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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-31-2018, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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a 'little' AZ desert ride...

Decided to go for a ride after a meeting yesterday in Florence.

How about the "Florence-Kelvin Hwy"? Close by, and I hadn't ridden it YET this season, so I suited-up, back onto BIG RED heading S followed by E onto the F-K.

Weather was sunny, warm - GREAT day for a ride!



That's the Ray Mine in the distance, and ALSO on the next few....





Just past there I saw a dead rattle-snake in the road - looked like someone drove over it on purpose which is rather sad. They do good work keeping the number of small 'varmints' reduced.

Last season I saw where they - ADoT - were making a bridge over the river at the E end of the F-K, and now it's complete.



Looking S from the middle I saw a 'structure' on the E bank that I'd never seen before



as well as a R/R track.



From there I transitioned onto AZ 177, and N to Superior



w/ a 'lunch-break' at the Ray Mine Overlook (I normally stop there), but today the entrance was padlocked, so I sat on that tree-stump for lunch



and then continued to where I could AT LEAST view the open-pit copper operation thru barbed-wire



then N again.



Finished my pics off w/ this one of a saguaro that is slowly "returning to nature"



then back home for a beer, about 100 miles traveled.

NICE day, GOOD ride...!

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-31-2018, 01:06 PM
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The Saguaro skeletons are really something to behold, especially up close!
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Both this ride and your Apache Trail excursion looked fun. I have not done either of those since living here. Been through Tortilla Flats, but not these. Something I need to plan and ride. Thanks for sharing.

It's been swell, but the swelling has gone down.
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Great trip Eddie. I rode the K-F highway from both ends (saw the new bridge) just to see how far the dirt gap would be. The Ray mine public view site has been closed the last 3 times I rode past it. I suspect they are mining or dumping on it and it will probably never reopen. Attached is a picture I took right by the big tire they have there the last time I was at the site of a 240 ton dump truck with the lens not zoomed, maybe a little, I don't remember. In other words they were closing in on the place. Had lunch at the Riverbottom Saloon/Grill today and thought of you.
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Forty years away from 2 wheel fun. Sure is great to be back smelling the roses!!!
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Thanks for taking us on your ride. awesome pictures.
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Eddie that big flat and smooth dirt road sure looks like fun. Can imagine drifting thru the corners, steering the bike with the throttle.

Wish Zona was closer, I would swing by and join you.

Great pic's as usual.

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Thank you for sharing your ride..... nice to be able to do that in December :O
I had my last ride of the season a few days ago..
Enjoy for the rest of us too!

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Eddie that big flat and smooth dirt road sure looks like fun. Can imagine drifting thru the corners, steering the bike with the throttle.

Wish Zona was closer, I would swing by and join you.

Great pic's as usual.
Back when I raced enduros (Can Am 400 Qualifier) in Ontario and Quebec, living on a farm in E Ontario (on a dirt road), w/ a Yamaha XS750 for a road bike, I would OCCASIONALLY [] broadslide it thru corners on the dirt-roads, both feet on the footpegs.... GREAT FUN!



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