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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-04-2019, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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looking for (or is that - AT?) flowers in early March!

Yesterday had all the appearance of being ANOTHER warm day, so I was "out-the-door" at 1000 hrs, headed for the Coolidge Dam.

So far (due to the early rains I think...) there've been LOTS of flowers along the roads, MONTHS EARLIER THAN IN OTHER YEARS (for me), IN AZ, so I wasn't expecting much different - I posted pics of various colorful stuff, including poppies, in earlier "RIDE REPORTS" this season, but I was unprepared for what I SOON viewed.

Just E of Globe I transitioned onto AZ 70, and pretty much from the time I was past the Globe airport I was seeing LOTS of those orange poppies in the ditches,





then, nearing San Carlos (on the Apache San Carlos Reservation) I saw MOUNTAINS covered in them!





At San Carlos I took the exit for AZ 170, the road to the Coolidge Dam, and saw this just N of me



then, nearing the Dam, this....



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I pulled onto the road across the Dam, parked BIG RED, then took a few more pics. This is the view downstream from it.



While these are OF the dam itself and the San Carlos Lake











...and here's a gratuitous shot of the Versys......, unfortunately ALSO showing some extra "embellishments" added w/ 'rattle-cans' by 'persons unknown'.



Two officers from the San Carlos police stopped for a chat, so I mentioned the 'tagging' - they said that it's a pretty big problem here, regrettably, then we chatted about taking pics, and the flowers.

They waved, then headed S. I suited-up, got back on, set my GPS to take me home, riding back N on AZ 170.

Just back enroute to San Carlos I took a FEW more 'poppy pics'







then got into the "get-home" mode (despite some significant gusty, turbulent winds...), stopping for gas in Superior, and taking the picturesque road N thru Queen Valley to the W Silver King Road, follower by El Camino Viejo Road and back S on AZ 79 and home (NICE way to add 20 minutes to a ride!...)

Got back home at 1430, 188.8 miles behind me, in 4.5 hours!

GREAT day for riding...!
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sure look like a rough country side...beautiful landscape.

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I think I've been to that dam.

Wait... No, I think I've only been there in Fallout New Vegas.

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Nice pics Eddie......thanks for the ride. We're supposed to get another 6" tonight........damn.
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a little "EXTRA"...

When I posted pics of the Gila River in 'flood', I expected to see that the Coolidge Dam was sending LOTS of water down the flumes - I was quite surprised to NOT see ANY out its outflow....



BELOW are some pics of the Gila River in flood....
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Nothing more amazing in Mother Natures arsenal than a desert bloom. Nice riding!
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