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  • It's that time of year again!

    Hitting "the trail" next weekend and can't wait. Spending the night in Alpine again this year. First ride of the season for the SO and we're going with another couple. Hope to see a few others out and about in Arizona. Temps are falling...that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

  • #2
    Ride safe and enjoy your ride. Take care,

    Crabby Bob

    Retired and riding a Goldwing - Life is good!
    2001 Gl1800A - Illusion Red
    DS # 1258 - Double Darkside

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    • #3
      Stay safe and enjoy the ride!
      2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
      USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
      US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
      2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
      2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

      50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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      • #4
        And here I sit, 1200 miles east of ya, openly coveting I was wishing I could ride the 191 again!

        - David
        - David

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        • #5
          David - I will be thinking of you as we ride. You probably saw that Arizona got slammed last night with lots of rain. Hoping that Phoenix took the brunt and it didn't cause too much debris to wash onto 191. Either way a little dirt ain't stopping me.

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          • #6
            That was a very wide spread rain event...Tucson and points east took the hit yesterday...hard to tell how the mountains, already used to heavier rain, took the hit from that storm...and maybe another swing at one by this time next week as well. ugh
            Ken (IBA #50030) & Grace (IBA #62768)Tucson, AZ"Get busy living, or get busy dying." -Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption 1994ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕMy blog

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kwthom View Post
              That was a very wide spread rain event...Tucson and points east took the hit yesterday...hard to tell how the mountains, already used to heavier rain, took the hit from that storm...and maybe another swing at one by this time next week as well. ugh
              It was a gusher...hadn't seen that much rain since back in the early 70's (8th grade) and then while at ASU when the Rural/Scottsdale road bridge washed away.

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              • #8
                I snuck out at noon on Monday in between the heavy rains. I made it almost all the way to Grants, NM without more than a mist. However, I did travel the last 17 miles in a down pour. I'm heading to Arkansas to ride the roads in the Ozarks. Here's my blog address if you'd like to follow along.

                http://bigleftisummertrips2014.blogspot.com/

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                • #9
                  FYI...we stayed at the Escudilla Mountain cabins this trip, walking distance to the Bear Wallow and Alpine Grill and hands down the best place we've stayed in Alpine thus far. Previously we've stayed at the Tal-Wi-Wi and Mountain Hi Lodge. This place was clean, spacious and we really enjoyed having a front porch on our cabin with a couple of chairs for lounging around. There's also a new restaurant in town, the FoxFire that looks to be a good reason for a return trip. Hoping to squeeze one in before the snow closes down 191.

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                  • #10
                    I see another tropical depression is heading north in the Cortez Sea. When is it supposed to hit AZ?
                    - David

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                    • #11
                      Tuesday night thru Thursday....Me house will prob flood again & I'm going to be out of town....
                      2006 Titanium Level 3 'Wing with a few 'farkles. From Mesa, Az.
                      My avatar is me from a recent summer ride in the Phoenix Az area:"Its a dry heat"

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                      • kwthom
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                        Yep...300 mile ride on Sunday for me because of that incoming storm; the bike will stay in the garage for another week.
                        A couple of little bike projects that I can spend a couple of evenings on while it happens.

                    • #12
                      Ready to go to bed. I spent all night haling in sand bags & placing them. Hand dug a n 80' drainage ditch across the rear of my house and dug a 2' deep hole to put a sump pump in tomorrow in hopes to prevent the house from flooding if we get rain like last week which filled up my back yard and it came into the living room. Time to go to bed. Tomorrow I got to put the pump in and the PVC pipe to drain the water up and over a slight rise into the the front of the house and into the street. AND I got to change my GW oil as I plan on leaving early Wednesday to beat the rain to ride to Costa Mesa Ca for the Sand Sport Super Show at the Orange County Fair Grounds. Hmmm....maybe I'll try filtering (lane splitting) as I never done that on the GW...(I was a motor cop and was trained to do that as its legal fr police to lane split in AZ)
                      2006 Titanium Level 3 'Wing with a few 'farkles. From Mesa, Az.
                      My avatar is me from a recent summer ride in the Phoenix Az area:"Its a dry heat"

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                      • kwthom
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                        You *will* enjoy filtering between the lanes in Cali...nearly every cage driver that's local is situationally aware of it, but only do it between L1 & L2

                        Have fun, Tim!

                    • #13
                      Originally posted by azsandrider View Post
                      Ready to go to bed. I spent all night haling in sand bags & placing them. Hand dug a n 80' drainage ditch across the rear of my house and dug a 2' deep hole to put a sump pump in tomorrow in hopes to prevent the house from flooding if we get rain like last week which filled up my back yard and it came into the living room. Time to go to bed. Tomorrow I got to put the pump in and the PVC pipe to drain the water up and over a slight rise into the the front of the house and into the street. AND I got to change my GW oil as I plan on leaving early Wednesday to beat the rain to ride to Costa Mesa Ca for the Sand Sport Super Show at the Orange County Fair Grounds. Hmmm....maybe I'll try filtering (lane splitting) as I never done that on the GW...(I was a motor cop and was trained to do that as its legal fr police to lane split in AZ)
                      I have been thinking about you guys in AZ and hoping you are not affected by this crappy weather, I guess you are not all out of the woods. Have a good trip out here Tim, and enjoy the lane splitting. It is sometimes nerve wracking but well worth it. I hope your house stays dry.
                      Dave - High up in Arizona - Black Metallic 2019 DCT

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                        Our neighborhood are flood irrigated lots.. so when large rain hits, the yards look like we had irrigation flow in. if it gets so heavy with rain, the water runs into the street
                        2013 Red Airbag 1800

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                        • #15
                          Missed us by ~40 miles or so...from the Rincons east got pounded pretty good. I'd go check it out, but plans to help Jr. tomorrow finish his epic tasks...ugh!
                          Ken (IBA #50030) & Grace (IBA #62768)Tucson, AZ"Get busy living, or get busy dying." -Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption 1994ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕMy blog

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