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Dr. Frazier: Adventure Envelope and Risk Photo Gallery
Greasewood Trading Post, where I was told, “Don’t try that road if it rains, but you might be OK on your motorcycle.”
Check out photos from Dr. Gregory Frazier's latest adventure on the back roads of Arizona.
The posted speed limit was 25 mph, and the road maintained for school buses only.
No rain was seen as possible on this 100 degree day and the road looked passable to more than school buses.
Sugar sand! Sometimes it was a foot deep, others merely a light coating on a hardened surface.
Empty horizons and a hard dirt-road surface made for fun driving, sometimes having to duck and weave between the pot holes, testing my off-pavement zig-zag skills.
The high power electric lines on the horizon were a good sign – I was not lost and they would lead somewhere.
One of the few things moving besides blowing sand was this cow that decided to run along next to me for a few yards, and then darted in front of me.
There was no shade for miles, not even in a rut in the road for a rattlesnake. This was not a friendly area to break down or have to fix a flat tire.
Remembering an earlier comment on my being “too old to ride off-pavement,” I passed on inspecting what was up the sand wash even though I could see tire tracks.
Down I went, eating some sugar sand and severely injuring my right ankle.
Too heavily loaded to lift upright, I had to lighten the load by off-loading some luggage.
The end of my off-pavement Greasewood Springs adventure was at this small village, Klagetoh, where I happily found pavement.
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