Life is a highway (at least for 12 miles)

26Mar12

After leaving Benson, AZ on Sunday, March 11th  we hit the road about noon leaving our luxurious RV life behind. We made a quick stop at a Circle K for a couple of goodies and then headed east taking the east bound entrance ramp onto  Interstate-10.  Several stretches of the interstate in Arizona allow bicycles, especially in rural areas where no other alternative exists. Back east they don’t allow any pedestrian or bicycle traffic. It is not great riding, as generally traffic is blazing along at about 80 mph however there is plenty of room. Often we had a good shoulder of at least 12′ in width which just feels quite safe. Mostly the traffic was tractor trailers and RV’s.  The side of the interstate is like a war  zone. Broken everything, blown tire treads, trash, cooler lids and the occasional pillow and lawn chair. The interstate proved to be a great place to re-supply  on bungee cords. A big savings for us as they seem to be rather expensive these days.

We followed I-10 east for approximately 12 miles from Benson, AZ to the Dragoon exit. Along this stretch we crossed over Dragoon pass with the little Dragoon Mountains to our left and the Dragoon Mountains to our right. It was an easy  grade and as we reached the top, trucks were driving at a reasonable speed as they were under heavy loads.

Debi finishing a little more blogging in the RV before we head out

Eastbound on I-10, leaving Benson, AZ

Big shoulder and bigger speed limits

Looking back toward Benson from Dragoon pass

I-10

After our 12 mile stint, we were glad to be done with it and took our exit to a town with no services. As the traffic dwindled off we made our way along a curvy road to the small town of Dragoon where we stopped for a snack at a small gallery that was closed.  Once we passed through town we caught a nice tail wind and a slight downhill grade as we descended into the western edge of the Sulphur Springs valley.

Little Dragoon Mountains

On the way to Cochise Stronghold

Brief break on the road to Cochise Stronghold

Sign near campground

Leaving a nice tail wind  behind we turned and headed south into a choppy cross wind making our way through Walnut and Pecan plantations to Cochise Stronghold in the Coronado National Forest. By sundown, we were glad to be done with the last few miles of dusty washboard and when we arrived at the campground there was only one site left. So we took it. See you in the morning.

B+D

 

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