Jerry Gilberts Challenges

 

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Fort Bowie

 

Jerry collects more challenges. May 5th, 2016

 

 

 

4/16/2016 – Tales from the Road – Challenges continued…

I decided to venture up to the Camp Verde area and hit as many of the challenges as I could (see map to the right).  Along the way I tested out my new Ram Mount (which you will see in some of the pictures.  To cap off the ride I stopped in to Hog Wild BBQ for a great Pulled Pork Sandwich and a little relaxation.

 

I thought decided to go after a couple that were not far away.  First up was a visit to the Roosevelt Dam.

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Next was AZ Hwy 288 – Desert to the Tall Pines scenic road.  While on the road I stopped and took a couple of pictures, one of a “Narrow Bridge” (more like a single lane bridge) and a double crested saguaro.

 

 

2/15/2016 – Tales from the Road – Challenges continued…
I decided to leave work early one day and picked up a couple more challenges.


Thanks to Deryle &, Wanda Mehrten and David Danks who showed me the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail head is right in Green Valley.  One day I left work and headed to see the sights and learn a little history.

 


After seeing the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail I swung by the Casa Grande Ruins to see what they are all about.  Who knew there was so much history in southern Arizona?

2/13/2016 – Tales from the Road – Challenges continued…

So many of us ride up Mt Lemmon, but so few stop to smell the roses or take pictures.  On this day I was able to go up with my daughter who had just purchased her first motorcycle (Suzuki SV 650).  As you can see in the pictures there was still a little snow on the mountain.  I kept her at a moderate pace on the way up and down. Afterwards, she thought that next time we could pick up the pace and enjoy the corners.

 

Challanges added February 1, 2016

10/10/2015 - Coronado National Monument


Mike LoGalbo was in the mood for pizza, this was no ordinary trip for pizza this was a 200 mile adventure that included visits to Coronado National Monument.  We were very close to the border fence.  While we were at the monument Mike told Ron Shannon and myself about how they Mexican put scouts in the surrounding mountains to tell them what is going happening on the US side of the fence.

10/17/2015 - Coronado National Monument


On a morning that I decided to hit a few of the local parks, I first jetted off to Saguaro National Park because it is just a couple of miles from my house.

10/17/2015 - Tumacacori National Historic Park


On a morning that started out a bit wet and windy I headed down to Tumacacori National Historic Park.  My daughter had a field trip here once and it was fantastic.  The park rangers put on a good show and in the process tell you the history of the area before and after the Spanish Priest came.


 

10/24/2015 - Tonto National Monument


On a long loop to catch several state challenges I took a little detour to Tonto National Monument.

 

11/14/2015 - Chiricahua National Monument


On my trip to visit the Swift Trail, I took a side trip to the Chiricahua National Monument.  There were several amazing rock formations, some of which reminded me of the Pixar move Up.

 


 

10/3/2013 – Organ Pipe National Park


After an early wake-up call it was time to wash off the bugs from the previous days ride and decide where to go to next.  One of the places I always wanted to go (since we arrived in Arizona) was to Organ Pipe National Park.  So, off I went.  On my way there I pulled into Sells and there was a donkey just walking down the road.  Shortly thereafter there was carcass on the side of the road with several vultures having their mid-morning snack.  Between Sells and San Simon I had to dodge several carcasses on the side of the rode with plenty of vultures.  I finally made it Why without hitting any donkeys, stray cows or vultures.   After turning south on Hwy 85 I arrived quickly to Organ Pipe National Park and the Organ Pipe Scenic Road.  After a few pictures I decided it was time to go home, but this time I headed up to Gila Bend and then over to Tucson.

 

Challanges in December 2015

2/15-16/2015 – Yuma Historical Trip


This was a trip to visit all the historical sites in Yuma and pick up the option to visit the most southwestern town in Arizona.  First on the stop was the Territorial Prison.  The next day was a visit to the Yuma County Courthouse and Quartermaster Depot.  Before heading home, a nice trip down to the town of San Luis was in order.

 

 

 

 

11/21/2015 – Lost on the way to Apache Junction


Went on Dave Dank’s ride to Tortilla Flats On the way there we got a little lost and turned onto the wrong rode.  Once we were back on track we arrived safely in Tortilla Flats.  On the way home I pulled off and took some pictures.  You can see that in order to get to Tortilla Flats you go right past the Lost Dutchman State Park and you take the Apache Trail Scenic Road to get to Tortilla Flats.

Lost Dutchman Locator Map

 

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11/14/2015 – Swift Trail Ride


Since my last ride and looking at the map, I realized that rode past the Swift Trail just outside of Safford.  Today was the day to make up for that.  I decided to make it more of a trip by going to Chiricahua National Monument first.  After taking my side trip first I headed up the Swift Trail Scenic Road.  Wow what started out as a nice windy road turning into hairpin turns at every corner.

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More challenges completed by Jerry. October 2015

10/10/2015 - 200 miles for pizza


Mike LoGalbo was in the mood for pizza, this was no ordinary trip for pizza this was a 200 mile adventure that included visits to Coronado National Monument.  We were very close to the border fence.  While we were at the monument Mike told Ron Shannon and myself about how they Mexican put scouts in the surrounding mountains to tell them what is going happening on the US side of the fence.

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First on the list was a trip to Catalina State Park.  Since, it is close by I figured it would be an easy get.


Kartchner Caverns Locator Map

 

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10/17/2015 - Park Day
I woke up a little on the early side on this windy and rainy day to head out and hit the Tubac Presidio Historic State Park.  I had spotty rain and a lot of wind until I left Tucson City limits.  Then it was smooth sailing down to Tubac.  This was my first time in Tubac, and it was a nice little town.  Most people were not up and about yet, but I was able to see the different types of shops as a road through town.


Tubac Presidio Locator Map

 

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10/24/2015 - Mix Challenge day


Another spare of the moment ride to catch a few of the SEAT Challenges.  It is amazing that we typically go on these rides all over Southern Arizona and ride right past these Court Houses, Scenic Drives and State Parks.  Who know maybe even some Dams, but I have not started checking those out yet.

Ride Map

One of the hardest pictures to get is one of the Pima County Court Houses.  There is no parking in front of and you can only sort of get close by a side street.


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 Next up was Picacho Peak State Park.  Once you get on I-10 and go over the rise at Avra Valley road you cannot miss this peak off in the distance.


Picacho Peak Locator Map

 

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Next I was off to Florence to the Pinal County Court House.  One of the easiest court houses to get to and they have a nice slap of concrete in front for motorcycles and picture taking.


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I was wanting to see the Casa Grande Ruin in Florence, but while I was there I remembered that McFarland Historic State Park was nearby.


McFarland Locator Map

 

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Now I was off to the Gila County Court House, but something was poking at the back of my mind.  As I made my way up to US 60 and turn on to the High way, I remembered this is a a scenic road.  After a couple of miles on the road there was the sign for Gila - Pinal Scenic Road

 

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As I was cruising down HW 60 and enjoying my Scenic Drive, I saw the sign for Boyce Thompton Arboretum.  This is a small little park with a tight parking lot and today was not the day to take a picture.  Apparently on this day they were having their fall plant sale in addition to the regular crowd of people visiting the park.


Boyce Thompson Arboretum Locator Map

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Finally I was able to make it to my destination - The Gila County Court House, another user friendly court house with easy parking.

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Next up was Graham County Court House.  I must say this is one of the most uninteresting ride there is.  The road is pretty flat, straight and unappealing.  But once you get to Pima the Cotton Fields exploded like it was had just snowed in the area.  When I pulled into the court house it looked like Safford was having a community fair just across the street and I did not know if I would be able to get parking, but sure enough I was able to get Front Row Joe parking.


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Finally I was going to head home and hit Roper State park along the way.


Roper Lake Locator Map

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Who knew that just to the south of Roper State Park is Dankworth Pond State Park


Roper Lake Locator Map

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I purchased new 2012 Concours over the summer.  I have been on a couple of 200-300 mile rides and have been a little saddle sore part way through the rides.  I decided it was time to upgrade my seat.  Over the last couple of weeks I have been out of commission because I sent my seat in to Russell Day-Long to get it redone.  I thought this weekend would be a great test to see how well the seat performs on longer rides.
Day 1 - 10/02/2015


I started a little late because of a dentist appointment.  After the appointment I decided it is about time I started working on some of the SEAT Challenge rides. 

 

First on the list was a trip to Catalina State Park.  Since, it is close by I figured it would be an easy get.



 

Next up was Oracle State Park.  I figured that was just up the rode so it shouldn't be too hard to get either.  The weather was still comfortable so what the heck.  After getting through a bunch of construction in Oro Valley and taking a stroll through Oracle I made it to Oracle State Park.


Since the temps hadn't gone up to far, I decided to press on and go and do the Copper Corridors.  This is always a fun ride.  I veered off on to Hwy 177 and took the west corridor to start and it felt like I was the only one on the road.  While in Globe I stopped for a quick lunch and headed back on the east corridor.  Once again no one around so it made for an easy ride.



Day 2 - 10/03/2015


After an early wake-up call it was time to wash off the bugs from the previous days ride and decide where to go to next.  One of the places I always wanted to go (since we arrived in Arizona) was to Organ Pipe National Park. 

So, off I went.  On my way there I pulled into Sells and there was a donkey just walking down the road.  Shortly thereafter there was carcass on the side of the road with several vultures having their mid-morning snack.  Between Sells and San Simon I had to dodge several carcasses on the side of the rode with plenty of vultures.  I finally made it Why without hitting any donkeys, stray cows or vultures.   After turning south on Hwy 85 I arrived quickly to Organ Pipe National Park and the Organ Pipe Scenic Road.  After a few pictures I decided it was time to go home, but this time I headed up to Gila Bend and then over to Tucson.


As an afterthought I should have stopped into Picacho Peak State Park since I road right past it.  Oh, well it will be there for the next adventure.
Day 3 - 10/04/2015


Another early wake-up call and I figured it was time to hit some of the sites in South East Arizona.

First on the list was to get where I needed to go and to do that I jumped on Hwy 83 and lucky me this is one of the scenic roads.  The highlight of the morning was taking the first picture of the Hwy 83 sign seen below.  It was a beautiful morning.


 


 

Day 3 - 10/04/2015 - Continued
Second on the list was getting to the Historic Tombstone Courthouse before the town filled up with tourist.


 

Now it was time to start on a new list - the four corners list.  So, I was off to Douglas.  As you can see below I stopped just outside the town and then at the Douglas Visitor Center.


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It was time to go to court.  I hit up the Cochise County Courthouse in Bisbee.  Who knew I had been sitting directly across from it every time I stopped in at the High Desert Market and Cafe.


Next up on the list was to finish up the Hwy 82 portion of the Patagonia/Sonoita Scenic Road.  As you can see  it just ends just outside of Nogalas.

 

Day 3 - 10/04/2015 - Continued
Since I was on Hwy 82 I figured I would knock out a couple of the State Parks:


 

 

Finally to wrap up the day I went to the Santa Cruz County Courthouse.

For those that want to know, I have put more than the recommended 1000 miles on the Russell Day long seat and it has been fantastic.  No discomfort in the saddle during the rides and no discomfort after the rides.  Highly recommended.  For those keeping track that is 3 days, 1 of the four corners, 2 Courthouses, 4 Scenic Roads, 5 State Parks

Now the only question is where to next???

 

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