I make myself at home.
Yummy! I'll bet the bears love the smell of Subway.
After the lights went out the meadow around my tent was filled with deer. They didn't seem to mind my presence at all when I lit them up with the LED headlamp. I crawled into the tent and started a Micheal Connelly novel. It was a very quiet night with no wind. The only sounds, the water from the stream running through the meadow, and an occasional deer snorting.
My favorite breakfast bars. Hmmm.... what flavor? Delicious!
I get to try out the new Tourmaster gear!
Going down the mountain.
I left the campground with the temp gauge reading 52. After about 10 minutes of riding it's 75. I stop here to strip down to my skivvies and get back into the mesh gear. I was sweltering in the textile gear. I had no liners in and every possible vent open, but couldn't handle it anymore. I don't understand how some of you guys can wear textile riding gear above 80 degrees.
I had no T-Mobile cellular service at the campground, but I do here. I call the wife to check in. She warns me it's forecast to be 110 degrees in Phoenix today!
Heading east out of Safford I stop to get a picture of paradise in the sky. It's in the mid 80s already.
It's Farm Country
On the US 191 Approaching the Morenci Mine
I enter the small town bewteen cliff walls, named Clifton. Look closely in the photo and you can see the reason for the traffic jam.
That big yellow thing is an oversized load. A flatbed is slowly being escorted through town carrying a new bed for a GIANT DUMP TRUCK.
I stop in Clifton for gas.
I meet and old guy who is wishing he was here on his Yamaha FJR 1300 instead of with his wife in an old Ford Taurus. He said he's coming through here next month with his riding buddies. He agrees to snap my photo. I didn't even get his name.
The US 191 basically drive right through one of the largest open pit mines in the world.
Looking back down into Clifton.
Next... Photos of the mine and LARGE DUMP TRUCKS!