Trip Summary

Day 52: 2929 miles completed, 8 states, 7 flat tires, 4 flat mattresses, 40 new friends and Bruce #1, 8 rest days

Monday, March 18, 2013

Day 11: Tombstone

Last evening’s dinner was seafood lasagne with real garlic bread followed by pineapple upside down cake. Even with all the biking that we do, I have not been losing weight. Hopefully, there is a redistribution process underway.

We started our eleventh day as soon as possible again in anticipation of climbing 2000 feet during the first 24 miles. This was to be followed by 40 miles of flat/downhill, and an 8 mile uphill finish. And we had to be at the HOTEL, showered, and changed by 4:45 to go to the OK Corral for a gunfight. I was nervous that we might struggle.

The ride began and we passed Tucson Raceway. Next a roadrunner shot across the road in front of our bike. Not sure if that means good luck or bad, only time would tell. It was not looking good a mile later when Lisa developed a foot cramp causing us to pause for stretching, electrolyte replacement,and new shoe adjustment. Shortly after that the climb began. It took us four hours, including many stops, to traverse the initial 24 miles to reach the summit (mile high) before lunch.
Only four and three quarters hours for the final 48 miles. Not to worry, the next forty miles were the best of the trip so far. A moderate downhill allowed us to average 20 mph and we reached the hotel by 3:00. Plenty of time to enjoy our private bath – simple pleasures.

Tourist Information: A trolley took us into Tombstone where we attended a gunfight comedy show and went on a ghost tour of the town’s haunted sites, including Boot Hill Cemetery. Dinner at the Crystal Palace and then a trolley ride home. Each of Bubba’s guests was provided cowboy attire as not to stand out (or to standout). Either way everyone had a good time.

P.S. We had snow today also. At least we saw it on the mountain peaks.

Hotel room, sleeping in a bed with a private shower. I thought that I must have died and gone to heaven.

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