Sunday, December 12, 2010

Freewheelers - Douglas, Gadsden Hotel

 Another Tucson Freewheelers ride!  This time down to city of Douglas to take a quick tour of the supposedly Haunted! Gadsden hotel.  The group meets at one of our local breakfast establishments in Tucson.

Mmmmm! You can't ride on an empty stomach:) Veggie burrito.

The group prepares to depart.  I believe there are six bikes total on this trip.  With an additional bike meeting up with us in Douglas.  One of the members followed in a sweep car, hence the action photos.

Making our way out of Tucson, I'm the one on the far left.  I believe we're turning onto Alvernon, where we'll keep heading straight to the freeway and down to the Sonoita exit.

First stop Sonoita.  This is right outside "The Steak Out" restaurant for those of you who've been reading the earlier posts.

Ahh the open road.  We're heading east out of Sonoita, on our way to Tombstone.  This is really pretty stretch of road. 

From Tombstone we headed south through Bisbee.  I got to ride through my first tunnel on Bonnie, and saw my first deer near the road.  Scared me that it might jump out on the pavement, but it continued up the hill without incident.  Unfortunately we didn't stop and I don't have any photos of Bisbee.  We continued on to Douglas, and finally found the Gadsden Hotel.  At five stories it's not hard to miss since it's the largest building in town.  You can read up on the hotel here: Gadsden Hotel

As we pulled into the parking lot I spied two other Triumphs parked there.  This Thruxton. My bike in cafe racer form.

And this Street Triple.  Always glad to see fellow Triumph riders.

My bike on the far right.

This is the lobby of the Gadsden hotel.  Pretty snazzy right??  The hotel burned down in the twenties but was rebuild in 1929 and the lobby hasn't changed since then.  If those pillars could talk:)

Group photo!  Remind me not to stand in front anymore.

Hey they knew we were coming.  Just kidding, this dining room was made up for the Christmas party they were having that evening.

The owner of the hotel gave us a tour of the rooms.  This is one of them.  It's called the cowboy room due to the decorations.  We all take a peak out the window.

Phew! bikes are still there.

Looking out towards Mexico.  Douglas sits right on the US-Mexico boarder.

This is the hotel owners dog Luna.  She had the run of the place and had her bed by the window to watch the people stroll by.

After lunch we make a fast get away since people need to get back to Tucson.  I knew a quick route home so they let me lead the pack.  These people are a little too trusting don't you think???  Anyway, I'm the one in front.

I'm sure someone is yelling at me to pick up the pace.

Here's one of those Border Patrol checkpoints.  They just wave us through.

Last shot, heading out of Benson back to Tucson.  I had a great time.  It was about ~230 miles round trip from my house.  Can't wait for the next one.


  1. I suppose you just did this, too... Can't complain about AZ winters. We've been shut down in VA here for a while already, and up in MN where we'll be for the holidays... well, there sure isn't any motorbiking happening there... Glad to see someone is still out.

    Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life

  2. Hey! Yeah this ride was last Saturday the 11th. We've been having a little bit of a warm spell down here..getting up into the 80's during the afternoon. Thanks for commenting! -clint