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Leaving Flagstaff this afternoon to bike south

5:01 p.m. on September 16, 2011 (EDT)
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I am leaving Flagstaff in a couple hours on my bicycle tour to southern Arizona. I am first heading east on I-40 to Winslow and Holbrook, with stopovers at places like Canyon Diablo, the Meteor Crater, the Little Colorado and Clear Creek. At Holbrook I will be turning south on Hwy 77 to Snowflake where I plan to hike Silver Creek, a 100 foot deep narrow canyon that flows back up into the Little Colorado. Then back on my bike to Taylor and Show Low, AZ where I have a friend.

After Show Low I will go east to Springerville, south to Clifton, down to I-10 and then to Tombstone. I am hoping to find winter work in Tombstone.

In the spring I plan to ride west to the southern Colorado River then north along it to Boulder Dam, then back east to Havasupai and the Grand canyons south rim, then to Cameron and then north to Utah and Wyoming.

This bicycle tour will be my first since 2006 when I biked 1000 miles from the Arctic Ocean at Prudoe Bay Alaska to Homer Spit on the north Pacific Ocean south of Anchorage. That took me 30 days, it rained every other day and the days it didnt rain the bugs ate me all the time I was'nt pedaling.

I should make my first trip report on Monday or Tuesday in Winslow AZ about 80 miles east of where I am starting this afternoon. Today I hope to make it to Diable Canyon. (Look it and the Meteor Canyon up on the internet. Both are very interesting places!

Later....

Gary

6:02 p.m. on September 16, 2011 (EDT)
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Very cool Gary! Have a safe trip. You sould get out my way sometime. Though biking 101 would be a hard ride. I dont see how people can climb the hills. :)

7:41 p.m. on September 16, 2011 (EDT)
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Hope you have a safe trip.  When I saw that you were biking south I wondered if you were going South for the winter and it turns out you were.

I assume you are biking on side roads or do they allow bicycles on I-40 out there?

2:16 p.m. on September 17, 2011 (EDT)
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I am in Winslow now 53 miles east of Flagstaff. I started at 4 pm last evening and rode 30 miles to Canyon Diablo where I stayed the night in one of the old 1880s stone and mortar buildings. I stayed in my tent as there looked to be a storm possibly blowing in, but the buildings were just walls no roof.

I decided not to go to the Meteor Crater as the wind has been blowing out of the SW and didn't want to ride against it going down.

My legs are cramping so I will add more later, maybe in Holbrook

5:08 p.m. on September 17, 2011 (EDT)
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That's cool Gary, I guess the old buildings had wooden roof structures at one time?

I'm sure your legs will get acclimated after a few days of riding, stay safe, and have a great time!

10:31 a.m. on September 18, 2011 (EDT)
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My bike on I-40 about 10 mile east of the San Francisco Peaks


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Sunset Friday near Canyon Diablo


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Canyon Diablo


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My camp in one of the old 1880s buildings at Diablo


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Canyon Diablo town, I camped in the building on the right


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Old Hwy Route 66 bridge goes over Canyon Diablo


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Flagstaff to Holbrook and down to Show Low east and south


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Standing on the corner in Winslow AZ

More pictures later...


11:54 a.m. on September 18, 2011 (EDT)
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Great pics Gary, I hope your trip is very enjoyable.  I love the Orange buckets for the gear holders.  Water tight and safety orange all in one!  :)

As for ridding on the highways;  I read once, a while back that they are actually safer then the two lane roads because of the shoulders.  You are out of the path of traffic as apposed to a "Back Road" that is two lanes were you are ridding in the traffic lane.   Where ever you ride be safe and have a great trip, I am looking forward to updates along the way.

Wolfman

10:28 p.m. on September 18, 2011 (EDT)
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Gary,

We are going to need pictures of you dressed up for the gunfight once you get to Tombstone!  Your pictures reminded me of heading east through there in 2007, heading towards Michigan.  I stopped in Winslow, saw Meteor Crater and got flipped off by some dude riding a freight train!  Good luck on your trip!

Don

11:25 p.m. on September 18, 2011 (EDT)
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Have a safe and fun filled trip Gary. Im looking forward to your pics and reports along the way.

Hopefully you can find work in Tombstone. They get alot of winter tourism down that way. Those Eastern snowbirds love the oldwest shows. If ya dont have luck in Tombstone ya might check in Bisbee. Not as many but they do get some winter tourist there too.

Good luck and be safe.

3:24 a.m. on September 19, 2011 (EDT)
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GaryPalmer said:

 


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My bike on I-40 about 10 mile east of the San Francisco Peaks


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Sunset Friday near Canyon Diablo


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Canyon Diablo


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My camp in one of the old 1880s buildings at Diablo


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Canyon Diablo town, I camped in the building on the right


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Old Hwy Route 66 bridge goes over Canyon Diablo


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Flagstaff to Holbrook and down to Show Low east and south


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Standing on the corner in Winslow AZ

More pictures later...


 

Hey Gary,  Glad to see your on the road again. So, "Standing on the corner in Winslow AZ"..................... "such a find sight to see"............"when a girl, my lord, in a flat bed Ford slowin' down to take a look at me".............

Have fun and keep the rubber down.

8:58 a.m. on September 19, 2011 (EDT)
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Love those bucket baskets!  Enjoy your reports.

1:15 p.m. on September 21, 2011 (EDT)
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After a couple hours riding with sun and wind. Not much head wind but lots of sun!


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Just before leaving Flagstaff.


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The Taking It Easy gift shop in Winslow


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The Little Colorado River on I-40


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Little Colorado River looking upstream


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Eroded sandstone cliff along interstate 40


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Painted horse and cousin along I-40


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Stay in a Wigwam motel room, Holbrook AZ where I turn south towards Show Low



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My Holbrook Motel at sunset


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Crossing the Little Colorado River again south of Holbrook


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Heading south to Show Low


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Amply named Washboard Wash along Hwy 77 between Holbrook and Snowflake


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Along the road between Holbrook and Snowflake, sitting in the shade out of the midday sun.


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A manmade lake after rain a few days before, a dayhike my friend and I did from camping in the national forest near Snowflake.


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Artistic formation of elk and cow jaw bones


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Campfire near Show Low


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My friend Paul and I taking a break during a dayhike Tuesday near Show Low camp


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White Mountains Trail System marker along trail we took


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Strange soda(?) bottle found along hike near Show Low. Anyone recognise the grooved body as a certain type of soda or drink?

Today I am with my friend in Show Low staying with him since Monday to next Tuesday, then heading towards Globe AZ and the Salt River Canyon in between.











 






 




 

1:32 p.m. on September 22, 2011 (EDT)
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Yesterday we (my friend Paul whom I am visiting here in Showlow area) went on a day hike to a Lava tube a few miles from our camp. It was small one but still interesting.


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Mouth of the Lava tube we hiked to


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Looking back towards the entrance of the Lava tube


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Paul coming down into the Lava tube


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Interior of the main tube


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Back towards the end of the short part of the lava tube


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Looking into the second lava tube with the main chamber, my friend Paul crawled in and said it went about 50 feet back. I am too tall with long legs to crawl back inside.


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An old Alligator Juniper tree along the trail


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Watering an old Juniper tree


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Bark of an Alligator Juniper tree, so named for the way its bark resembles the back of an Alligator


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Lichen growing down the arm of a Alligator Juniper tree


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Burnt out trunk of a Juniper tree, yet the tree is still alive


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Cattle and Pinetop Lake near where we camped last night and hiked

 

Today we are going on another dayhike.









3:17 p.m. on September 27, 2011 (EDT)
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Been here between Show Low and Taylor/Pinetop Az since Monday before last carcamping and dayhiking with my buddy Paul. He lives in the woods of the Apache Nat Forest and comes into Show Low every Saturday to sell things at a swap meet there.

Today I am leaving on my bike again to heaed east to Springerville AZ 35 away then south on 191 to Clifton, Safford and Tombstone AZ. After Springerville I may not e online again for a few days again. There is a Hot Springs down along the lower San Francisco River along the way I want to check out. I have been there before many years ago back in the 90s.


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Purple wild flowers near camp in the Apache Nat Forest


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Junipers, Cedars and the Apache Nat Forest  near Taylor AZ


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Cooling off in a cattle stock trough while dayhiking in the Apache Nat Forest


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1 sec handheld exposure of sunrise in Show Low AZ moon above


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Sunset at camp Sept 26 2011


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Carcamp in Apache National Forest near Taylor AZ


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Boot print lichen on Juniper near Show Low camp


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One of my camps in eastern Arizona





8:11 p.m. on September 27, 2011 (EDT)
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Great trip report,, thanks for all the photos too!!

9:11 p.m. on September 27, 2011 (EDT)
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Hey, Gary!  Thanks for posting all the photos and a "travel log" of your trip.  This is really cool!

HJ

6:20 p.m. on September 30, 2011 (EDT)
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Car camping with my friend Paul at Scotts Reservoir south of Show Low AZ, my tent in the foreground.


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Scotts Reservoir at sunrise


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Geese on Scotts Reservoir at dawn


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Show Low Lake from dayhike


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A buzzard warms up his wings at dawn on Scotts Reservoir


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Bike loaded for the continuance of my ride. I rode from Scotts Reservoir to 4 miles east of Vernon AZ yesterday the 29th. I decided my weight was too much so I took off and stashed some things in some junipers. I am instructing my friend how to find and retrieve the gear for me. I reduced my carrying weight by about half.


 


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Sunset from my camp last night


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7550 foot pass along highway 60 between Vernon and Springerville AZ. I walked my bike up to this pass for about 2 miles from camp


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Still very much in volcanic country I came across this dry wash cut thru the old lava. Top picture looks north,bottom looks south.


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Like high praire the land seems to go on forever, looking north just west of Springerville. All the hills are cinder cones. The pass pictured with my bike above was just left of the center blue/shadowed hill above.

I am staying in Eagar AZ tonight after a long hot 27 miles and lots of hills from last nights camp. I am in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest now heading SE towards Alpine tomorrow. The second highest point in Arizona, Mt Baldy is about 25 miles SW of where I am now. Its also where the Little Colorado River (LCR) starts. I saw the LCR as I came into Springerville it was barely a creek compared to what it looked like near Winslow a week ago.









 

2:17 p.m. on October 1, 2011 (EDT)
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I am truly jealous.

6:52 p.m. on October 2, 2011 (EDT)
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Starting tomorrow on Monday the 3rd I am moving my new trip description to Trip Reporting next door. My connection here in Alpine AZ is too slow to wait for the images to load.  I will be at the towns libray at 9am. Its raining off and on today. Stopped here just 5 miles down the road from where I camped last night to take a shower, wash my clothes and get out of the rain. About 30 minutes after I arrived it started pouring and then hailed this afternoon.

So look for my new trip reports under that forums name (for relatives who are following me here at trailspace).

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