#SD2KW, Day 13, Picacho Peak to Tucson, 54 miles | To and Through Tucson

Riding Stats


We left Picacho State Park all bundled up. It was chilly! But as the sun came out, the layers came off.

A seventeen mile ride on an I-10 frontage road kicked off our day with a relatively flat, little travelled road. As has been the case, there was a bit of headwind but it was less than 10mph.

Then we hit The Loop just outside of Tucson. It still amazes me that a cyclist can ride through a city on bike trails. Such is the case with Tucson. We visited here back in 2018 and knew we wanted to return. Little did we know it would be on our Cuttys on a cross country ride.

We stopped at a local brewery on the way to the campsite having put our 50 miles in early. Breweries are a great place to meet locals and learn more about the area.

But the real schooling came when we arrived to our campsite. Dang we’ve never seen anything like this KOA. Grapefruit, orange and lemon trees everywhere. Pick what you want and eat. They have a hot tub, pool, pickleball courts. There is a sink, small pavilion (with an electric light), picnic table, soft tent pad and fire pit at every tent site. It’s mostly for RVs but there a few tenters. Check out the vid for pics. Our needs are significantly less than this but it was so much fun to experience. And their service and hospitality were 💯

We met Mark who works at the KOA. He rode Southern Tier a couple years ago and signed up for the Stagecoach 400 in March. Go Mark!

After eating dinner (we were so hungry), Tom said “I don’t know if I’ve been any happier. I asked you mean ever in your life or on this trip?😂 Whodathunk? A restaurant in an RV park? The food was amazing!

On to more important things… apparently a second grade class at my alma mater St. Pius X Catholic School has been learning about our ride.😊 Josie wants to know what we do if it rains. 😊

Josie, think for a minute on your own about what we need. Then “turn and talk” to your neighbor (if it’s ok with Mrs. A and Mrs. W.) What did you come up with?

If it’s sprinkling we keep riding! If it starts to rain harder we put on a rain coat and waterproof gloves. If there is lightning we stop immediately. Lastly we always make sure cars can see us in the rainy weather by wearing bright jackets and having our back bike lights on. So far we have been lucky and haven’t had any rain except at night when we aren’t riding. Have a happy day in school!

Lights out early for us as usual ‘cause guess what we get to do tomorrow? Ride bikes! 🚴🏼‍♂️🚴🏼‍♀️

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4 thoughts on “#SD2KW, Day 13, Picacho Peak to Tucson, 54 miles | To and Through Tucson”

  1. I would love to have followed your journey in media class! Researched land formations, weather, historical facts about the area, Indian tribes, who came first, hieroglyphs, etc. Math for miles per hour or day…you get the picture! Keep peddling and we’ll keep paddling!

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    1. I totally know what you mean. Every mile brings another question. There is so much natural and cultural history here. I have so many questions. With a smartphone I should be doing more investigation. 🥸 You keep the paddles up and we’ll keep the peddles down. 😉


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