Yesterday (27th Dec) was cool here in AZ too. Met up with a friend, Eric, from Canada, on a rented H-D with his wife riding pillion, at Superstition H-D in Apache Junction at 11AM.
After a few minutes chatting we headed up the "Apache Trail", Hwy 88. I led till "Lost Dutchman State Park" where he took pictures, then had him take the lead so as to be able to stop when it suited them, for more pics.
Walked around Tortilla Flat for a few minutes to have a look at everything, then saddled up again and headed east. Five miles later the pavement ends, with 22 miles of dirt road till Roosevelt Dam and Hwy 188 ahead.
Clear blue skies with AWESOME scenery
(HIS words...!) and many photo stops got us to the Dam about 2PM for more pics and a chat over some segmented oranges, where Eric opined that the Versys' suspension was probably better for the dirt washboard we'd just ridden than was the Harley's.
Back on our rides and south onto 188 to see the cliff dwellings at the Tonto National Monument
, then into Globe for snacks, before continuing west on Hwy 60 through Miami and Superior. Wyatt Earp's wife Maddy is buried just west of Superior, but access is now denied by a new fence and gate so I couldn't share the site with them.
We split up at the junction with Hwy 79 (to Florence for me) and Hwy 60 which would start them to Scottsdale where they were staying, and I was home shortly after 4PM, dusty, and thankful I'd worn my electric jacket liner, and another GREAT 180 miles on my "V"!