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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2024 6:35 pm 
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Feet are getting itchy.

Been at home for too long.

Mapping my spring migration route and would like some advice from the road warriors out there.

Need to be in Santa Fe NM last part of May and then who knows from there.

Looking at the AAA trip gas cost calculator, looks like the quicker I exit Cal. the less I will pay. So Yuma it is!

Looking at the 8/10 to Las Cruces then the 25 to SF but I’m not a big fan of big asphalt so alternate might be up to Show Low AZ from Phoenix. Anyone been on that route lately. Road looks nice and twisty but I have no idea about the Show Low area.


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The northern route is more scenic but you have to get past ugly Phoenix, whereas the southern straight across route is faster. Are you planning to ride along the way? If you do find yourself going the Las Cruces way, don’t miss getting a meal at the Adobe Deli near (but not in) Deming. Guarantee you will like it.

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Don’t know if you have to go to Las Cruces before going north so this might not be useful. Going across on 10 you have the bird sanctuary by Wilcox. If it’s warm go stay in the forest south of Chiricahau national Monument or check out Indian bread rocks south of Bowie for camping.Then go north on the 191 you pass by Morenci one of the largest copper mines around pretty interesting. You lose signal north of there, but you can stay in the forest along that way and it’s a beautiful drive. Going to Show Low I would go up 60 from Globe it’s an amazing drive if you’re just cruising.

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Thanks guys! Keep it coming. This is exactly the info I’m looking for!

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I have been planning on completing the 191 border-to-border challenge. May have to take this opportunity to knock off the AZ portion. Then will just need to do AZ/Utah border to the 70 and the 50 or so miles from MT HWY 2 to Canaydia.
Gorgeous route tho some may think it needs more guard rails! I remember going over a 9000+ foot pass somewhere in NE Utah leaning out the drivers side window to see the highway as I came over the top (on an asphalt road)!
Also can confirm large sections have NO cell coverage!

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Outside Cody, WY 2021. Discovered later this is where they RELEASE problem grizzlies taken out of Yellowstone NP! Yes I was strapped and no I didn’t cook anything! Place just felt bearish :shock:

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Also outside Cody, but in a different direction. So quiet I heard him snort in surprise when he caught sight of me.

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Missouri River breaks sunset. This is where I met a guy who used to guide elk hunts near the first photo. Told me about his run ins with griz. Imagine Avidtest 20 years older in white straw cowboy hat and Lee jeans and 50 years in the saddle (horse). Guy’s face told a story! Made me wish I was better at portraits. As for cell coverage, I regained signal once I was 2 blocks INSIDE Malta city limits!


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Beautiful photos! I’ve also been known to snort in surprise when I catch sight of you. And it’s awesome to see a rare photo of the three-legged stool in the wild.

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Beautiful photos! I’ve also been known to snort in surprise when I catch sight of you. And it’s awesome to see a rare photo of the three-legged stool in the wild.



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Bastard! Coffee out the nose!
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Another use for the three-legged stool. Apparently Maine coons like em too.

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My daughter’s cat (and stool).


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^^^ I’ve seen enough cat stool lately. Not to mention the dog. I’m gettin’ tired of that shit.

[edit: grammar is interesting — my mistake, it’s your daughter’s stool. :shock: Jeez, that might be worse. I hate it when my oversharing daughter talks about hers]

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So the spring migration tour morphed into the Hwy 191 border to border ramble.

Day 1
Douglas AZ on the Mexican border to Chinle AZ on the Navaho Nation.

Fine agricultural valley at 4000 ish to the 10 then high scrub/farmland until the Morenci copper mine.
Road goes right thru the active mine.

Haul truck parts. You can see em drilling bore holes for the next blast just to the left of the tire.
Met a mom out with her two toddler girls on her day off from driving these behemoths and had a interesting talk about the mine operations. Turns out they blast every day between 2 and 4 pm in a ripple sequence to keep from f’in up the geology monitoring going on up in Colorado.

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Yep 16 cylinder. Needed to haul 265 tons of ore.

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Truck bed. Cab cover behind me is used as an elevated observation deck. Bed is buried in the ground probably 3x what is sticking up, little bit like an iceberg.

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191 North of the mine is a little sketch for 20-25 miles. Windy (5-10 mph curves) mountain road, single+ lane of decent pavement but no guard rails. There’s just not enough real estate for em! Would not want to be a passenger on this section!

Pretty, high-altitude drive to the 40. Had to stop for a small herd of elk crossing the hwy near Alpine AZ.

Stopped and made camp at the Thunderbird campground just inside the west entrance of Canyon de Chelly (pronounced SHAY) Nat. Mon. $20/night for potable water near your site and clean bathrooms with running water, sinks and flush toilets. Also a cafeteria-style restaurant is a short walk away at the Thunderbird Lodge.

Next morning I did the driving tour if the North rim. Ran across this sign at one of the overlooks. Classic!
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Massacre cave. Local legend is when the Spanish were coming through the men were gone so the women and children hid in this cave. Unfortunately a baby’s cry alerted the Spanish soldiers. The first soldier up the path was tackled off the cliff to his and the Navaho woman’s deaths. The rest of the soldiers not wanting to meet the same fate stayed back and ricocheted bullets off the cave roof until all the defenders were dead.

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To be continued…


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