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Short Rides

Last ten days or so have been a bit of a strain in the House of Chang.Miles, aka Thing 2, was finally diagnosed with a severe case of Mononucleosis and much time was spent in different emergency rooms and urgent care facilities over the last couple of months before that was determined.Good news is, all other much more worrisome causes have been eliminated, it's definitely Mono. In between visits to medical facilities, I worked in some short rides. April 7...clear views of nearby peaks  Mount ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Denver, Sunset, Scarlett Rides, Yagi Rides, House of Chang Miles aka Thing


Scarlett has been repaired.

Yep, she's working again.The clutch pack replacement and subsequent replacement of the input shaft for the gearbox allowed for her re-assembly yesterday.Took me a total of 5 joy-filled hours to put everything back together but she's mobile again!Had to redo the installation of the air box twice as I mis-routed part of the wiring for the left side ECU.Reinstalling the swing arm bolts also took some time.  The left side one went on easy enough with the use of a ratchet strap to pull the arm into p...
Tags: Motorcycles, Martha, Scarlett, Scarlett Rides, Scarlett Repairs, Ponderosa East


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 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 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 - 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 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 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 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 Sojurn - Day 17: Fiery Sunrise and the Quartzsite Museum

Sunsetwx had forecasted good Sunrise conditions for this morning.  I woke even before my alarmat 6:15AM and leisurely made coffee while awaiting the pre-dawn color show.I'm glad to report sunsetwx got this one right.After work, with the weather remaining overcast and cool, I went to check out the Quartzsite Museum in town.  It's a little place, filled with your typical pioneer day and later paraphenalia of life in the southwest.The building is the old stagecoach stop, now surrounded by a brick o...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, BLM, US Army, Jolly, Scarlett Rides, Sunsetwx, RV Stuff, La Posa South LTVA, LTVA, Quartzsite Museum, Philip Tedro, Hi Jolly, Texas Camel Bells, Jolly Town Cemetery


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 11: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ

I woke late but still managed to get some decent sunrise pics as I cooked breakfast. I broke camp at a leisurely pace, letting the morning sun dry the ground up a bit before I left the site.  No issues leaving, though the tires could be heard shedding clumps of mud once I got up to speed on pavement!I took AZ 86 towards the settlement of Why, yes, Why, AZ.  You then turn on US85 south and about a mile down the road you turn off for the Gunsite Wash BLM site:  GPS: 32.238056,-112.751396. ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, BLM, Sunset, Scarlett Rides, Gunsite Wash BLM, Border Patrol Control, Ajo Mountain Loop, Ajo Mountain


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 10: Rained In

Woke to cloudy skies and foggy conditions, so not much of a sunrise to try and catch.After breakfast and some work, I walked up Snyder Hill which gives its name to the BLM site I'm camping on.  Up there you could really see how the fog made the nearby hills looked like they were wreathed in the clouds: From the top of the hill, I could see over to the western side of the BLM site, as I mentioned before, there were way more RVs located on this side for whatever reason. I prefer the east...
Tags: Amazon, Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, BLM, Valencia, Sunset, Scarlett, QuikTrip, Scarlett Rides, Amazon Locker, Snyder Hill


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 7: Dunes, Dunes and more Dunes plus a Sunset

I was so impressed with the sights at the White Sands National Monument that I stayed another day and visited the park again.Hiked several miles, deeper into the dunes than yesterday, seeking that perfect formation of white sand coupled with the right light.I saw many dunes, too many caught my eye as you can see below.  I parked Scarlett next to the entrance to the lot called  West Filming area, thinking there'd be some nice dunes. (I think it's just a special lot for film crews) ...
Tags: ISO, Motorcycles, New Mexico, Sunset, Mother Nature, Scarlett, Tucson AZ, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, West Filming, Lake Holloman


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 6: Holloman BLM and White Sands National Monument

I decided to leave the Organ Mountains BLM Campground today and head over to the White Sands National Monument.  It was less than an hour's drive away so it didn't take long to find a spot and setup.Here was the sunset from the Organ Mountain campground: Staying at the Holloman Lake BLM camping area, located near Holloman AFB. After work, I geared up and rode Scarlett to the nearby White Sands National Monument entrance.  The first four miles are not inspiring, just low mounds of white sand ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Sunset, Scarlett, Organ Mountains, White Sands National Monument, Holloman, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Holloman BLM, Organ Mountains BLM Campground, Organ Mountain, Holloman Lake BLM, Sierra Blanca Peak


The Southwestern Sojourn - Days 4 & 5 Monticello Point and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

Saturday, Dec 1.Day 4A non-travel day, I spent it instead Uraling around, doing some errands and just generally checking out the area.  I woke early as usual when camping, and managed to capture a pretty nice sunrise at the Monticello Point BLM site I'd stayed at last year. About ten miles from exit 92, and after about 8 miles of them being packed dirt, I arrived at Mitchell Point and the Rock House that's located there.  Can't really find much info about this location, but it is n...
Tags: Usa, Mexico, US, Motorcycles, Sunrise, New Mexico, Usgs, Mitchell, Uma, Rio Grande, Scarlett, LAS CRUCES, Las Cruces NM, Organ Mountains, White Sands Missile Range, Scarlett Rides


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 3: Very Large Array (VLA)

The VLA or Very Large Array of Radio Telescopes run by the National Radio Astronomy Agency, located between the towns of Datil and Magdalena, New Mexico, has been a sight I wanted to see since about this time last year.No time then, made time this trip.After a calm night at the RV park in Magdalena, NM I woke at around 5AM and made breakfast.  Soon after 6AM, I had Scarlett unloaded and was riding west along NM 60 towards the VLA.Got there just before sunrise and my timing worked out great.  The...
Tags: Motorcycles, Sunrise, New Mexico, Scarlett, Magdalena, VLA, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Large Array of Radio Telescopes, National Radio Astronomy Agency, Datil, Magdalena New Mexico