Saturday was the day we headed up to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. This was roughly ~80ish miles away, so a nice leisurely ride with no time pressures and some curvy mountain roads. Not only that, but Kiri was coming along as well. Overall a great day in the making! Looking at the map below we started at City of Rocks, at the bottom, and went up state road 15 on the left, and came back down state road 35 on the right. Always nice when you can make a loop and see new scenery coming and going.
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We met the other riders at their motel, and after a nice breakfast, we gathered together for the ride details and information on where we'd be stopping.
Also, Kiri made me a slick hat out of my neck handkerchief. I assure you that duct tape and handkerchief hats are cool. You might think I'm wrong...but I'm not.
That night Steve and Roger, the Goldwing guys, were nice enough to transport out some firewood and marshmallows to the camp site. Can anyone say Smores??
At this point some of the group wanted to head back via the interstate to get some stuff done prior to Monday. Luckily I had taken Monday off so I wasn't in a rush to get back. So a few of us headed back through Safford, taking our time. I only snapped two pictures of the return trip. We pulled over at one point to grab a photo of the view.
Special thanks to Kiri, my Dad and Colton for coming out and sharing it with me!