Trip meter 74 miles
November 30, 2012
Why Benson? Well it's on the cut-off to State Hwy 80 to Tombstone and Bisbee, two high interest sites in SE Arizona. We really don't like driving through major cities, and Tucson is no exception to this rule. That's why we stayed in North Tucson to see the Biosphere2 and why we breezed through Tucson without stopping to get to Benson and camp overnight Thursday and Friday. I say we breezed through, however we did want to make one stop at Camping World to get another pressure regulator for the water hookup- one like the one I inadvertently left behind attached to the faucet in Las Vegas. We had a backup unit, but it was too restrictive. We learned that low pressure and low flow can be, but are not necessarily linked together. Valterra makes a line of regulators that gives 15-20% more flow at less than 40psi, and that was what we were after. This Camping World store is INCREDIBLE! It has more stuff in stock than anywhere we've seen before and we've see a lot of RV stores. Needless to say, we broke our budget going in for a $16 dollar item and leaving an hour later, with $95 worth of treasure.
Back on the road again, we were in Benson within an hours time. After setting up camp and having lunch, we loaded up the car and drove 27 miles south on route 80 to see the historic old west town of Tombstone. It's Touristy- yeah, but we wanted a little whimsy with our history. Here's what we saw:
One particular store I was fascinated with, had period weaponry that were all replicas of the real thing, from guns, to knives and swords.
Next up is a picture of the front of Big Nose Kate's Saloon.
We were very interested in one modern aspect of this old town. These were the first solar electronic compacting trash cans we'd ever seen
On Friday we drove further south on Route 80 to about 12 miles from Mexico to the Historic mining town of Bisbee. We had called ahead yesterday to make reservations for a tour of the Queen Mine.
Bisbee is a very interesting and unique.town that is situated in a very steep gorge at 5,538 feet in the Mule Mountains.
We rode what looked to be an actual crew car 1800 feet into the mountain.
"Blondie" as our tour guide calls her steals the show with the dynamite stick.
Joan loved the look of these brick stairs.
On to New Mexico tomorrow
Jeff and Joan