Tucson By Choice!: March 2009

Hob Nobbin' With FDR & Eleanor, Zane Grey, John Wayne & LBJ

Sojourn's van, part of the Arizona Bike Tour

Driving home by way of Gates Pass, (my favorite cut through the Tucson Mountains,) I saw an unusual vehicle way down below me.

What I saw first was its crown of bicycles.  I had no idea until this afternoon that one van could transport so many bicycles. 

There's a pull-off and parking lot at the foot of the pass, and I reached it just in time to snap a couple of shots before the van moved on.

Chris Morrissey is the Tour Leader for Sojourn Bicycling & Active Vacations.  (I hope he reads this blog and comments, because I didn't find out which of the two is Chris, or what the name of the other fellow is.)

The business card says "Charlotte, Vermont."  That's quite a hike from Tucson.  Ever inquisitive, I looked them up on Google to find out more.

A dining room at Rancho de la Osa has entertained the likes of Zane Grey, John Wayne, FDR & Eleanor Roosevelt and LBJ.What I found is extraordinary.  Watching a video on Sojourn's website, I was sure I recognized the dining room of Rancho De La Osa, a place my Darlin' and I have visited down by the border with Mexico.  Sure enough!  Here's some of what you'll read on the site:

"Pull on a pair of cowboy boots at historic Rancho de La Osa, a Sojourn exclusive. This remote guest ranch has served as a getaway for politicians and movie stars such as Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, John Wayne, Lyndon Johnson, and author Zane Grey. Your bicycle will be an afterthought as wrangler-led horseback rides provide a different perspective of the unique southwestern landscape. Join a guided hike and bird watch or relax in the pool and hot tub.  Kick up your heels in the Rancho's Cantina that evening while two-stepping with wranglers."

If that doesn't get you in the mood for your next vacation, check your pulse. 
There's more than one way to vacation in Arizona!


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photos by Mike in Tucson; Rancho de la Osa dining room courtesy Sojourn Bicycling & Active Vacations

EDIT:  Comment #3 was made by Sojourn's duo, Chris Morrissey & Simon Burrows, and the driver waving at us is Simon Burrows.  Thanks, Simon.

Comment balloon 30 commentsMike Jones • March 28 2009 11:11PM
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