Shortly after leaving Benson, there is a tough 10% hill of about half a mile, but then a turn onto Route 90 that has a wonderful shoulder - wide, smooth, and fairly clean. Several miles of riding the mostly flat shoulder brought me to Kartchner Caverns State Park and lunch. I elected to skip the caverns tour, having previously visited Carlsbad Caverns a couple of times, and headed out on my own after lunch. The final 24 miles to Sierra Vista went well, with only some moderate rolling terrain.
Tomorrow is our final day for this Desert Camp Century Week. Mileage will be about the same as today (80 miles) and it is supposed to be a pleasant ride back to Tucson.
|First rider out in the morning|
|Lunch is over and Phil will be putting things away|
|Wash station - no touching of food until gloves are off and hands washed|
|Border inspection station - there are a lot of these places in southern AZ|
|A goathead - enemy of bike tires. I picked this one up on my shoe walking back from dinner.|