Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How many men does it take to install atv spacers...

After lunch I go over to Dave's, who has graciously agreed to help me install High Lifter spacers on my RZR. As we are working together like a seasoned NASCAR pit crew, there are a growing number of "supervisors" joining the peanut gallery and commenting on our work. At the end it looks like a state road crew where two people do all the work and another dozen watch.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Credit Card Fraud

I was told this morning that a number of the park's residents had their credit card numbers stolen so I went online to check mine and sure enough my card number was being used in Australia! Fortunately, most of the major purchases had been declined and the credit card company will credit my account for the minor ones. The old card has been cancelled and a new one issued.

No one knows how the card numbers were stolen but when I was told by the card company that an actual card with my number on it was being used in Australia, it would appear to be a fairly sophisticated operation.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Persistent Cough

I may be allergic to California women. Everything was going fine until Tuesday when Nick and Tom bring these two good looking women from southern California into the park and we go for a short ride. The next thing I know, I am hacking up a lung. Coincidence... I think not!

It's a dry cough so severe that your ribs hurt and your throat feels like you have swallowed Drano. I have heard enough about "Valley Fever" / "Desert Lung" that I went to a doctor to have it checked out. The good news is that he does not think it is Valley Fever. The bad news is that it may be a combination of the hantavirus, pulmonary edema, and pneumonia. The only survivors to date have been RZR riders... so there's still hope.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sugar Shack Ride

Thirteen vehicles left the Arizonian and rode south of Highway 60 to the "Sugar Shack", a one room miner's cabin / vacation retreat near the Reymert Mine. A track of the ride including time, distance, speed and elevation has been uploaded to EveryTrail.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Hardt Tank Road

Click on photos to enlarge...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

This Year's Award Goes To...

My neighbor, Ron, who won the coveted "Most Toys" award for the park. His extensive collection includes: a semi-truck, toyhauler, jeep, motorcycle, and utv. Clearly, he has set the bar high for the rest of us wannabes.

Rumor has it he needs a "parade permit" to travel.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Moab Photo

It looks like I am on my way to fame and fortune. The Sand Flats Recreation Area in Moab is going to use one of my photos for their informational Kiosk Display for the entrance to the park. Click on image below to enlarge.

My photo is under "Hell's Revenge 4x4 Trail"

Monday, January 07, 2013

Florence to Coke Ovens

Several members of our group had never been to the Coke Ovens so we took the route from Florence which is an easy, scenic ride winding through the desert south of the Gila River (caution: although the river was only inches deep today, there are times when it is too deep to be crossed). A track of the ride including time, distance, speed and elevation has been uploaded to EveryTrail.

Friday, January 04, 2013

Battleaxe to Coke Ovens Part Deux

Dave B led us back to the Coke Ovens via a slightly different route than the last one. This is one of my favorite rides in that it combines beautiful scenery with a wide variety of trails. A track of the ride including time, distance, speed and elevation has been uploaded to EveryTrail. Click on photos to enlarge.

Can you spot the Javelinas

Cropped image of Javelinas

Aren't all four tires supposed to be on the ground

Old railroad bridge and tunnel

The "Unusual Suspects" at the Coke Ovens

A little rough coming back

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Satellite Crash

As I am looking out the window this morning, a satellite crashes next door at Terry and Gail’s RV.  Fortunately, I caught the whole thing on video...