S.O.O.R.T.A. Heads To Arizona: A Guest Entry by the Rudolphs

Chris Judd, who pretty much is the engine driving the Self Organized Off-Road Tandem Adventure (aka, S.O.O.R.T.A.) movement, asked us to share a blog entry by Barbara & Glenn Rudolph (see more at their WordPress blog: Reindeer Games) that provides their account of this past weeks’ “Winter Camp” in Tucson, Arizona, hosted by our friends Mark & Laura Russell.  Here ’tis:

 Mountain Biking in Tucson, AZ

Beautiful weather and amazing trails! Glenn and I spent the last week attending a Self Organized Off Road Tandem Adventure (S.O.O.R.T.A) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1534869173484183/ event. 

Riders from New Hampshire to California converged on Tucson MLK weekend to reconnect, make new friends, and tandem mountain bike ride.

We rode the following trails: Honey Bee Canyon Loop, Fantasy Island, McKenzie Ranch, and Sweetwater. We also attempted Gabe Zimmerman Canyon over Pistol Point, but turned around approximately 3 miles in for fear we were getting in over our heads with the chunky rocks, boulders and cactus. (Routes can be found on MTB Project.)

The cactus have a way of jumping on you and sticking you if you are not on the top of your game. There is not a lot of room for error in the desert!

Looking for a place to eat? Try Saguaro Corner, just outside the entrance to Saguaro National Park or Hot Rods Old Vail.

Each day we came across local riders enjoying the trails. The Sonoran Dessert Mountain Bicyclists is also a group to contact when in the area. They were very friendly and willing to give guidance as needed.

We will definitely return to enjoy more desert riding!


About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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