Yesterday was chilly when I started out at about 0945, but NOT nearly as COLD as a couple of days back - my heated jacket liner was on 'Level 2' instead of 'Level 5', as I aimed N towards US 60, then turned E when I joined it. Saw one of those illuminated traffic info signs just before Superior saying that the road (60) would be closed between 0900 and 1030, and again from 1300 to 1430 because of blasting in progress, but as I entered Superior at 1035 the traffic was already moving, so I continued E towards Miami and Globe, stopping for a couple of pics.... BTW - they ARE widening US 60, at least - in several areas.
Just on the E side of Miami is a bow and gun shop, so I stopped in for a visit, chatting w/ the owner. He has a John Wayne Commemorative lever-action rifle for sale, looking unfired, so we chatted about it. Seems it had been a gift from the "Duke" to a local fellow who'd since died, and it was in that gun shop for sale.
As we talked the owner revealed that he had been friends w/ Wayne (who'd lived in the area up till HIS death), telling me several anecdotes of the friendship. Time to head out, so I said my 'good-byes', mounted-up on BIG RED, continued E thru Globe, then turned S onto AZ 77 where I stopped for lunch (stuff I'd thrown into the saddle-bags...
) at the top of El Capitan Pass, 4,892' ASL, and took a few pics.
I took several "panoramas" that I'm NOT happy w/ so I took a few more pics facing E. Here's one....
Then I continued DOWN the long hill towards Winkleman, again stopping for a few more pics (and AGAIN - panoramas didn't work out).
A BIT further down that road I stopped for THESE...
Approaching Winkleman I decided to continue S on 77 to Dudleyville to check if the San Pedro River is 'running' like the Gila River is (in Florence, and quite unusual NOW as this pic shows)
but all I saw when I got to the San Pedro was a bit of mud, unlike other times I'd ridden there. This one from a ride in 2014.
I continued W a few miles till I saw where the Freeman Rd had been washed-out, the 'ditch' a couple of feet deep, so then I did a "180", headed back to 77 and Winkleman where I turned onto 177 and N to Superior.
Passing the Ray Mine I stopped for this pic which I'd missed last season when the camera's batteries died,
then this one a mile or two further N....
I arrived in Superior around 1420, the line of vehicles waiting for US 60 to open, stretching MILES to the W, then took my last pic going down from Gonzales Pass into the "Valley of the Sun" surrounding Phoenix.
Arrived home about 1530hrs, 178 miles under BIG RED's wheels for a PDG day!