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just ANOTHER desert, winter-ride!

Yesterday, after I "cleared-all-the-snow" from the drive......, I 'suited-up', fired up BIG RED and headed S, wearing PROPER gear for winter-riding OF COURSE!

Put in a few miles of desert which I though SOME of you might enjoy seeing...












...before I arrived back home about five hours after I started out...!

'Course by THEN, there was no longer ANY snow around my house....


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Put in a few miles of desert which I though SOME of you might enjoy seeing...
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Awesome stuff fasteddie! Winter is starting to feel pretty damn long up here, and we still have a ways to go. So it's nice to see a Versys out playing in the sun, keep it up.

BTW, your bike totally looks pink in the third picture.

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Very cool. I'm jealous I can't take rides like that.
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Thanks Fasteddie for another inspiring installment. That big, yellow moose on your HT panniers looks great amid the saguaros.

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Jealous of being able to ride, but not of your 'pink' Versys.
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Awesome stuff fasteddie! Winter is starting to feel pretty damn long up here, and we still have a ways to go. So it's nice to see a Versys out playing in the sun, keep it up.

BTW, your bike totally looks pink in the third picture.
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Jealous of being able to ride, but not of your 'pink' Versys.
When I updated my OS to "OS X - Yosemite" I 'lost' a few programs that weren't compatible w/ it, so - YES - it looks pink and until I get new programs I can't make it 'right'....

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Thanks Fasteddie for another inspiring installment. That big, yellow moose on your HT panniers looks great amid the saguaros.
That "moose" is the 'trademark' emblem for the Canadian (Ontario) Paris-Dacre Rally held each year. Here's their link:
http://www.rallyconnex.com/dacreinfo.html

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NEXT time bring spare batteries for the camera...!

Yesterday I set off to do ANOTHER ride, this one mostly paved, taking LOTS of pics for you guys (and gals, of course!) who're stuck where there's snow, but - it didn't QUITE work out....

The first pic was taken about three miles from my home. That's the Superstition Mountains.



Then I continued E a bit to AZ 79, then N on 79 to AZ 60 where I turned E again. This pic is of Picketpost Mountain just W of Superior.



From there I rode about 10 miles to Superior, then S on AZ 177 to Winkelman before N on AZ 77. The first pic is about 10 miles from Superior at the bottom of a 10% grade.



Another few miles and I stopped at the Ray Mine, took this pic.



Then set-up another, only to discover that the batteries were "EMPTY" as my Olympus camera likes to say. NO problem! Pulled out the two sets I carry in my saddle-bag, installed the FIRST set only to get the same "BATTERY EMPTY" message. OK - in w/ the second (LAST!!!) spare-set, only to get the SAME message...!

I was in the early part of a 165 mile ride - NO CAMERA....



Well, from there I rode another 21 miles S to Winkelman, turned N onto AZ 77 to intersect AZ 70 a few miles S of Globe, w/ a 'detour' onto Dripping Springs Road to survey the hill that I had fallen over on while trying the AZ BDR w/ jdrocks back on 27 October. I rode in a few miles, then decided that this was NOT a good place to be riding alone, did a "one-eighty" and got the hell-out-of-there, back onto 77, then 70, thru Globe to AZ 60, and via that thru Claypool, Miami, Superior to the Florence Junction, AZ 79 and home.

Good ride, but there are no more pics....

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Like the others, I'm jealous. Just glad we can share in the fun.

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Did a 'little' ride yesterday to Home Depot and bought TWO packs of 60 AA batteries (by RAYOVAC) for $17.99 each. NOW there's THREE sets of new batteries in the saddle-bag....



...AND I'll be carrying a FULL pack of 60 when I ride up N to Dawson for D2D 2015 this summer, so NO excuses for running out of batteries!!!

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Freddy, I'm freezing my butt off here in Ohio and you go posting this. You Sir are a mean man. I'll poke you in the eye if I even get to ride with you. Turning the blade in the wound you are.

Looks like fun though.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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Fasteddie to Freddie that is good.. Yes he is a mean man posting good ride pictures for the frozen bunch but he is even meaner for not calling me to go riding.

PS I also post riding pictures for my frozen buddies but I prefer to think of it as sharing my good fortune


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Fasteddie to Freddie that is good.. Yes he is a mean man posting good ride pictures for the frozen bunch but he is even meaner for not calling me to go riding....
Steve - a lot of these are "spur-of-the-moment" rides. You seem to ALWAYS need a lot of 'lead-time' for rides...!


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just ANOTHER desert, winter-ride!

I went for a spur of the moment 206 mile ride to Catalina Winkelman superior and home. Called 5 street guys around 10 and we left at 11.00. But now I have to do a few things on my wife's honey do list....LOL


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Wow! As the others that have cold weather at home (Snow here), i'm very Jealous of you =)
Thx for sharing!
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Went for a little 'toot' Saturday w/ a buddy on his Honda NT700X, out into some reservations where I saw this cave w/ accumulated owl poop that kinda looks like a '36 Ford Coupe (IF you 'squint'......).



and the two bikes....



BTW - IF he can decide, that Honda will accompany the GREEN HORNET and me to Alaska and D2D in June.


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