A couple of days back I went on my FIRST fall of '16 ride, covering just SHY of 100 miles, temps running about 96F.
I headed to Florence, then S on AZ 79 to the Florence-Kelvin Hwy, turning E on it. It's now paved for around 19 miles, then a nice dirt road, LOTS to see. I stopped where the first good view of the tailings, etc become visible.
I continued, getting a few more pics
including these "saguaro mailboxes"....
Soon I turned left onto AZ 77, arriving near these tailings
then a few miles further N, the Ray Mine, open-pit and 1.5 x 2.5 miles (according to a sign).
Here's the S end,
and here's the N end.
It was getting HOT, so I headed N to Superior, turned W to join AZ 60 and then at Florence Junction turned S onto AZ 79.
Got home to a FROSTY beer (or three...
) after three hours and 99.6 miles.