We went on last week's ride this week.... And I guess it is just understood that if it is raining, the ride here in Arizona is off... because the roads are soooooo slippery when they are wet... Say what?
I've never had anyone in the Midwest suggest that the roads are so slippery when they are wet that you should all stay home... One guy even said he stays home in his car because its just too dangerous to go out on the roads when they are wet... Our roads are wet in Kansas half of the time.... Just saying..
Well anyway, I found out that the Superior Loop is like I mapped out above... We went on the US 60 all the way to Globe.. This is a very scenic road with towering cliffs and rock spires.. It is striking if you haven't been on it before, but the bike guys are blind to its beauty and ride the curvy twisty road at break neck speeds... That equals fun... The Goldwing folks aren't as guilty of this as the Harley group that overtook us, and seemed indignant and had to pass us at all costs... They just don't understand that the 6 cylinder engine in those Hondas can pass them in a New York minute..
I was proud of our leader for maintaining 65 and letting them go on by... We stopped for a few minutes for folks to use the facilities, and then pressed on leaving Globe travelling South on Az 77. This is mountainous and even more curvy, but we came up on a school bus and poked along behind it.. They were teasing the leader about being so slow on the CB radios..
Eventually we arrived at Winkleman, Az where there is a truck stop with a Mexican ma and pa restaurant... There were other bike groups there when we arrived and a ladies group that seemed alot like the red hat society, but I didn't see any hats....
So service was sooooooo slooooooow.... But they had lots of chips and the salsa was in squirt bottles like catsup dispensers.... And whooo boy, it was seasoned with Jalapeno peppers and some of the folks thought it was darned hot... By the way, the ma and pa and their daughter who was the waitress were Hispanic... Eventually I had a burito that was about as large as a small whale..
The ride back to Superior was on Az 177 and goes past one of the largest copper mines I have seen.. It might not be bigger than the ones in Globe, but it certainly isn't any smaller.... Again it was scenic as we went thru several valleys with more saguaro cactus than I have seen in one place as well.
They seemed to be in a big toot to get back to town, so they never slowed down anywhere all the way home... These folks seem to be all about the miles traveled rather than the fellowship of the group... But without them I would have been sitting at home on such a nice day.... 163 Miles 10 AM to 3 PM..
So I am not complaining just reporting the facts as I see them..
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