Tucson to Kartchner Caverns to Tombstone to Bisbee

Mariella and I packed up our rental car with a big box with a bike in it, my bike assembled with the front wheel off, my empty bike box suitcase, big agnes large duffel, a suitcase, a back pack and some food and water bottles in bags. It was on to the caverns. 


It was elected the best cavern in America. We did not have a reservation and it might have been a huge mistake. We were lucky and there had been a cancellation and we went with a 1:20 pm group. It was incredible. No photography. Strict rules but a grand tour with an expert. This from a postcard. 


The park was beautiful. 



Tombstone. Quick. 



A beautiful drive into Bisbee with a C2C flashback climbing up over the continental divide. Canyon Rose Suites. 


Will walk Bisbee with Mariella tomorrow. Peace out. Tres 

Day after BAC-Sabino Canyon and C2C 2018 at Catalina State Park

Mariella and I slept in a little and went to a sleepy breakfast. I went to get the rental car. Off to Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. We got in with our senior pass. 


It was great. 


Lots of water. 


The views were incredible. 



We had a nice picnic lunch and went to Ajo Bikes. We then went to Catalina State Park. Mike, Tom, myself and Coach all veterans of C2C 2016.  It was a blast. 


It was a walk down memory lane. 


We had a great dinner by Anne and Serge. 

It was great to see Bubba and crew. Looks like it was laundry day. 


On to Bisbee, Arizona tomorrow. It’s always good to be with the peeps. Peace out Tres

Day 7-BAC Tucson Spring Tour 2018 South Tucson Loop

Mariella and I decided to ride 23 miles or so on the loop this morning. It was gorgeous again. 


It was chamber of commerce weather. 



We rode happily along taking in all the art and natural sights. 



It was great like a bat out of hell. The trail became more vast. 


Mountains, too. 


The trail had a shrubby spot. 


Landing markings for the UFO’s. 


Then this rattlesnake. 


We saw a road runner but he was busy eating a lizard and was not ready for his close up. There were a lot washes and this Alamo Wash. Every bridge is unique with a different name and tile art unique to each bridge. 


This was for Lazy Creek bridge. 


The mountains on the way home. 


Mariella and I ate lunch at a cafe in the nicest long term acute care and skilled nursing residence we ha ever seen. Tonight steak dinner at an old Tucson favorite El Corral.





It was a great week. It went so fast and everyone with BAC was great. We will be back. Stay tuned more ahead in the desert. Peace out. Tres 

Day 6-BAC Tucson Spring Tour 2018-The whole “Loop”

Mariella needed to be at the hotel and I had an opportunity to ride with a small group around the entire loop. It was a 54 mile urban and desert ride. 


We started south from our hotel. JRA-just riding along. 


The panoramas from the trail were incredible. 


We met some other BAC’s at the cattle guard. 


We left out of there and we were heading to the south end of the loop. 



It was the Julian Wash greenway section that seemed so vast. 


The trail art was cool. I took a picture of Kurt on C2C 2016 here. 



We negotiating getting around the mammoth Tucson VA. 


For lunch at Seis at El Mercado. 


Then on to the loop for a stop at the loop bicycle shop. 


We headed for the barn. Sharon-BAC ride leader, Pam-local co ride leader, Barry and Mike. I could not want to have been with nicer people. See featured image. 


I got to take my lovely wife to dinner at Cafe Botanica at the Tucson Botanical Garden. 


Best meal we had so far in Tucson and the setting was beautiful. 



Peace out Tres dog wewa

Day 5-BAC Tucson Spring Tour 2018-a bite of Lemmon

Mariella was not riding today so it would give me the opportunity to strike out on my own. It was a good for both of us. I knew that I was probably not going to make the whole Mt. Lemmon itinerary. 


A 61 year old thrice cardiac ablated middle aged man that lives at sea level and had been riding his desk more than his bike. Hey, it’s Mount Lemmon. I got away early and this was in the parking lot. 


I rode the same route as yesterday. PROOF. 


The roads were still so well marked but, busier. 


The route took us out to Catalina Rd. which was a slowly rising false flat that took me to Mt. Lemmon Highway. There is a nervous sense as you look at the mountains before you that it is the big daddy around here. 


I took my right into Mt Lemmon Highway and the climb was on. I got a quarter mile up the road and took a little fortitude break. Another BAC rider came up and stopped and took a break with me. He was encouraging. The vows were already nice. 


The road that was cut out of the mountains was pretty amazing and this was only the beginning. 


I got my HR back to an acceptable level and set off again. It was steady and slow. I stopped again for this view. This will be a recurring theme. 


I headed up slowly and surely. It was great to see the young racing cyclists going up in small groups in team kit and talking none the less. They were nice to me and the views got better. 


The road was neat as well even though it was shredding me. 


Up I went. More views 




I got to about 4 miles in and knew it was time to go back. It has put me at right at 20 miles from the hotel and I would roll down from there. More beauty. 




I saw this guy at my turnaround. I considered it an omen. 


I was fortunate because I got to descend without a car behind me the entire 4 miles. I do not believed I pedaled for 5 miles. I got the wave from the matching Lycra clad small clans as I descended down. Got a Gatorade after coming off the mountain  

I got back to the barn with 2345 feet of elevation. I will take it. It is just a bite of Lemmon but it was great. Peace out.  Tres

Day 4 BAC Tucson Spring Tour 2018-Tucson Botanical Garden and Tohono Chul Botanical Garden

It was the plan for the two stop botanical garden tour today. Mariella and I left right before the organized group onto the southbound loop. 


It was only a mile and a half and we were on the streets that are only in Tucson. A 6-8 foot wide bike lane and a stoplight sensor in the bike lane. I swear to God. 


It was a nice 5 miles and we were at the Tucson botanical garden, tbg.  From the moment we arrived art and nature were intertwined. There will be more of this theme a little later. 


There was an orchid and butterfly room. Let the pics do the talking. 








ATLAS MOTHS. 


Other butterflies. 




Blooming vanilla orchid. 


Poison dart tree frogs. 



More incredible cactus. 








We set out after making a reservation at the cafe for Thursday night. The road rose up through Via Entrada. 


The road’s bike path as we went out toward Tohono Chul Biological Garden. 



We got to Tohono Chul and it was amazing. This was a fountain. 






We left there and headed for home. Some more climb. 


A day of days. Peace out. Namaste Tres

Day 3-BAC Tucson Spring Tour-Desert Mtn Museum

Mariella was asked a very nice couple if she would like to go to the Desert Museum since she would not be riding. I was ready to ride but the idea of getting a ride out to one of our favorite museums just seemed like the thing to do. They had a raptor free flight show that was great. 


We were in the middle of the animals so here they are. 






We went through the cactus garden. 






We saw the HUMMINGBIRDS. 



We had a great lunch at the museum and he headed out. Bill our guide and driver and his wife Karen thought it might be good to San Xavier Mission. A 1693 Catholic Mission Church. 










Lit a candle and back to the hotel. It was a great tourist day. No riding but will be back tomorrow. Peace out Tres. 

Day 2 BAC Tucson Spring Tour-Catalina State Park

Mariella and I had a good sleep with a big breakfast and out we went by 9 am. 

Within a mile or so on the loop we pass the local horse track. 


We went about 4 miles and we got off the loop and headed up La Canada. 6-8 foot bike lane. Bicyclists heaven. Mariella stalwart planning an effort. 


Local metal artist. 


We did a gradual climb up La Canada and rode down to rejoin the loop. One of the big stars of the day along with Catalina State Park. 



We rode this loop up to the park. 


Catalina was where I stopped after 8 days on my 2016 C2C ride. This is where we camped. 



We saw horses.

Mr. Saguaro. 


The road through the park was beautiful. 


We begrudgingly left the park. See you Saturday C2C and Bubba.


The loop is the great constant. A few pics. 





Reforma, moderna Mexican with BAC.