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Old 10-24-2019, 12:08 PM   #1
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December week-ride possibilities

Hello Everyone,

Want to finish this year with another week of riding.
Where would you go kill a week in cold December ??

I want to stay only on paved roads
500 miles a day is possible on connie

You guys have always given me amazing ideas
I am excited to hear back

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Old 10-24-2019, 12:43 PM   #3
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Did that in May

just thinking any other option exists, otherwise i would do it again
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Arizona should be warm. If you like aviation, the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson. Titan missile museum is nearby in Sahuarita.
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Arizona should be warm. If you like aviation, the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson. Titan missile museum is nearby in Sahuarita.
You could even continue to Big Bend NP in TX from there.
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Go down to Bakersfield, around the bottom of the Sierras, then out to Death Valley. Do all of the paved roads there, then head south to Joshua Tree and explore the desert a bit more. Big Bend National Park is a bit too far for one week there and back, but you could always visit Saguaro outside of Tucson.

That would make a good week of desert riding.
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You could even continue to Big Bend NP in TX from there.
Here is a photo I took at Big Bend during a hike when I went there last time. That's Mexico across the Rio Grande River:


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And on that same hike, I discovered a fossil:



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Another interesting place you may wanna consider is Tombstone, AZ:





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Go down to Bakersfield, around the bottom of the Sierras, then out to Death Valley. Do all of the paved roads there, then head south to Joshua Tree and explore the desert a bit more. Big Bend National Park is a bit too far for one week there and back, but you could always visit Saguaro outside of Tucson.

That would make a good week of desert riding.
And be sure to visit the Sonoran Desert Museum on the west side of Tucson.

Old Tucson is just below it.

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Go down to Bakersfield, around the bottom of the Sierras, then out to Death Valley. Do all of the paved roads there, then head south to Joshua Tree and explore the desert a bit more. Big Bend National Park is a bit too far for one week there and back, but you could always visit Saguaro outside of Tucson.

That would make a good week of desert riding.
The west Saguaro Park is mostly unpaved roads. But they are fairly good roads. The best parts is all unpaved.

The east side (east of Tucson) is mostly paved roads. Tucson is between the east and west park. But it is easy to get across Tucson (unlike Phoenix).

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The west Saguaro Park is mostly unpaved roads. But they are fairly good roads. The best parts is all unpaved.

The east side (east of Tucson) is mostly paved roads. Tucson is between the east and west park. But it is easy to get across Tucson (unlike Phoenix).

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My favorite one was always "Roger's Trough Trailhead" east of Apache Junction, off Hwy 60, somewhere about 15 mi of dirt. But most probably not with your wing. The other place is "Seven Springs" campground and further, north of Carefree, similar road conditions as before.
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My favorite one was always "Roger's Trough Trailhead" east of Apache Junction, off Hwy 60, somewhere about 15 mi of dirt. But most probably not with your wing. The other place is "Seven Springs" campground and further, north of Carefree, similar road conditions as before.
I will be in that area in a couple of weeks. RV Trip with my Zero DS on a cycle ramp on the hitch.

My first longer stop will be Payson, AZ, about 75 miles north of there on AZ Hwy 87. From there to Caste Grande and then Tucson and then to Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Monument.

By-passing Phoenix on all my routes.


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Thanks everyone for great ideas
i should now work on details, i ll post updates

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