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Went for a 260 mile ride yesterday....

The AZ weather forecast for yesterday was mid-70s, partly cloudy, altho' the morning WAS chilly.

I decided I'd take a trip down to the SW area of AZ, so I 'hit the road' at 1000, my heated grips ON as well as my heated jacket liner, thankful for the warmth! The route I usually choose for that area is via Casa Grande, then S on "Indian Rd 15" taking a few minutes to look at a 'cave' that has bird-poop along a wall, kind of looking like an old car (a '36 Ford...?).

P1241317 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

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Seems that an owl (or SEVERAL!) perch above that rock outcropping, and let loose every now-and-then forming the deposit you see in the three pics above this.
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From there, I continued S 53 miles to the intersection w/ AZ 86, turning W onto 86. Some 39 miles later, 86 intersects w/ AZ 85, and you can turn S to "Organ Pipe Nat'l Monument" probably an hour and a half ride to see the sights, plus an hour back to Way. I decided that 'doing' the Monument would have me riding in the dark towards the return home, so I had lunch (a bagel and orange) across from the buildings at Why.

IMG_0282 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

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Then mounted up and rejoined AZ 86, now heading E.

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I stopped to take pics of several different stands of cacti, these being "Joshua Trees",

IMG_0284 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

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and these "Organ Pipe". ONE of these days I hope to get to, and view, Organ Pipe Monument, but that day WASN'T yesterday!

IMG_0289 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

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I stopped for the usual 'gratuitous' Versys pic

IMG_0288 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

then resumed 86 till I again joined the Indian 15 Hwy, heading N.

Riding in this area of AZ it's easy to see volcanic rock outcrops, as well as OTHER rock types.

IMG_0291 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

IMG_0292 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

I don't know if these road-side 'monuments' are the result of car accidents, or just memorials to loved ones now passed on, but I figure I saw AT LEAST one per mile for most of the ride, and here's a representative sample!

IMG_0293 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

IMG_0294 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

Along that portion of Indian 15 I passed thru an ICE immigration check-point twice, heading S and then again heading N, but I did NOT try for any pics as I believe the agents might take exception to THAT...., but this is what the road generally looks like.

IMG_0295 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

I stopped in to visit friends in Casa Grande, then continued, arriving home after 260 miles and 6.5 hours of riding.

Maybe NEXT time I'll get to the Organ Pipe Nat'l Monument...!

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Nice report, the riding looks terrific. A treat to see the cacti, won't be long and the desert will be in bloom. Here in the Shuswap the snowdrops are in bloom, but it'll still be several weeks before riding season begins. Bring some of that warmth up with you when you return!

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I stopped for the usual 'gratuitous' Versys pic

IMG_0288 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

then resumed 86 till I again joined the Indian 15 Hwy, heading N.

Riding in this area of AZ it's easy to see volcanic rock outcrops, as well as OTHER rock types.

IMG_0291 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

IMG_0292 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

I don't know if these road-side 'monuments' are the result of car accidents, or just memorials to loved ones now passed on, but I figure I saw AT LEAST one per mile for most of the ride, and here's a representative sample!

IMG_0293 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

IMG_0294 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

Along that portion of Indian 15 I passed thru an ICE immigration check-point twice, heading S and then again heading N, but I did NOT try for any pics as I believe the agents might take exception to THAT...., but this is what the road generally looks like.

IMG_0295 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

I stopped in to visit friends in Casa Grande, then continued, arriving home after 260 miles and 6.5 hours of riding.

Maybe NEXT time I'll get to the Organ Pipe Nat'l Monument...!


Nice ride Eddie, thanks.
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You turned on Cockleburr street.

When I was visiting my daughter in Virginia last year I ran across this similar street.

Lots of burr's out there these days...Lol.
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"I don't know if these road-side 'monuments' are the result of car accidents, or just memorials to loved ones now passed on, but I figure I saw AT LEAST one per mile for most of the ride, and here's a representative sample!"

In Arizona a lot of time the small displays are for victims of car wrecks but when we drove through Baja my son and I saw large monuments along the road out in the middle of nowhere, some looked like mausoleums that were probably on family owned property right next to the highway.
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Man I love the desert but I've never had the chance to ride through one. Nice pics!!!

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