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We decided to go for a ride to Alpine, AZ this last weekend so we planed it. As the weekend got closer the chance of rain got higher, but we figured that we would go for it anyway. It is monsoon season in southern Arizona, but the miles we had to make were low so we figured we could scoot and dodge the storms.

We headed out of Sierra Vista and hit our first storm in Tombstone. No big deal we stopped, found cover, and suited up for it. From there we took back roads to Willcox trying to avoid the major downpours. We got wet a couple times, but never hit the down pour.

We got on I-10 at Willcox headed to Silver City, New Mexico. Heading east we could see a wall of what I thought was rain. Ten miles later we hit it and it was dust and wind. The dust was so thick that it was like driving through fog. Visibility was about 20 feet and the cross wind was blowing 30 to 40 mph. We couldn’t see, couldn’t breath and stopping would have been pointless. We rode through this for 30 miles until we got off the freeway at Lordsburg and headed up 90 to Silver City. The bike and we were all three filthy.

Saturday we rode up 180 to Alpine, AZ. We only had to ride 120 miles so we took some side trips and stopped a couple times. This is a great road full of nice sweeper and great scenery. We seem to be right behind the rain storms all day. We hit a lot of wet roads, but only got a few rain drops. Great timing!

We got to the lodge where we were staying pretty early and very dry. So I decided about 4:00 that we need to head north to Springerville for a short ride and some chicken wings. So of coarse just as we got ready to head back it was a downpour. We waited until it slowed down and then headed out and made the 25 mile trip back through the cold rain.


That evening at the lodge’s Saloon we heard weather stories from some of the other bikers staying there. Every one was also speculating about Sunday morning’s weather forecast and if it would still be raining. More than half of the vehicles in the lot were bikes.

Sunday started out perfect and turned out to be a great ride with out much rain until we got within 2 miles of Sierra Vista. We got wet for a few minutes.



All in all it was as a fun somewhat eventful weekend 700 mile ride on new roads. We could have done without the 30 miles of dust storm. That was the worst thing we have ridden in.



SOME PICS:

http://s645.photobucket.com/albums/uu180/clppete/?albumview=slideshow
 

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Thanks for sharing your pics....
 

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Great ride report Pete.

I love the scenery over there. Did you get a chance to see the big mine pits?
 

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Another great report from another member. I always enjoy them and the pics are iceing on the cake.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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AZgl1500 wrote:
Great ride report Pete.

I love the scenery over there. Did you get a chance to see the big mine pits?
We were going to come down 191, but a biker we talked to in the Saloon in Alpine talked us out it. We did cut across Mule Creek, so we saw one of the mines from a distance. We did see the pit in Bisbee the weekend before. That was cool!





Good point RCMatt. I better check my air filter. If it looks any thing likethe windscreendid I'll need to clean or replace.
 
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