, AZ.The hill is known to "rockhounds" as a place to search for quartz crystals apparently, I did see many of such crystals but had no inclination to bring any home.I took AZ Hwy 95 south for a few miles, and turned east at the turn for Crystal Hill.  After a few miles, you reach a welcome sign for the Kofa Wildlife Refuge and once pas...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Quebec, Sunset, Scarlett, Quartzsite, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Kofa Wildlife Refuge, Crystal Hill, LTVA, Cunningham Mountain, Kofa Wildlife Refuge Area, Crystal Hill Nice, Cunningham Mountain Teddybear Cholla


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 14 & 15 Travel Days

Dec 11Didn't do any riding, just broke camp and left the Gunsite Wash BLM area near Why AZ and headed north on AZ Hwy 85.Filled up the propane tank (6.7 gal) in a gas station in Ajo, AZ and then just motored up to I-10 to head west towards Quartzsite.  I didn't go all the way there, as I decided to stop at a RV park called Snowbirds West, located to the north of the junction of I-10 and exit 69.  Not much else there, though apparently the area is named Centennial.The RV park is very "rustic".  N...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Sunset, Patrick, Martha, Scarlett, Az, Quartzsite, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Kofa Wildlife Refuge, Ajo AZ, La Posa South LTVA, Las Vegas Spent, Palm Canyon Instead


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 13: Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Monument's North and South Puerto Blanco Drives, and a peek into Mexico

Solid overcast today, not much in terms of lighting but temperatures were in the mid to high 60s Fahrenheit so no complaints here.Woke to a pretty glorious sunrise: After finishing with work for the day, I rode down to the Visitor Center of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, got another map and then rode the loop comprised of the North Puerto Blanco and South Puesto Blanco drives.This loop is much longer than the Ajo Mountain Drive and I recommend the Ajo Mountain Drive over this on...
Tags: Usa, Mexico, US, Motorcycles, Arizona, Nice, BLM, Border Patrol, White, Brown, Park Service, Scarlett, US Border Patrol, Bonita Springs, Lukeville, Scarlett Rides


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 12: The Ajo Peaks

Ajo: Spanish for Garlic.  Wikipedia says  The Spanish may have named the place using the familiar word in place of the similar-sounding  O'odham  word for paint ( oʼoho ). The  Tohono O'odham  people obtained red paint  pigments from the area. Today, instead of going back to the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, I decided instead to ride to the nearby Ajo Peaks; Ajo and North Ajo Peak respectively.I could see North Ajo Peak from my BLM campsite and its shape was "intriguing".   North Ajo ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, BLM, Sunset, Scarlett, Ajo, Scarlett Maintenance, Scarlett Repairs, RV Trips, Garlic Wikipedia, Darby Wells Road, Scenic Loop Road, Saguaro Cacti


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 8 & 9

Dec 5: Indian Bread BLMLeft the Lake Holloman, NM BLM site early and spent the day traveling to the next site. Sunrise at Lake Holloman The weather was sunny and warm as I drove the URRV towards the border with Arizona.  However, as I neared the Indian Bread BLM site near Bowie, AZ, the clouds became overcast and it felt chillier.Got set up, only two neighbors quite a ways from the site I picked, which was the same site I used last year.  A creature of habit I am, apparently, must break that p...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Sunset, Bowie, Tucson, Tucson AZ, RV Trips, Bowie AZ, Lake Holloman, Indian Bread BLM, Snyder Hill BLM