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Those same kind of roads that make a motorcycle fun are also the best part of truck driving. Where I'm allowed to, I enjoy putting 18 wheels down those roads. Kind of the same kind of thrill to be able to handle something so large on the curves and grades.

Arizona has some incredible highways to run. US-60 from Pheonix to Show Low is one of my favorite runs, with the drop into and pull out of the Salt River Canyon being the best part. Be careful on that part though, those of us in big trucks have to go slow and easy on the grades, and I almost had some crotch rockets try to marry the back of my trailer once.

US-89 and US-160 through the Navajo Rez in the northeast part of the state are real pretty too, and there's some cool old trading posts to stop at in some of the town. US-89A is also an incredible drive.
Yeah, 89a was a blast!

Just looked at the 60 on google between Phoenix and Show Low. That looks like some good fun too!

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Day 17 concluded in the next two posts-

A look out from Oak Creek View Point...







...is well worth the stop and short walk.








A helpful fellow tourist took a photo of the four of us-








Looking down at Oak Creek Canyon, that we just rode thru...









...and looking at just 3 of the "layers" of road that we took out of the canyon up to this mesa.






We had a great time out here...searched for dog rock (long story), and Kurt picked out a locally made, copper Bear Claw money clip, which he kindly gave me.



Back in the parking lot with the TG's. Kurt takes the '19 for a little spin. The controls are a tad different on the '19 than earlier years.








Back on the road, with a shadow pic...








...on the mesa. Toward the end of the Mesa we are at the outskirts of Flagstaff. Gonna be turning south, onto some highways to burn up some miles...








...on the 17, down a LONG hill.








The sun is getting low, and we are still going down a pretty good grade.





Conclusion of Day 17 in next post.

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Day 17 concluded-

A view off to the right at 75 mph-








From the turn off onto the 17 a few miles ago, back to camp, is a 3 hour ride. We're also stopping at a Walmart in Prescott, so we're definitely going to run out of sunlight.

Still headed downhill...







The trees/woods/forest are long gone, but still headed down to the high desert.









A look back at Sally in her Mustang!








A good shot of Mary in the Mirror. Amazing how long we have been going downhill!








Wow, this might be the best shadow pic we've ever gotten!








A shot of Kurt, & we are now on level road...







....another shot of Mary in the mirror as we...








...ride into the sunset.








Last photo. Soon after this the camera battery went dead.






Right after the sun set, we got to Walmart in Prescott. Picked up a few things. When we came back out, it was dark, the remaining 1 hour 20 minutes will be in high desert cold, 2 lanes and twisty.

Mary jumped in the car with Sally and Kurt and I took off.

No photos, no video, no traffic, clear sky, moon was out, and it was one of the most peaceful, in the zone, rides of my life.

Dark, besides the moon and our LED lights, we flew thru the high desert twistys...it was as close to magical as I've ever experienced.


Tomorrow we are going to go see the HUGE Open Pit Copper mine, and learn a bit more about Bagdad, one of the last remaining "Company Towns" in the USA.

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Another great report! I had always thought of Arizona as extremely hot but the elevation must make the difference.
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Thank you!

Not sure what it's like year round, but when we were there it was still very hot at 3000 feet, but going up to 5000-7000 feet really cooled it off. Could be the trees also. Easily a 30 degree drop when jumping 4000 feet higher.

Then at night it was all cold, regardless of the elevation.


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Day 18-

We did not ride today.

Instead we learned more about the town of Bagdad, Arizona, and we went and visited the copper mine.

Bagdad is on of the last "Company Towns". From my understanding (Kurt may clear up/expand) the entire town is owned by the Freeport-McMoRan company.

They own all the houses and commercial buildings in the town.

You cannot live in the town unless you work for the company, or the company decides to let you live there as support personnel for people that work for the company.

Even the school is on company owned property. There is no municipal town government.

The very unique dynamics of everyone either working for the company, or in support of the company, make for a very community oriented atmosphere.

It is a very interesting place. You can do a google search on it to read more. Here is one link that give a bit of the flavor- Bagdad, A Company Town


We went to the mine (the entire reason the town exists) and were blown away by how big it was. It is an open pit mine that operates 24/7.

It is 1.5 miles across and 2000 feet deep.

Photo of Sally, Kurt & Kevin looking across it-






A partial view-







A tire from one of the trucks-








They do not look that big in this photo...








...you might get a bit more perspective in this photo...








...ok, here's a bit closer look...







...look at the difference between the pick up truck on the left and the ore truck on the right...








...there are so many interesting details about this place. For example, none of the equipment is trucked into Bagdad...they are all too big to go down the road. The parts are trucked in and they are assembled onsite.

Here is a good example of how HUGE the equipment is, how big the roads are. That is a full size 18 wheeler on the right.






After visiting the mine, we had a nice meal at the Company Restaurant.

Then, back at the campsite, loaded the Tri Glide back up for our trip home tomorrow.

Later that evening we sat around a fire and had a relaxing time visiting with Sally and Kurt.


This is the end of this report. The rest of the way home is without a camera, no ID, including no drivers licenses.

We have the truck, the trailer, the Tri Glide, cash and our health.


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Hope to never have a repeat of the Mexico part of this last trip again.

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