Last updated 10/22/09
Monday morning started cold, but the sun was shining brightly,
and I had a wonderful day of riding ahead of me, and the best part - I didn't
have to go to work.
I picked up Hwy 260 and headed east over to Eagar where I hit US 191 down
towards Alpine. I stopped at a nice old-time restaurant off the beaten path in
Alpine and had a filling Mexican style breakfast.
From here US 191 turned into one the greatest motorcycle roads I'd ever
experienced. Ninety-three miles of pine forests, high mountains, beautiful
meadows, jaw-dropping vistas, and breath-taking drop-offs. I was busy taking
helmet cam videos, so I didn't take many still shots, but here's a couple.
I continued on US 191 through Clifton, first stopping at the Morenci Mine, a
huge open pit mine where the earth is stripped bare and laid open to extract
copper ore. A practice that was once common place across the west, now only done
in a few remaining mines, thankfully.
Just south of Clifton I took Hwy 78, a non-descript looking road on the map,
just looked like a connector to US 180 in Mew Mexico. But what a road that turned
out to be! Thirty-two miles of pristine pavement snaking up over the mountains
and prairies of Apache National Forest. I wish I'd have taken more pictures, but
they're all in my head.
I followed US 180 down through Silver City where I took Hwy 152 up into the
mountains of Gila National Forest. I found a great campsite off the side of the
road at Emory Pass, elevation 8228 ft. This would be my last free night of
camping, and the last cold one.
I camped right along this clear running creek. The sounds coming from it at
night made for good sleeping.
This is my cooking setup, something I learned from a fellow
ADVrider forum member. The homemade
Bunsen burner uses Heet, found in almost any hardware store. My breakfast
usually consisted of oatmeal, with walnuts, maple syrup, and honey, with instant
coffee. It was great on those cold mornings.
1, Salt Lake City, Utah to Escalante, Utah
Day 2, Escalante, Utah to Tuba City, Arizona
Day 3, Tuba City, Arizona to Show Low, Arizona
Day 5, Silver City, New Mexico to Guadalupe NP, Texas
Day 6, Guadalupe NP, Texas to Big Bend NP, Texas
Day 7, Big Bend NP, Texas to Rock Springs, Texas
Day 8, Rock Springs, Texas to Martin Dies Jr SP,
Day 9, Martin Dies Jr SP, Texas to Desoto NF, Mississippi
10 & 11, Desoto NF, Ms to St. George Island, Fl to Christmas, FL
Back to Ride Reports Home Page