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On the 18th October I figured to make my third 'stab' at riding to Young. :goodidea:

First try was back in 2007 on my KLR650. I rode via Payson and Hwy 260, then tried to come in from the north near Kohl's Ranch. Wasn't to be - there was around one and a half feet of snow there, and I was neither brave enough, nor stupid enough to continue on my own. :badidea:

So, last year I tried again, in November, from the Roosevelt Lake / Hwy 288 side. That wasn't to be either. You turn east onto 288 from 188 which goes from Globe, past Roosevelt Dam and Lake, then joins the 'Beeline Hwy', 87, south of Rye and Payson. I was on my "V" on regular street tires, and once you ride about 26 miles in, you're at 6500'ASL and the end of the pavement, with many miles of dirt before you. About 10 miles in on the dirt it began raining so I 'did a 180' and got the hell-out-of-there, not wanting to end up on my side, probably injured, in mud. :sorry:

The 'bug' was still there, so when I returned to AZ this season I planned to give it another try. :thumb: The 18th October looked pretty good, so off I went. Hwy 79 from Florence to Florence Junction, then east on Hwy 60 to Globe via Miami and Superior, then a left onto 188 till the sign for 288 indicated a right turn, and up I climbed back to 6500 and the start of the dirt. This day was clear and mud was NOT in the offing, so away I went. Shortly after the start of dirt there's evidence of a recent forest fire, and I continued on the winding road till I saw the sign for McFadden Peak, site of a fire look out at 7135'ASL.

After viewing the look-out, and another 16 miles, the dirt became asphalt, and the YOUNG sign beckoned. It's in quite an attractive valley, a very big change from the road leading to it. I photographed a few signs indicating that at least SOME Young residents don't like strangers. One sign indicated that the road off to the right was "Poverty Gulch". At the end of town a sign showed two roads out, and I took the left fork, 20 miles till 260 and on to Payson. :goodluck:

That 20 miles was probably the toughest 20 mile dirt road I've ridden: narrow (at best one and a half lanes) and extremely twisty, VERY rocky. :thumbdown: Normally I LOOK for twisties, but these were not fun twisties.... :thumbdown: I've since exchanged the stock shock for one from a Yamaha R1, and sure would have appreciated it on this ride! :thanx:

About two hours later, after 260 to Payson, 87 to the Bush Hwy and on to the Hunt Hwy I pulled into my driveway, and a VERY welcome chilled beer. :clap: :cheers:
 

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do i see stock tires ? Yikes
 

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do i see stock tires ? Yikes
Not sure IF you're asking me, with "Big Red", the 2008. But, sort of, but not quite: they are ContiMotions. So far I've ridden MUCH dirt (roads) on street tires, but there are a pair of Metzler Tourances for next tire change.... :thumb:
 

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Hey Eddie- I feel like I kind of hi-jacked your ride report. NOT my intention!!:)

Ya- those were stock tires. This was not something I would 'normally' do..there was considerable carnage as a result of this adventure.

I had been at a dual-sport rally in Heber with the guys pictured (rode the Versys, borrowed a XR650L for the rally) and the rode was closed south of Young a ways, blocking off the 'normal' way towards Globe, etc. We didn't want to backtrack all the way up to Highway 280 and over to Payson and then come down 87. In hindsight- that would have been the smart thing!

There are trails to get you around, towards Punkin Center- but not Versys recommended. Later, I installed some Heidenau Scouts- which have fantastic traction, but as has been discussed before, it's real easy to get in trouble with a Versys on the typical AZ trail!
 

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We'll have to keep all the 'snowbirds'... I mean the one's stuck IN the snow up north...informed of all this good AZ riding this winter. heh heh heh
 

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Hi Ed.:cheers: Nice ride! Andy and I did that stretch from Globe to Young on our Great Divide Ride in '07. It was a great ride, but as I recall Arizona in general was a great ride.

Jealous, as usual. But spent too much on renovations this summer to afford an AZ property right now. Plus not being retired makes it difficult to get the time to use one. Maybe someday...
 

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Chris,
Glad you found a V, and I'm PRETTY SURE you're likin' it...! :thumb:

Retirement is NOT what its 'cracked-up to be.... :huh: Some days I just CAN'T figure which direction I should ride.... :stickpoke:
 
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