Originally Written December 19, 2019
After the Tucson Dual Sport ride December 7 and 8, Mike and I spent a week in the Tubac area exploring the jeep trails, single track and fire roads. On our last day in Tubac we spent 5 hours tackling the single track. The terrain we tackled veered from easy going to scary, pee your pants kinda trails. As I always say, it was an adventure!
Much to my chagrin, we ended up on the super gnarly trail we tackled with our friends on the first day. I’m going to admit, I was a bit angry and scared we ended up in that spot as there was no way to turn back and no chicken route out. The first long uphill, well I managed to ride halfway up before getting off balance, hitting a rather large boulder and spinning my bike around 180 degrees into a barrel cactus. It took us about 20 minutes to sort that conundrum out. However, I did that entire gnarly trail, with help only twice. After we got out of the super gnar, the rest of the trail, while still challenging, seemed like a piece of cake.
After hours of single-track riding, we took our time riding home. It was getting late in the day, we were sweaty, and tired. It began to get cold in the shadows of the canyons and we were out of water. So, the slow and easy way back it was for us; nobody needed to wipe out and get hurt now after all the challenges we had overcome so far.
It was a beautiful ride home. We took a sandy, dusty road alongside the railroad tracks that meandered south into Mexico. We caught up with a freight train that had a Canadian flag painted on the last yellow boxcar all the way back to camp. The bikes managed to stay in one piece and so did we.
Our time riding in Arizona was a memorable one to be sure. The scenery was absolutely beautiful, and the challenging terrain has certainly made me a better rider. Time for beer and tacos. 😊
Karl Tettmann, Co-Founder. Avid health and fitness coach who just loves to ride.