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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-25-2014, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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ANOTHER ride to Young, AZ... and BACK!

I guess you can either KEEP or RECAPTURE your 'youth' by riding a Versys, but here in Arizona you can ALSO "ride to Young"... which probably has nothing to do with the other....

Young is pretty much half-way between two paved AZ highways, SR188 to its south, SR260 to its north, and on SR288 at the end of 27 miles through dirt, forest, and high country, going over 6,650' ASL, with MORE dirt along either SR200 or SR 512 to connect you with SR260.

First time I saw 288 was after I'd just ridden up the "Apache Trail", SR88, which goes from the city of Apache Junction, thru Tortilla Flats to the Roosevelt Dam, paved till five or six miles past Tortilla Flats (VERY windy road), then turning to dirt for the 26 remaining twisty miles.

Met Steve at 0900, then headed N to the start of 88. His V is on stock Dunlops, and he rides it 'purty good', so we 'boogied' our way to the Dam, then turned S onto SR188 for the 15 (paved) miles to 288. Initially E, then we 'meandered' as 288 twists its way from about 2,100' ASL to near 6,000' where the road becomes dirt. From there the 27 miles to Young climbs, then descends, then climbs again, thru forest w/ signs of the last forest fire thru there, ranch driveways, hunting roads. Suddenly the road becomes paved as you descend into Paradise Valley, and Young. We stopped, looked at our maps, then decided that re-tracing our steps would get us home sooner than continuing to SR260 and home via Payson, so we turned back, Steve leading. When I hit the dirt there was a Ram pickup ahead, throwing up a screen of dust, so I stepped back, staying clear.

After ten minutes of THAT I said "Whut the hell...!", stood on my 'pegs and got back onto the throttle. Within several minutes the dust was in sight, but due to the twisty nature of the road he had to slow quite a bit, so I was able to pass! Another ten minutes and I whizzed by Steve (who was whizzing at the edge of the road) continuing to the cut-off where we'd had our lunch a few hours earlier.

Steve arrived, so we saddled-up again and I showed him the dirt road to a very nice canyon that overlooks Roosevelt Lake. When our sight-seeing was complete, Steve again took the lead and brought us home via Globe, Miami, and Superior. Home in MY case was at the end of 299 miles of which about 93 was Arizona dirt.

GOOD ride!
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