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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-22-2016, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Riding to the Ray Mine in AZ

A couple of days back I went on my FIRST fall of '16 ride, covering just SHY of 100 miles, temps running about 96F.

I headed to Florence, then S on AZ 79 to the Florence-Kelvin Hwy, turning E on it. It's now paved for around 19 miles, then a nice dirt road, LOTS to see. I stopped where the first good view of the tailings, etc become visible.



I continued, getting a few more pics





including these "saguaro mailboxes"....



Soon I turned left onto AZ 77, arriving near these tailings



then a few miles further N, the Ray Mine, open-pit and 1.5 x 2.5 miles (according to a sign).



Here's the S end,







and here's the N end.



It was getting HOT, so I headed N to Superior, turned W to join AZ 60 and then at Florence Junction turned S onto AZ 79.

Got home to a FROSTY beer (or three...) after three hours and 99.6 miles.

GOOD ride...!

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Great ride to start the winter migration

Although I have had Miss Jaffa (Burnt Orange 2007 Versys) for a while, I still have a lot to learn.


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Welcome Back Fast Eddie. Looks like a fun ride and yes, that mine is huge. Still hot for much mid day riding. We will work on a morning run to Florence in the next 1-3 weeks to meet you for the worlds best donut. See you then, Chuck

Forty years away from 2 wheel fun. Sure is great to be back smelling the roses!!!
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Great ride to start the winter migration
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Welcome Back Fast Eddie. Looks like a fun ride and yes, that mine is huge. Still hot for much mid day riding. We will work on a morning run to Florence in the next 1-3 weeks to meet you for the worlds best donut. See you then, Chuck
Look forward to it Chuck...! BTW - THAT is the 'dirt-ride' I had (have) in mind for YOU....

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I take it that is one of those open pit copper mines that Arizona is famous for?
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I take it that is one of those open pit copper mines that Arizona is famous for?
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Yup.
Very nice, I see we are in the same state, hopefully I can meet you for one of those rides in the near future.


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Very nice, I see we are in the same state, hopefully I can meet you for one of those rides in the near future.
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Great Scott, that is one humongus, ginormous hole in the ground. Could it be the entrance to the underworld? Always thought it might be in Arizona.

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Great Scott, that is one humongus, ginormous hole in the ground. Could it be the entrance to the underworld? Always thought it might be in Arizona.
Here's pics of the Morency Mine, at the 'bottom' of AZ 191 near Safford, and it's WAY-Y-Y bigger...!








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I've visited a couple of them down there and they certainly are a big hole in the ground.
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