Saturday, February 13, 2016

ATV RIDE MARATHON

As planned for the last several weeks, a group of friends from the Recycles Quad Club in Florence, AZ joined Aileen and I for several days of riding.  We had met a nice couple in the campground here who are from Alberta and invited them to join us.  Day one had eight machines riding on Wednesday, day 1 then fifteen on Thursday, day 2 and twelve yesterday.  We went mostly different directions every day and each day had quite different terrain.  I think most riders went away quite pleased with their experience.  John and Micky brought their Class A and parked near us and rode all three days.  Jerry and Donna came later on Wednesday and parked close by in their B+ motor home.  Since they only rode Thursday and Friday, they came along with Aileen and I today on an exploratory ride looking for ideas for next year.  I was very impressed that Aileen was able to ride four days in a row.  I kept the ride lengths down so we had lots of time to stop and look at things as well as socialize and I think most people were fine with that.  Today's ride was longer and somewhat faster than I would take a larger group but it seemed to work fine with just the two of us.
We are staying over in the Quartzsite area for a few more days before heading back to Florence for the rest of our time down south.  We are planning on leaving shortly after the middle of March and hope to do some exploring on the way north before we get to the cold climate.

We were fortunate to see three nice Bighorn rams on day 1 and they did a pretty good job of posing



This was our day 1 lunch stop

This was the end of the road for day 1

This was a good spot to rest while some of the others explored the area

On day 2, we went south, the opposite direction.  We went along those hills to the right and around the end through Boyer Gap then through Diablo Pass which took us behind those hills making a nice circle route.

Looking back as we approach the hills

We had some beautiful ridges to ride

As well as some gnarlies

In my scouting, I had stumbled on these out of sight of the road, thus mostly undisturbed, diggings, which yielded some nice coloured rocks

Our afternoon stop was at another mine with some more very interesting rocks

We started day 3 playing in some small dunes.  Sandi was having a great time.

Our friend Dave used my camera to take some photos of me so I could get some images to share

Yes, I am having fun!

After the dunes, we carried on along the west side of the mountains until we were able to pass through them this side of the Four Peaks, this being the dominant peak with the others strung out behind it.

We had an afternoon stop at these red rocks

This is looking north along the eastern side of the hills

At the end of day 3 Micky, Aileen and Donna contributed supper for all of us.  Our motor home is barely visible through the tree behind Dave in the orange shirt.  This is our big patio!