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some cactus flowers...

Went for another 170 miler yesterday w/ QUITE a bit of it dirt. Rode thru the desert looking for cactus flowers for pics, but it was a GREAT day for riding, and I found that riding near 60 mph on dirt didn't leave much of my "attention-span" free to look for flowers....

My ride encompassed the Florence-Kelvin Road, the Barkerville Road to the Freeman Road, then thru the San Pedro River near Dudleyville followed by a (VERY) few paved miles on AZ 77 to the Aravaipa Canyon Road which starts paved, but soon deteriorates to VERY rough, washboard gravel/ rock, for around a dozen miles.

I closed up on a silver cage w/ two young chicks in it just as the gravel started, so ate dust till I could find a passing place, and 'buzzed' by them. It's a very picturesque area and contains some ranches that appear to go "way back", most nestled down by a small river (creek?), mountains all around.

Finally I saw a hint of color, stopped for a few pics, then on to the state park where trail-heads start, for a brief rest stop and hydration, then headed back west on that road just as the two chicks pulled in to the parking area.

I finished up the ride by heading west on the Florence-Kelvin Road (LOTS of dirt, not TOO many cactus flowers, altho' I took the pic of the ocotillo w/ all the red flowers along that road), then a few paved miles and... HOME... to a nice chilled martini after I WD'd my chain.

As I only got a very few pics of cactus flowers on this ride, I've decided to add a bunch of cactusflower pics I took the other day in my neighborhood here in Florence - this is the BEST I've seen since coming here!

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Very pretty... No pics of the 2 chicks???
Nope. Could just as easily been a couple of old hags - I saw long hair - but I was "on-the-pegs", revs UP, bouncin' off rocks, not sure if I was seeing life, or DEATH at the bottom of the ridge... (if you've read some of jdrocks ride reports you can see I'm quoting that Virginian... ), so I 'roosted' half the gravel in that corner, and...


Well, anyway, I was too busy to take a pic while goin' by, Joe...!


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Nope. Could just as easily been a couple of old hags - I saw long hair - but I was "on-the-pegs", revs UP, bouncin' off rocks, not sure if I was seeing life, or DEATH at the bottom of the ridge... (if you've read some of jdrocks ride reports you can see I'm quoting that Virginian... ), so I 'roosted' half the gravel in that corner, and...


Well, anyway, I was too busy to take a pic while goin' by, Joe...!



Funny, i use to work for a company and my supervisor would ride out we me from time to time. We would be on a road and from behind both see a beautiful head of hair. I'd pull up to take a look i was able to see but my supervisor couldn't so i'd look at him and say "Nice Hair" then continue on after a few times he got pissed and said what the hell do you mean by "Nice Hair" i looked at him and said thats it all they had was nice hair.

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Steve - arrived home (airport at midnite+20) last night, in the house at 1AM.

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