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I've started a new blog for all of the day trips that I plan to take on the AZ backroads I have always wanted to see. This first one is to Horseshoe Lake. I will add pics and dialog as I get to take new rides. Hopefully every couple of weeks or so. BTW, if you are new to blogs, scroll all the way to the bottom and then work your way up. Also, if you click on the picture it will enlarge it but be sure to use the back button to get back to the blog. If you close it, you will also close the blog.



Oh yeah, the link!



http://azbackroadsbiglefti.blogspot.com/
 

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Nice job Biglefti. I have not found it easy to make 'steep' roads look all that challenging in a picture. Given that many of your road pictures clearly conveyed a degree of steepness, they must have been 'very' steep. Enjoyed your adventure, stay safe. You might as well consider a Spot emergency transmitter. Gerry





 

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Nice job Biglefti. I have not found it easy to make 'steep' roads look all that challenging in a picture. Given that many of your road pictures clearly conveyed a degree of steepness, they must have been 'very' steep. Enjoyed your adventure, stay safe. You might as well consider a Spot emergency transmitter. Gerry





I'm bidding on a spot that is listed on e-bay right now as well as a 76CSx garmin. About the steepness of these roads. I don't think I could climb much steeper. If I leaned forward to keep the front on the ground, the rear wheel would spin and if I moved back slightly to stop the spinning, the front end would come up. Going down was really exciting. Lanny
 

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Should you get a Spot, might I suggest paying a little extra for "tracking". YOu push the button once before your ride and a signal gets sent out every ten minutes automatically, you need not do nothing more. As well, mount the Spot so in the event that you fall, the unit is still in a position to transmit. Stay safe, Gerry
 

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Beautiful pictures, I will be happy to follow your blog!
 

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Totally agree with Gerry, above, tracking is the most valuable feature to use on Spot because it automatically records your location. When I leave the house on a solo ride I open the tracking page on Spot's website,on my computer, my wife then simply has to refresh that page to see where I am riding. If I should have the misfortune to have a serious crash and to be unable to push the "I'm OK" button on Spot, she will know where I am. Plus it is kind of fun to be able to review the ride when I get home.
 

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You have some really nice photo's. I like the click to enlarge feature.
 

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Great blog, nice pictures. Looks like you have an adventure partner, how nice. That is certainly the best way to go, and I am still looking. Thanks, Gerry
 

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I updated the blog today Thurs. Dec 23, 2010 with a partial ride of the Apache Trail. To see the first post on this ride, you may have to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on older post. I'm not sure why it went to that page.
 

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I updated the blog again today. I did this ride in two parts because I ran out of time before I could find the place on my first attempt to go there. I made it today. Riding with a broken toe isn't quite as fun as normal. Ride safe, I need to take that advice.



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Very nice photos, especially when looking at them after 4 months so far in a Minnesota winter (-2 F. this morning). What kind of foot ware did you have on when you smashed your toe? I did a number on my foot once and since then have been wearing steel toe boots.
 

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Very nice photos, especially when looking at them after 4 months so far in a Minnesota winter (-2 F. this morning). What kind of foot ware did you have on when you smashed your toe? I did a number on my foot once and since then have been wearing steel toe boots.


I was just wearing tennis shoes. The real problem was that I was in a hurry trying to get out of the hills before dark. In this part of AZ, there are no signs on the backroads and trails, At least not on very many of them. I wish they were marked like they are in Oregon. By the way, I wore my old hunting boots today.<G>
 

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Been wait'in for an update to the blog. Though I do love riding in the forests, I have this strange draw to desert riding as well and love to see the AZ folks posting their photo's.



I still broke my foot wearing "motorcycle" boots when I hit a rock. And there's no damage to the boots, visually anyway. Hope your toe gets better.
 

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Broke my toe by a truck rolling foward and a wagon tongue falling on it. That was 1 1/2 years ago. Toe nail still doesn't look right. Had trouble with the nail growing out the first time.



Nice pictures. I ride around Quartzsite. Don't ever take the camera. It is my wife's, and I have to ask to use it. Have seen some good shots. Ride around Quartzsite during the winter, and in Illinois in the summer.



Never had an off road bike until last summer.



Usually take the atv if doing much off roading, that was I don't have to balance.
 

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Hi, I'm a new member and just got my tw200. I also live in AZ. In fact I have not even gone thru emission testing yet or gotten plates so I can ride it. Cant wait !
 

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Hi, I'm a new member and just got my tw200. I also live in AZ. In fact I have not even gone thru emission testing yet or gotten plates so I can ride it. Cant wait !


Cool, We will have to hook up and take some rides. Have you lived here long? I'm over on the NW side in Sun City West. Let me know when you are ready to plan an adventure.
 
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