Out With the Old, In With the New

Jun 30, 2014 View Comments by

Out With the Old, In With the NewIt’s been more years than I care to count since I returned to the Great Lakes state. It’s safe to say that in that time I have likely ridden every road within a few hundred miles of home. One of my favorite places to ride in southeastern Michigan is Washtenaw County. With a plethora of dirt roads it offers an escape from large cities and traffic. Another is the Huron-Manistee National Forest. With hundreds of fire roads and a well-managed OHV (off-highway vehicle) trail system, many long weekends were spent exploring the area.

As Mr. Dylan said, “The times they are a changin” and after one of the worst winters in recent memory, the opportunity presented itself to relocate to Arizona. It did not require much thought; Riding year round? New roads and trails to find? Ditching my winter coat for more riding gear?  Yes, yes, and yes!

To say I am “very excited” to explore the mountains, deserts, and forests of my new home is putting it mildly. If my maiden voyage to the nearby Bumble Bee is an example of the riding in my future, my enthusiasm is well founded. Getting to the small ghost town nestled in the Bradshaw Mountains made for an excellent afternoon trek. The short two hour round trip via a good mix of pavement and dirt roads, with countless switchbacks and truly awe inspiring desert mountain scenery, have me counting the minutes until it’s once again “Ride-O’clock.”

Stay tuned…


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I've been called a "Free-Spirit", "A Lost Soul", and "A Wanderer" for as long as I can remember. I prefer to think of myself as a Traveler. Most at ease when I am in motion, two of my favorite things are arriving somewhere new, and heading off for somewhere yet unexplored.