Something I had been contemplating for awhile. There are many miles of dirt roads in the region plus lots of single track so I asked a question about appropriate tire width of a local bike shop, Sabino Cycles. What came back was a voluminous reply about all aspects of gravel riding in the region so that hooked me on where to buy a Specialized Diverge. How bout that?
My first ride was north of Catalina getting on to Willow Springs Road and then from there to visit the "24 Hours in the Old Pueblo" course. There is a huge mountain/gravel event here each year, information about it can be found here: https://epicrides.com/events/24-hours-in-the-old-pueblo/event-guide/
I followed a winding single track but soon, found myself in over my head. The above is not a good example of what I encountered. For this rookie, I walked the bike way too much. Anyway, found an exit onto the dirt road and ended with 23 miles. Not a bad start so the next day....
...rode from home to single track in Honeybee Canyon. This was much more manageable.
There were numerous crossings of the "Big Wash". None of the trails are marked so I brought a map with me but lost track of on what part of the route I was. I reached a three way intersection and found 3, women mountain bikers. They were very helpful and gave me directions for exiting the course on to Edwin Road where....
….I returned home, finishing with 25 miles. My main goal is to ride up the back side of Mount Lemmon and then around it via Reddington Road. I think both of those will require hike a bike but again, hundreds of miles of normal dirt roads to follow too.