Check out photos from Dr. Gregory Frazier’s latest adventure on the back roads of Arizona.
- Greasewood Trading Post, where I was told, “Don’t try that road if it rains, but you might be OK on your motorcycle.”
- 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.
- 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.