Southern Arizona 1998-99
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Four people went: Robin, Margaret, Sara, and myself
Sara's tour report and photos
Day 0, Drive from Phoenix to Benson
About a two hour drive to southeastern Arizona to get to the tour starting point in Benson. Ten miles from Benson, Sara realizes she forgot her bike shoes; tries to contact people in Phoenix to bring them to Benson.
Day 1, Benson to Tombstone, 25 miles
Drove back to Phoenix to get Sara's bike shoes. Started riding from Benson sometime after 1 PM. Still had some time to check out the touristy sites in Tombstone - famous for the shootout at the OK Corral, Wyatt Earp, and all the other stuff in the movie "Tombstone".
Day 2, Tombstone to Bisbee, 24 miles
More checking out of Tombstone in the morning. Steep climb to Bisbee - former mining town turned artist colony. Robin proves that he's a billiards shark - at least compared to the rest of us...
The others in Bisbee: from left to right: Robin, Sara, Margaret
Day 3, Bisbee to Sierra Vista, 35 miles
Went on a tour of an old copper mine in Bisbee. Stopped for apple pie in Palominas. Bumped into a couple of cycletourists heading the opposite direction. Robin gets a lousy bed yet another night.
About to go on the mine tour!!!
Only the boss got to ride this bike - otherwise you'd get sent up to the office!!
Day 4, Sierra Vista to Benson, 36 miles
Fairly flat day to get back to Benson to finish the tour. Margaret gets her third and final flat about a mile or two from the finishing point - not quite close enough to ride it in on the rim.
Margaret and Robin taking a rest.
Coming down the hill back into Benson.
The weather couldn't have been better, with sunny skies and highs in the low 70s.
Due to the short winter days, this year's tour had short mileage days and overnight stays in hotels instead of camping. This arrangement worked out rather well, giving enough time to enjoy the sights.
Too bad the Kartchner Caverns (just outside of Benson) weren't yet open to tourists at the time of our tour - we passed the site on the way back to Benson. National Public Radio did a three part series on their Morning Edition show - you can listen to it from their Kartchner Caverns page.
Post-bike tour plans included a trip to the Grand Canyon, with a ten mile hike to the bottom, an overnight stay, and a ten mile return hike to the rim.
Just had to take a rest stop at the Flintstones' campground!
The group: back row: Robin, Sara, Brian; front row: Margaret, Tera
Robin and Sara playing with crayons.
Just look at those switchbacks!
The group after the hike: Margaret, Sara, Robin, Tera, Brian