Where AZ 88 joins AZ 188 I turned S towards Globe anticipating the REASON I wore riding boots I could walk in.
About five miles down 188 there's a sign for a right turn into the Tonto Nat'l Forest site to view the ruins. During the 'couple-of-mile-road' in I saw a four foot long rattle-snake crossing the left-lane, but my view for pics was blocked by two pick-ups, so you just have to take my word for it. I've looked at the ruins from the parking lot MANY times
but THIS time my plan was to climb the path to them. I removed my helmet and gloves, locked them to the bike, grabbed water and a bagel, then started up in my mesh jacket and pants. Part way up a woman in a tee shirt and shorts stopped me, said..."You must be HOT in all that?" but I replied "No place to store my stuff" continuing up, figuring I was WAY cooler than she was as my sweat could cool me instead of just blowing away (it was around 90F) as it was for her. Soon I entered the cliff dwellings
After another 15 minute hike down to the parking area, I was soon back into my helmet and riding down past where I'd seen 'Mr Snake' earlier.
At the bottom of the hill I again turned S onto 188, till a mile further a sign saying "SCENIC VIEW" indicated a turn right to where you can see the OTHER Tonto ruins, the UPPER ones several miles from the site I'd just visited and only accessible from a guided tour lead by park wardens, ... OR from here!
After that I rode about 15 miles S to Globe, then turned W onto AZ 60, where I saw these flowers near Claypool
then finished off my "flower-tour" w/ this flowering tree near my home.
Got home at 1330, five hours and 160 miles from when I started.