Madera Canyon Camping Tour
Boy Could I Ever Use a Drink of
Part of what makes this ride so cool is that it's all uphill on the way
there and all downhill on the way back.
Check out the elevation profile. Unfortunately, I didn't turn the
Garmin on until we were several miles into the trip
Tom on the Long Haul Trucker, Karen on the Kogswell, and Al on the
Al seems to be contemplating whether this is such a great idea or
Heading out. Al is saying "Clear Left"
Picture courtesy of Adam.
Now we're heading Southwest out of town and making our way over to Old
After about 20 miles of riding, we stop off at the Sahuarita Country
known for its outstanding beef jerky
In this picture, we've turned onto Continental Road and have started
steeper climb up to Madera.
Those bikes look tired!
Shortly after the picture above was taken, I must have fallen
because the rest of that evening is kind of hazy...something about a
of cows in the road, no potable water in the park,
and Tom riding effortlessly as if we weren't even going uphill.
The next morning was absolutely glorious, as shown by this view of
Al's cool tent made it through the night
The bikes look well-rested
We headed out at around 7:00 a.m. to enjoy a delicious breakast at the
diner down the street.
We were especially looking forward to a nice cold glass of water, but
alas, the diner was closed.
Luckily, "Al the Wrench" used a trick or two from his mafia days to
procure us a drink to hold us over
until we made it to Green Valley for a tasty bite at Safeway.
Afterwards we enjoyed
our easy ride back to Tucson!