After a GRAND breakfast the next morning, Paul and I 'saddled-up', headed mostly N to AZ 88 - the Apache Trail - and a stop at Tortilla Flats to inspect the walls of the diner, a VERY large snake-skin on the wall (Python...?)
That day our lunch-stop was high above Apache Lake at a trail-head, the name of which escapes me.
Paul stopped at the Roosevelt Dam for a pic...
so I rode a few feet further and took this one...
From there we hit pavement, turned S along AZ 188 for a dozen miles, then E onto AZ 288 to a "mini-Grand-Canyon" I've visited before (camped there a year ago on my TRY at riding the AZBDR w/ jdrocks).
Here's a telephoto of the 'Rainbow bridge' across from us,
and the back-side of the Four Peaks mountain w/ snow!
A gratuitous pic of Paul and me, and our rides.
Paul mentioned that he'd seen another crowned saguaro on the ride up 288, so we watched for it going down...
From there we rode a few miles to AZ 188 where he turned N towards Payson and home, while I went S, home via Globe, Superior, and AZ 79.
Today had added 200 miles to the 177 from the day before - lovely scenery, but not nearly as much fun as the dirt had been...!