A Ride to Kitt Peak National Observatory
Well, cross another off the pail (a small bucket) list. With a 100 degree day forecast in Tucson; Ron (on his relatively new BMW R1200GSA), Mike (on his relatively new Yamaha 1300 cruiser) and I (the Versys of course) headed out to ride up Kitt Peak to the site of about 12 major telescopes operated by a consortium of universities. First stop along the way was at Cindy Louís II for the obligatory breakfast. If you look left of the tallest peak in the picture you will see a white speck. That is one of the telescopes at our destination. After filling our tummies, we headed out on Hwy 86 across the Indian reservation for about 18 miles and turned on to Route 386 south. This is a 12 mile road that climbs about 4000 feet in elevation, ending near 7000 feet. All along the way are great rock formations and plenty of twisties on a very good road surface. There is the occasional straight spot where you can catch a glimpse of the flat lands below. At the top we walked around a little and enjoyed the cooler temps at that elevation. Knowing that we had to ride back in to Tucson while following ATGATT, we headed down about 9 a.m. Traffic was light and we arrived home safely having compressed an adventure in to the few cooler hours of a summer morning.
Forty years away from 2 wheel fun. Sure is great to be back smelling the roses!!!
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