I just found these pictures from my trip to AZ. It's a little late, but better late than never.
Saturday March 5, 2005 On a cloudy overcast day, I set out from the hotel planning to ride up to Flagstaff. I didn't want to ride the slab and wanted to see some of the AZ countryside. Boy what was I thinking,
Lesson 1 for a Indiana country boy.
The cartographer for the State of Arizona is a sick individual. I saw a route on the state map that showed the exit for New River linking up with a road that followed the interstate, just what I wanted. Real simple, New River into Scottsdale, pickup Cave Creek to Seven Springs Rd. to Bloody Basin Rd. and back onto the slab. Piece of cake.
Crossing the New River
One of my favorite signs
Down the road a bit.
Here is lesson number 2. When they post a sign that says the road is not fit for travel under wet conditions do NOT go down that road on a RT.
Weather is moving in,
Somewhere along Seven Springs Road I got in the middle of a bicycle race, these guys were passing me on the downhills, forget the fact that their bicycle weighed about 20 pounds and I was riding a 600+# street bike in the wet mud. Did I mention the road had turned to mud at this time.
So now I know I am getting into the deep feces, I passed a jeep that was muttparked on the side of a hill, them 4 wheel drive cages were spinning all over the place, I thought I had to be near the turn-off for Bloody Basin and I was not going to go back through that stuff so I slogged onward on my trusty RT. About the time I did this
and ended up like this
I was passed by several 4X4's that had some serious off road modifications. They had turned around because the road was impassable and you could NOT get through to Bloody Basin. I guess since I had navigated it once I could get back out.
So I strapped on the broken side case with a bungee cord and rode back out.
Did I forget to mention the dry washes were now about headlight deep, sorry I couldn't snap a picture of them. Anyway it sure is amazing how much mud you can pack inside the tupperware on a RT.