TRUTH, CONSEQUENCES & UFOS
Flagstaff, close to some incredible Native American pueblo sites and cliff dwellings at Wupatki National Monument, is the start to this fascinating section. The riders will spin south through a vast pine forest and quirky towns like Happy Jack and Strawberry before turning east and continuing into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. In 1975 this was the site of one of the most famous alleged alien abductions, dramatized in the 1993 movie, Fire in the Sky. Having avoided being whisked off into space, the riders will spend the night in the nearby town of Show Low. The name came from a poker game in the 1800’s where the winner of a nearby ranch was the one who displayed the lowest card in a draw, the deuce of clubs.
The route then heads into New Mexico, highlighted by a couple of days of cycling through the isolated Gila National Forest with its waterfalls, cliffs and mountain views. This is followed by a rest day in Truth or Consequences, a town famous for having changed its name to that of a popular radio quiz show in order to host a programme for the show’s 10th anniversary. The riders will be happy to know that its previous name, Hot Springs, lives up to its promise for a relaxing soak. Cyclists will now pass by the huge White Sands Missile Range where on July 16, 1945, the first.
Some long and tough days with shorter less challenging days mixed in. Environment (sometimes including wind and heat) and terrain (including some significant climbing) are more of a factor. Some unexpected challenges may creep in from time to time.
5 Nights in hotels and 7 Nights of camping
Most dinners, most breakfasts, all roadside lunches, experienced chef
Vehicle to carry your bags
GPS tracks & route notes
Experienced tour leader
Pre-tour information bulletins
Pre-tour rider discussion forum
Bring your own bicycle, for this tour, we recommend a touring bike with 35-40c tires
Flights from and to the tour start.
We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.
Map & Routes
For this tour, we recommend a touring bike, see PDF file for more information.
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