LOOK WHAT I DID!!!
|Bajada Loop Drive in Saguaro National Park, Western Division|
That’s right! That’s me, fishtailing about in sand! On purpose, even!
In a great act of generosity and trust, a local Tucson rider (who hardly knows me, even!) loaned me her mini dual sport motorcycle to drop*, errr, I mean, ride. Perhaps it was karma for loaning my Kawasaki for off road experimentation years ago. Make no mistake, I adore my Ducati, but there is something delightfully liberating about riding a bike you don’t mind dropping. I mean LOOK at this thing…
|You gotta love race track apparel on what I’ve been calling the “little burro,” aka “Eeyore”.|
Who CARES if it falls? And it’s so light, I could land it upside down in a ravine and still be able to haul it out. (Maybe.) This bike is everything the Ducati is not: Ugly, utterly devoid of any power, eminently droppable and fixable with a plastic spork. I LOVE it!
Remarkably, I would actually voluntarily repeat this activity.
So I did! This time up Redington Pass. No deep sand, but now a dirt road with hills and switchbacks. I’ve often wondered the point of going off road (especially as a passenger) if there isn’t a prize at the end of the line.
How’d ya like to have Pastrami Gorgonzola sandwiches* HERE?
|Tanque Verde Falls. A cool, deep pool, smack in the middle of the 100+ degree desert. Waterfall included at no extra charge. That makes TWO miracles.|
Now I find out this little Yamaha XT225 is mine for the buying. I may not be able to stop myself.
I am SO ready for the Dakar.
* Make gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce (butter, cream, and Gorgonzola of course). Use the leftover sauce for a sandwich spread. Genius, thank you very much.
** As of this writing, I have not (yet) dropped the bike. No one is more surprised than I.