"Of all the paths you take in life make sure a few of them are dirt" US Forest Sevice

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tucson bike trails

 Pima County is developing The Loop around metro Tucson with links to Marana, Oro Valley, and South Tucson. More than 100 miles of shared-use paths that have already been completed. If it doesn't have a motor, it's good to go on The Loop.

Work is ongoing to add more miles of paths. When completed, The Loop will total 131 miles and connect the Rillito River Park, Santa Cruz River Park, and Pantano River Park with Julian Wash and the Harrison Greenway.
 The RV park has a gate to access the trail. When we returned to Tucson, we decided to check out them out 
For two weeks near the start of every year, Tucson becomes playground number one for the world of international gem and mineral trading, buying, bargains and bragging rights.  We stopped along our ride at one of the tents.

These amethyst are from Bolivia

I believe this is tourmaline from Arkansas. The people exhibiting the gems and minerals were good to explain about the mining process and where they were found.

Good thing I bring my own bike mechanic along. Mike had the flat changed in no time.

We saw Bob and Ann riding along the path and joined them and some of their friends that had also moved to Tucson from Colorado. They were like Pied Pipers gathering Colorado friends along the way.  They were on a burrito ride to El Pueblita Taqueria which served wonderful Jalisco style food.

The next day they took us south on the Julian Wash Trail and ended up in another great place with a total of 82 miles of riding. We are here for another 2 months and are looking forward to the places these paths will take us. In all of our travels, this has to be the best trail system we have experienced in the US other than Anchorage, Alaska. 

Old Town Artisans had a great feel and featured local musicians that were quite entertaining.

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