Back to Marana to do the entire, 33 mile loop. Early, I passed a sign, long disrespected and only stating the obvious.
The route extends northwest of the Tortolita Mountains and is.....
.....very remote in long stretches.
The first 10 or so miles is a gradual uphill until reaching this point with a good first view of the buttes.
I passed Owl Head and.....
Other prominent points. Note the recently graded road. Very nice.
The saguaros were thick and of course the area is beautiful. There is a route up these buttes that I should check out some day.
I can't say I've ever seen street signs like this, all in white.
Then I arrive at this intersection. Not that long ago, a Titan missile was stored in a 10 story silo near here.
At the bottom of this ravine, there is a turn onto the final 2 miles of the route. The road is comprised of deep sand. My tires, too narrow for the conditions, sink. It would be a long, 2 mile walk but then I noticed....
....the raised area above the road could be ridden, like hiking cross country. A fun route which I will do again.