After 20 days on the road, I finally get some honest to goodness dirt roads. The first was the Mt Lemmon Control Rd. coming down the back side of Mt Lemmon outside of Tucson. It was 27 miles of rocky gravel road that dropped over 4000 vertical feet in it’s length. I was up early and out the door just after sunrise at 0515. I knew it was going to be a warm day and wanted to get as far north before noon as I could. I didn’t see anyone on the Control Rd till the last 6 miles when 2 guys on 4 wheelers rolled by. A great road that was highly suggested by my host Steve Loster in Tucson.Thanks Steve for the tip, it was awesome!!
Once back on pavement I stopped in Oracle, Globe and Winkleman for water then had lunch in the curious town of Show Low Az. Apperently it was named after a marathon card game between two business partners that had a dispute over who owned the company. The winning hand was a “Pair of Duces” which is actually the name of the Main Street in town…. I can’t make this stuff up!
After lunch I headed to Heber Az where I took the most direct route to Winslow. I found the road by setting the google maps to ” walking” instead of driving. It put me on a forest road that was 53 miles to Winslow and 27 of those miles were really nice gravel and red cinder.
And of course when I arrived in Winslow, I had to find the “Corner park” dedicated to the Eagles song “Take it easy” I parked behind the Flatbed Ford but only saw lots of tourists…..
Tomorrow is to St George Ut where the high is expected to be 108F and a low of only 71F. I foresee another really early start like today. Sadly it will be all pavement.