Sand bagging: Drifting through the desert

As promised, here are a few more shots from my all-too-brief sojourn in the Lower Verde Basin. I always intend to shoot more, but once I get into the saddle a certain mindset takes over and the camera stays parked in its jersey pocket. Clicking any image will open the whole shebang in gallery mode.


10 Responses to “Sand bagging: Drifting through the desert”

  1. md anderson Says:

    Sweet photos. Maricopa County does do mountain parks well.

    Headed out for my own brain-clearing trip in another couple weeks. Tucson and another PAC Tour Desert Camp. We’ll be rolling through Sonoita, Tombstone, Wilcox, Fort Grant, Bisbee and Sierra Vista for a week. No camping but plenty of miles to get Spring rolling.

    Woke up to 4 inches of heavy wet snow here in Pojoaque, and more up on the hill. I’m sure it’ll be gone by the end of the day, but we sure needed the moisture.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, MD … sounds swell. That ACA tour I did back in 2010 covered some of the same territory, rolling through Sonoita, Patagonia, Tombstone and Bisbee. Nice riding down that way, though I recall the winds being slightly fearsome on at least one day; the ride to Tombstone, I think.

      You should holler at Pat while you’re in Sierra Vista, coax him out for a ride. How many hundreds of miles do you have planned?

      • md anderson Says:

        It’s in the 500 mile range for 6 days riding. Usually that week of camp does the climb up thru Chiricahua Natn’l Monument as an out and back from Wilcox. But the NPS has decided that March is a good time to repave the road to the top, so its all down to gravel and they said no to cyclists. Too bad because it’s a beautiful ride up and a great climb. I’ve done it at least twice before.

        There is an alternate loop up to Fort Grant scheduled that day. Will be nice to see some new territory.

        We stay two nights in Bisbee and one of the days is a loop through Sierra Vista, but we don’t actually stay there. I’s sure Pat will pop in here between now and then, so maybe we can work something out.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Good morning MD. I looked at the itinerary for the Ciricahua Challenge week, and you will be in Bisbee the nights of March 9 and 10. The 10th would probably be the best day to get together. If Patrick would give you our e mail address, I could provide some suggestions. Your Sierra Vista loop on the 10th probably goes within a 1/4 mile of our house. We always thought it would be nice to meet some of the folks who comment here.

  2. Libby Says:

    Spectacular skies. Thanks for the photos. Brings back memories of a Scottsdale based vacation many years ago.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      My pleasure, Libby. I first saw Scottsdale as a preteen; my maternal aunt lived there with her family when we were stationed at Randolph AFB in Texas, and we drove there for a visit one summer.

      I seem to remember the house being seriously in the boonies, way outside of Phoenix, a ranch-style deal with a small pool and cacti all around. If the place still stands it’s probably surrounded by McMansions, spas and Whole Paychecks.

      • Libby Says:

        Ha! I was a pre-teen , too, and traveled there en famille, too. We took the train. It stopped in Albuquerque to take on passengers and allow passengers to purchase the wares Native Americans were selling near the tracks. What a long time ago!

  3. DownhillBill Says:

    Spectacular! Looks like another planet to a denizen of the eastern woodlands. Thanks for the travelogue.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Glad to oblige, Bill. I like the desert, for sure. You can see company coming a long ways off. But a baldhead like me needs to fetch his own sunshade along, as the joint is seriously short on trees.

  4. Lisa Says:

    Awesome pictures. It’s easy to wish for more photos as great as those, but I understand. Sometimes when you’re on the saddle, you can think of nothing but enjoying the ride right then and there.

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