The Flight of Bear Canada

Day 31 - May 13th
Tucson to Phoenix

I rode to Tombstone, AZ. The town was billed as the town too tough to die. Well from all the gunplay, I'd say they put in a good effort. :) Downtown Tombstone looks like it's wild west days were yesterday. If you're into the old west, you have to come here. Clothing stores sold western clothing that would make you look sharper than Doc Holiday. And you could accesorize too with cowboy boots and gunbelts. And if you needed a shooting iron, there were two gunshops in town and almost every store sold replica guns as well. Too bad Canada has such repressive laws concerning replica firearms, I was starting to drool over a replica 1858 Colt Army revolver. I checked out the show at the Six-gun Saloon. The show was a cool re-enactment of some of the other gunfights the town was famous for. The shootout at the OK Corral was held at another location. I also had lunch at Big Nose Kates. (And the waitresses there dress better than at Hooter's)


One famous grave at Boot Hill.


The Tombstone Courthouse.


Downtown Tombstone.


An Old West SUV.


Playing poker at the Six-Gun Saloon, Tombstone style. Remember that six rounds beats four aces.


Settling an argument, Tombstone style.


Inside Big Nose Kate's Saloon.


Also just for kicks, I had downloaded some music from Ennio Morricone into my iPod. Morricone did the original score for Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, "A Fistfull of Dollars, A Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." There are a lot of bad imitations online, so it pays to find the original. I find riding through the Wild West listening to his music is fun.

Day 32 - May 14
Phoenix to Albuquerque

I headed east towards Albuquerque, New Mexico. The ride was nice and open. The terrain became a bit greener. The crazy part was that I had to ditch my lighweight riding jacket and put on my heavier gear. It was getting cold.


The folks around here sure are friendly.


A local band performing at night in Old Town Alberquerque.


The Church at night.

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