Sunday, March 22, 2009

Bisbee and Mule Pass

Bisbee from the summit of Mule Pass

Today I would revenge Mule Pass. October 2007 I attempted the Cochise 252 mile ride leaving from Douglas at 2:00 a.m. but abandoned the ride at the top of Mule Pass after only 27 miles for medical reasons. Today I would climb and descend it and return to Tombstone--no problem.

Bisbee, is 90 miles southeast of Tucson. Bisbee became one of the richest mineral sites in the world, producing nearly three million ounces of gold and more than eight billion pounds of copper, not to mention the silver, lead and zinc that came from these rich Mule Mountains. By the early 1900s, the Bisbee community was the largest city in the southwest between St. Louis and San Francisco.

In 1908 a fire ravaged most of Bisbee's commercial district along Main Street, leaving nothing but a pile of ashes. It was rebuilt and is now a popular destination for tourists and home to many artisans.

The bumper sticker I bought at the Bisbee Bicycle Brothel, a vintage bicycle shop says it best: KEEP BISBEE BIZARRE-support the local fringe.

Bisbee Bicycle Brothel

Lunch in the parking lot of the Copper Queen

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