Motorbike Ride to Williams, Arizona, 2012

Yesterday was my forth day of riding the mountain trails of Northern Arizona.  The rides have gotten progressively longer and the terrain a bit rougher.  We covered about 240 miles yesterday and visited the towns of Williams, Seligman, Jerome, Chino Valley and the Grand Canyon Caverns.  About 1/2 the ride was on blacktop and 1/2 on hard packed dirt trails.  We drove for miles without seeing another vehicle, just cattle and a few elk!  Depending on the elevation, the vegetation varied significantly in a relatively short distance.   Pine trees covered the mountains around Williams and provided some welcome shade from the noon sun.  On the north side of Mt. Mingus the trails were narrow with significant drop-offs and no guardrails, but offered great views of the red rocks of Sedona and the twin snow-covered mountain peaks of Flagstaff to the North.

Above, the morning before the ride, Bertha and the B.O.M. sit in front of my buddy’s home in Prescott Valley, Arizona.  As you may notice, I added a larger gas tank I had to help lessen the need to stop for fuel.  I have about a 200 mile range with the 4 gallon Clark tank instead of the stock 2.8 gallon tank I was using before!

Below, a picture of me and the B.O.M on a trail near Chino Valley, Arizona.  I don’t add too many pictures of myself on the Blog because it’s hard to take a picture of yourself, but since the motorbike rides have been with one or two friends they insisted I take a few pictures!

Above, my Buddy on his 2012 Kawasaki KLR 650 on a bridge north of Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Below, a Honda XR650L, a Kawasaki KLR 650 and a Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 on a trail near Williams, Arizona.

Below, the B.O.M. overlooks the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona about 20 miles to the North!