Mike Larson Completes a SEAT Challenge Ride:
The photos got lost somewhere in cyberspace)
Four Corners of Arizona - Know your way around Arizona!"
SEAT Member Mike Larson was pretty enthusiastic about his ride around Arizona.
Riding his R1200RT from Sierra Vista to Douglas, the Four Corners, Beaver
Dam-Littlefield and finally to San Luis, Mike now definitely knows more about
Arizona than many Arizonians.
Thanks Mike for sharing your ride with us! Read Mike’s travel log and see a lot
more pictures at www.SEATRider.org/challanges/seat%20challanges.htm.
He took some great ones.
There were several reasons for my
four corners of Arizona trip. I needed a bit of an escape from the regimented
life of the military and being on the road gives me absolute freedom to do what
I want, when I want, go where I want…I know it sounds a bit selfish but it is
about the farthest thing from regimented I can imagine. The other point of this
trip was to stop at each of the four corners of Arizona - Douglas, Four Corners
Monument, Beaver dam/Littlefield, and San Luis – and see some amazing sights in
between. This ride was definitely all about that.
Just out the door on my way to Douglas for my first mandatory stop of the
journey. The sun was just coming up and I was really stoked for the many miles
that lie ahead.
Now, it’s off to AZ 191 and some fun twisty roads. First, I had to stop and get
gas in Lordsburg. I should have had my medical checkup before I headed out
though. It seems I have what’s referred to as HRW affliction (Heavy Right Wrist)
and that would lead me to an unfortunate meeting with one of Lordsburg’s finest
Deputy Sheriffs. He dropped my speed down 5mph to keep the cost of my
performance award down and sent me on my way. I asked if I could take a picture
of him but he declined.
Anyway, I'm off to AZ191. My first stop was to take a few pictures of the mine
in Morenci. What a huge hole in the ground. The mountains there seem to be made
out of the tailings from digging.
Oh yes, I almost forgot the twisty roads. If I had just panned a little more
right you could’ve seen the road coming back up and twisting around and away.
It turns out a storm was in the making and I was going to have to head through
it to get to my first stop in Gallup, NM. BTW, Frogg Toggs work like a dream.
Still on AZ 191. Thought the RT would look good next to this old corral.
It rained pretty much the rest of the way into Gallup so I didn't stop to take
any more pictures. Day 2 to follow shortly...
Larson Completes a SEAT Challenge Ride:
Corners of Arizona - Know your way around Arizona!"
This is going to be the longest day (or so I thought) and be the day with the
most spectacular scenery.
I woke up at about 3:30AM excited as a child on Christmas morning. So, not being
able to sleep, I packed up and headed out the door to my first mandatory stop of
the day, Four Corners Monument. The moon was setting and the sun was coming up
somewhere in northern New Mexico so I stopped to take these on opposite sides of
the road from each other.
The huge open expanse of this part of the country is amazing.
Here I’m at the second corner of the state before heading out to Monument
Looking at this outcropping I kept thinking of Stonehenge.
Moving on down the road a bit brought me to these amazing sights. It also
appears my RT isn’t camera shy and keeps wanting to get into the shots.
Now it’s off to see the Grand Canyon. And for the folks who told me to take 89A,
THANK YOU!! That is one sweet road. So sweet, I forgot to stop and take pictures
I was having so much fun.
So I finally arrive at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The ride through the
park is amazingly beautiful but for whatever reason, none of the pictures I took
of the meadows and such turned out. Anyway, the Grand Canyon truly is grand. It
is absolutely amazing how nature made this place.
This storm was chasing me all day.
I thought it was going to catch me. Tomorrow I’ll be wishing for clouds and rain
to cool me off.
All up 89A the views were spectacular but I didn’t want to get caught in this
storm so I kept chugging on until I got to Zion National Park.
All I can say about this place is WOW! You truly feel small when standing on the
floor of the canyon.
I was pretty tired when I arrived in St George so I got a bite to eat and
crashed into bed. Day 3 to follow shortly...
I once again woke up at an ungodly hour to start this leg of my journey; excited
to be on the road. I wish I would’ve slept in a bit so I could’ve seen the
canyon I drove through out of St George back into Arizona.
Here’s the mandatory shot of the northwest corner of Arizona.
Another beautiful sunrise somewhere near the Valley of Fire in Nevada on hwy 167
Here’s another shot from the Valley of Fire. It is going to be a hot day.
It turns out I didn’t have as much mileage left on my Z6’s as I thought. At the
next gas stop I checked them out and saw cords. Not a good thing to notice at
0730 on a Sunday morning near Las Vegas. It was good that I discovered it
though. I would’ve hated to have a break down in the desert. Anyway, after going
to two large motorcycle outlets and discovering that it takes a special tool to
take the wheels off, I found a place called the Motorcycle Tire Center on
Charleston Blvd in Vegas. It is a cool small store that really has an old home
feel. The owners are both retired and decided to buy this shop. They’ve been on
the biker build off series on Discovery building something for Las Vegas
Choppers. Anyway, they did a great job and had me out of there in an hour. The
only problem was it took me 5 hours to find them. So now it is 1 pm, it’s HOT,
and I set out to my fourth destination south of Yuma. Did I mention it was hot?
I thought I was going to melt. I was over 100 for the entire trip and hit 110
several times. I would stop for water and ice at every gas stop on the way to
Yuma. If the Army would’ve given me another day off, I would’ve spent the night
in Laughlin and continued on the next morning when it wasn’t so doggone HOT.
Anyway, western Arizona is, well, western Arizona. Not a whole lot to take
pictures of along my chosen route. If I head that way ever again, I'll probably
head through Lake Havasu and see the London Bridge. I'm sure it's much better to
look at than the miles and miles of desert in the Mohave.
Anyway, having almost melted twice, I decided I didn't want to take any pictures
along most of the route. I made it down to Yuma relatively uncooked…
and arrived at my fourth stop, San Luis. Not much to see in this town, just like
Beaver Dam/Littlefield but I got the picture to say I was there anyway.
From there it was another 3 hours until I arrived at my destination in Ajo. I
was smoked after today’s events and slept the sleep of the dead.
I woke up early again on day 4 and was home for brunch with the wife and kids.
Now, if I can just convince the wife she wants to ride with me.
Thanks for letting me take you along.