We came to Tucson for the El Tour - and have an extra week to explore the area more before we have to head home. We're planning to see Tombstone - and noticed that the Cochise Cycling Classic rides through there.
Does someone out there have a turn-by-turn description for the 92 mile route? Is it do-able self-supported (meaning are there places on the route to buy water? We didn't bring camelbaks.)?
Any other suggestions on what to do? What to see? Any ideas will be greatly appreciated!
Check the website of PBAA: perimeterbicycling.com it *may* give the route.
If you can't find anything there, suggest you start in town of Bisbee (elevation 5,280 ft). Take Hwy 80 to Tombstone (about 24 miles). Continue on Hwy 80 and turn left on Hwy 82. Then left on Hwy 90 through Huachuca City towards and through Sierra Vista. Stay on Hwy 90 then right on Hwy 80 UP Mule Pass to Bisbee. Should be around 80-some miles. Bring at least 2 water bottles each and refill when you hit a town. As you found out on El Tour the humidity is a bit low and you need to drink more.
Great descent down Mule Pass and through faily long tunnel when you leave Bisbee (done 50 mph on tandem) and rolling/climbing most of the way. Long climb back into Bisbee
Stuff/water available in Bisbee, Tombstone, Huachuca City and Sierra Vista.
Bisbee: do the Copper Mine tour, Lavender Pit Mine (huge hole in the ground), eat at any of their nifty restaurants and there's a several B&B, plus Copper Queen Hotel. Tombstone: Boothill Cemetery at edge of town, OK Corral (you might catch the shootout at the OK Corral) and lotsa touristy stuff. Huachuca City and Sierra Vista have no remarkable sights but are friendly towns. Overnight accomodations in all towns mentioned. A bit out of Sierra Vista is the Ramsey Canyon Nature Preserve with scads of hummingbirds.
If you want some more miles, ride from Bisbee to Douglas (bout 48 miles round trip), and back, and go across the border into Mexico if you want. Enjoy!
Pedal on TWOgether!
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem
IF you go to Douglas, be sure to visit the Gadsden Hotel in town. Looks ugly from outside but inside it's a 1890 marvel of marble columns and big staircase that Pancho Villa rode up and down on his horse and chipped one of the stairs. Also they have a great large stained glass window at top of stairs. Touristy, but worth a look-see.