William Boyce Thompson was a mining engineer in this area. He created this beautiful spot in 1924. What a wonderful thing to do. This is the oldest and largest botanical garden in AZ. This area is called the Sonorian Desert. The gardens attract some unusual animals. Be aware.
A couple of things I noticed and they are connected. Cell service when you are on the road away from cities may be spotty. Plan your motel destination before you leave the town. You can always get the room when you arrive, if the season is not too busy.
This tunnel opened up in 1952 and has three lanes. It is 1217' long and the grade is 6%. At that pitch I am walking. Be sure to travel with bike lights. We continued up to Top of the World.
Globe, like many towns took off as precious metals were found. In 1875 silver was discovered and then copper. Globe still has one of the few copper smelters. Old Dominion mining operation below.
Part of the fun of bike touring is learning new things. We go through the town of Peridot and learn that it is named after a mineral found in basalt. I remember that basalt is from volcanic activity.
This area in managed by the Federal Government, BLM. A permit is required and only 50 people a day are given access. This is why planning ahead is a good practice.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.
Pacific Coast Highway