My buddy Gene E and I decided we would head for Wilcox AZ mostly on dirt roads, stay overnight there and then ride back to Tucson. We met at 6 am and rolled across Tucson to eat at Viv's on the east side before we headed up Reddington Pass. Reddington is a nice dirt climb with some great views. The pass splits the Catalina mountains and the Rincon mountains, and you climb about 2000 feet in seven or so miles. Once on top its a set of rollers until you get to a long descent down to the San Pedro river valley.
|Looking back at Tucson from half way up Reddington Pass|
|Mile 18 about 6 or 7 more to go to Cascabel Road|
|Intersection of Cascabel Road and Redfeld Road ( dirt in both directions )|
|Cliffs along the San Pedro|
Shortly after we passed this point, I was quite a bit ahead of Gene and got the the intersection of 3 Links and sat down in the shade of a road sign. It was getting to be about 92 or so and a little windy and I didn't have that much water left. After a bit, Gene rolled up and he was out of water. We looked at 3 Links road and it ran along the southern end of the Winchester Mtns and that looked a bit harder than going the next 10 or 12 miles to Benson, so we headed for Benson and water resupply. The distance to Wilcox or Benson was about the same.
Gene recognized the name of a farm that provides produce at some of the farmers markets here, and he made a turn into Sleeping Frog Farm. The folks there were great, and let us both into their kitchen and we refilled our bottles and petted their doggies and were on our way. They also told us that 3 Links Road was really very rough, and figured we had made a good choice going on to Benson.
|Rincon Mtns behind me|
|Bridge over Cienega Creek|
And with that, Gene and I navigated the next 20 miles or so across the city area to the west side of Tucson, had lunch at the Mercado and were home. It was a good 2 hardish days out on the bike and I think our gear worked out pretty good, nothing fell off and I just need a few little tweaks. Have to do another couple of rides like this before the Divide. It's 30 days now till Antelope Wells.