Friday, December 15, 2017

RV Trip: Quartzsite, AZ Day 3: Kofa Wildlife Refuge & Palm Canyon

While working the late morning, a fellow rider who'd "been there, done that" after he retired from farming, Rex, came by to show me his ADV style '81 R80 GS Motorcycle:

Here's Rex, astride "Fat Dog", his '81 G/S Beemer
with the 11.4 gallon tank.

I'd met Rex yesterday when he walked into my campsite, having spotted Scarlett and wanting to talk motorcycles.  UDF at work.

He's a real rider, having ridden from the US to the tip of South America and back up the Brazil side.  Didn't get too many details as there was work to do and he had tasks to accomplish as well.

After work today, I rode south on State Road 95 about 18 miles to the turnoff for Palm Canyon Road and the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge.

Nice two lane dirt road, still have to go slow on it with an RV but Scarlett made short work of it, maintaining the posted speed limit of 25 mph.  I saw less than 5 RVs boondocking in the refuge.  Though with good 4G cell coverage for Verizon and wide open spaces, I think I could pick this spot for future boondocking.

 The mountains/hills of Kofa Wildlife Refuge

In the afternoons, the distant haze creates some really nice shadings in the distant mountain peaks and hills, something which I could not get enough of since I've been in the Quartzsite area.

I shot the next three from the parking lot at the end of the road leading into Palm Canyon.

From the parking lot its a rough and steep half mile hike to the site within the canyon where one finds a small sign pointing to the namesake of the canyon. 

I'd planned for this and removed my riding jacket and pants, clad in a t-shirt and shorts with sandals, the hike was much more enjoyable!

A grove of palm trees growing in a crevice; dependent on the canyon's micro climate for survival in the harsh desert conditions of the Sonoran Desert.

 I lucked out, the light was just right to illuminate the grove
of palm trees in the crevice

 This was the view outward from the furthest point inward
that I made it on foot.  There was a bit more to go but
I didn't have the will or interest.

 Cool rock formation on the north wall of the canyon

Once I geared up and started heading away from Palm Canyon, I stopped for more "shades" shots:

Scarlett with Palm Canyon behind here.

Rode back towards the Hi Jolly BLM spot where Umarang and I have been boondocking the last two days.  One more night stay and then I think we'll head on over to the Sedona area for some more boondocking.

It's a great site for a day ride if you're close enough, and definitely a future boondocking candidate for me!


LB said...

Glad you're enjoying your respite from caregiving responsibilities. The haze pictures are incredible. They look like a painting I'd expect to see in an art museum.

SonjaM said...

Interesting mountain scenery, looks like you are stranded on Mars, Dom.

The gentleman on the Beemer sure seems to be the adventurous type, and must have many stories to tell.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks SonjaM, I bet he's full of stories....he told me he let his original blog expire but is now blogging (somewhat) at

redlegsrides said...

The respite is thanks to you LB! Glad you liked the pics....the haze pics were tough to get due to facing the sun.

Unknown said...

Hmmm, gotta put that whole area on my to-visit list--it looks spectacular! :D

Artie & Leinen's Grand Adventure said...

Ah, concert season is winding down and I can take time to see what my friends are up to. We may be in that area boondocking February 2019. What do I do when I check off another "this is my last" thing? I talk about RVing. A few months in the fall, a few months in the spring.

I want to see those palm trees! Say Hi to Martha.

redlegsrides said...

Bridget, I think you and RichardM would have fun boondocking....Arizona is good for that and in February much warmer than Alaska!

Trobairitz said...

The 'shades' shots were my favorite. Something about the shaded depth of those mountains.

I can't imagine an 11 gallon fuel tank. Nothing like 80 lbs of fuel sloshing around up top there to increase your balance.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Trobairitz, I aim to please. As to the big fuel tank, he mentioned it makes the motorcycle quite top heavy and hard to handle on the rougher terrains.