I never, ever, ever, dreamed we’d be back at the KOA in Black Canyon City. If you regularly follow the blog, you’ll remember I called this place a dump. Our first visit here it was 100 plus degrees and we were limping home with a rear broken window on the Airstream.
Little did we know at the time, but Black Canyon City is the midpoint of Black Canyon Trail, an IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) Epic Trail . It’s somewhere around 70 miles of single track that parallels the west side I-17 from Highway 69 south to the Carefree Highway. Parallels might be the wrong word. This is not like a paved bike path or a frontage road along the interstate, instead it’s very remote wilderness.
It was an absolutely amazing trail, we rode around 20 miles of it. The only complaint is a decent map is hard to come by and there are no signs identicating where you are, so if you are the adventurous sort, you would love the BCT. I hope the pictures portray the beauty and remoteness.
We got denied the glory of spending the night at the Walmart in Yuma on the way out because of Sara’s snakebite, so we made up for it on the way home. 400 miles is about a 100 more than we prefer to tow, especially at the end of a trip. Yuma is the midway point, so it’s the perfect stop. All over the USA, every day of the year, people utilize WalMart parking lots to spend the night in their RVs or cars if you are less fortunate. It is an interesting thing to do that leaves you with a lot to ponder. I think someone actually wrote a book about driving across the United States and spending every night in a different WalMart parking lot.
Whenever I think of Yuma, I think of the Padres and seeing a young Tony Gwynn. Back in the day, Yuma was the Spring Training home of the Padres. The town has grown and changed dramatically since those days. We were at the new WalMart on the east side of Yuma. This one is extra special because a train goes by approximately every 90 minutes. Ear plugs help, and an ambien helps even more. Not only do you have everything that WalMart offers 24 hours a day, including their restrooms, this one, like most, had a McDonald’s in it. And in the parking lot a Del Taco and Panda Express.
Enjoy your day.