My cycling journey around the American perimeter
31 miles – Total so far: 1103 miles
Today was difficult.
The setting for today’s ride was something out of the Old West. The ride started where yesterday’s ended, at the Apache Gold Hotel and Casino in the San Carlos Apache Indian reservation. Heading West into Globe, Arizona, I was greeted by a town of apparent great copper mining influence, given the open mine in the panorama that serves as a grand backdrop to the lively town. The town is also famous for the the likes of Ike Clanton, who came to Globe after the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral. Apparently, Ike was whacked by a local deputy sheriff, so it was not exactly a productive visit for him.
My visit was much more productive, given the spectacular views, the climbs, and the descents that made up much of today’s fairly short ride. The wind, unlike yesterday, was non-existant, and the temperatures a bit cooler. The two-lane roads with sometimes no shoulders were manytimes dicey, but all in all a gripping ride that has probably been done more times on horseback than on bicycle. Regardless the steed, it was memorable. Only took a few pictures today, especially after entering the mountains, since there were relatively few places to relax and enjoy the rugged beauty.
I only went through three towns today, including Globe, Miami, and ended the ride at Superior coming out of the mountains. Saw no Eastbound Southern Tier cyclists today, and had I, they probably would not have acknowledged me given the need to stay completely focused on the navigational tasks at hand. I saw no wildlife today, but did see lots of wild geography.
It’s All Good.
Photo of the Day: Coming out of the mountains toward Superior, Arizona
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