Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
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Flaghills? Bet you meant 'the Foothills' . . . an upscale area just out of town.
After getting used to the elevation ( +/- 2500') and some of the nice 'hills', time off the bike will be eating in 'lots' of real Mexican restaurants (we're not talking Taco Bell). La Parilla Suiza comes to mind (there's 3 of 'em in town), Macayos, Chuy's (several in town) + a hundred others; Non-Hispanic: Beyond Bread, Blue Willow, Five 'n Diner or L'il Anthony's Diner (50's style), Roma Caffe. Fom American to Mexican/Italian/Thai/ Chinese/Japanese, even Indian and Ethiopian; and yes, some real $teakhou$e$: Lil' Abners, Lariat, Pinnacle Peak, Daisy Mae's.
Must see: the Desert Museum (NOT a museum, but great natural setting/zoo with all kinds of desert animals: mt. sheep, cougars, raptors and a huge humming bird aviary. Also Old Tucson (old movie set/amusement); Tohono Chul Park to see desert flaura /exhibits + a great little tearoom/restaurant. Do some biking/hiking in either of the 2 Saguaro National Parks (small entry fee) and climb Mt. Lemmon by bike . . . a 20-some mile ascent to the 9,000 ft.level going from desert to conifers. Eat at the town of Summer Haven (great pies!) when you hit the top of 'the Lemmon'.
More riding/climbing, or drive, up Kitt Peak Observatory (about 7500') outside of the city. And then there's the Biosphere II about 30 miles north of town . . . yes, you can bike there, up Oracle Road/Hwy 77. . . eat in town of Catalina at Claire's Cafe on the way back.
That ought to hold you for about a week!
Pedal on TWOgether!
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem