This isn’t going to be the normal way of writing our blog up! So apologies for the several days rolled into one. We have had a heap of downtime while we wait for Rosie to get her wheel fixed and we thought maybe us writing 2 lines each day saying that we were laying in the pool drinking beers and talking to parrots wouldn’t be that exciting! So I shall try to make up for it with a heap of photos.
So basically we have done some relaxing and haven’t even been near the bikes. Which has been nice in a way. Both of us have been exhausted and we think it is because this is the first time we have really stopped for an extended time.
Our Motostays host, Eva, has made life here so easy for us and we have been so lucky. She has an amazing home with a gorgeous pool and we have also had the luxury of being able to borrow her car. Thanks so much Eva! It is going to be tough to leave from here tomorrow!
So on Saturday we went out to one of Eva’s friends houses to meet him and check out his art. He makes sculptures out of motorcycle parts and they are very cool! He has football players, owls and turkeys! Plus he has a few bikes including a couple of Mad Max looking ones. We did give him a bit of a telling off when he told us he likes to ride at over 180 mile an hour. Thats over 300 km/hr! Naughty boy!
Then it was time for another swim and more beers while the temperature climbed into the 40’s. Bloody blissful! Tucson is almost some type of paradise with this weather!
Frank from ZMW Adventures invited us around to his place for dinner and we were quite happy to eat his salmon steaks and polenta followed by Klondike bars.
Sunday was a nice late sleep in followed by some wandering around town. Eva introduced us to a great shop called Trader Joes where I discovered a big bowl of triple ginger cookies, and then promptly ate the lot! That was the extent of our days effort and we were soon back in the pool with cold beers! Lazy day or what?
Eva had this whole week off of work so there was a few errands she wanted done around the place. We gave her a hand on Monday morning to shop for a new coffee table top and then spent the rest of the day swimming and eating. Told you this blog stuff might have been boring!
Tuesday came and we decided we really should get out and see some of the stuff in Tucson. I was keen to hit the Titan Museum so Eva lent us her truck and we took off. First though I had the GPS coordinates for an abandoned Titan Missile Silo in the desert that just maybe had an entrance broken through by vandals. So we trundled out of town to check it out.
The site was covered in gorgeous cacti and some concrete pads. I could see where there had once been some access holes but they were all concreted up and the old original entrance portal was long ago imploded. A bit of a bugger really as I would have liked to have seen inside a dismantled one. If anyone reading this knows of one I could have a look in then please let me know!
We then headed off to the Titan Museum. What a place. What an amazingly preserved piece of history. It was really cool to be inside one of these cold war silos that still had floors, the old computers, blast doors, lighting, and even a missile!
Though I must say I physically took a step back in horror when the guide told us that the warhead that used to sit in this missile had the explosive power of 9 000 000 ton of TNT. Yes that 9 MILLION! Holy crap. Enough, we were told, to level a city the size of Los Angeles. It would have created a crater 400 feet deep and a mile wide and everything, EVERYTHING, in that crater would have been instantly vapourised. That’s from one bomb. They had over 50 of these things ready to go at a moments notice. From activation to launch and the missile leaving the silo, 58 seconds.
We know this part is true because Chantelle got to sit in the Captains chair and turn the key.
The guys at the museum were super informative and I learnt a lot and asked a heap of questions. Like could they let me have this silo so I could live in it! For some reason they said unfortunately no. The thing I liked most about it was the guide who showed Chantelle how to launch the missile used to work in both the Atlas F sites, which I love, and the Titan sites. Such a cool guy!
Then it was back to ZMW where we watched as a guy called Rob pulled Rosies rim apart and threaded new spokes for it. There is a definite process to this and I had quite clearly cocked it up when I was reassembling the broken spokes. Hopefully this time there will be no more broken spokes!
Thanks Frank and Rob for sorting this bloody thing out for us!
Then it was back to Eva’s place for fish fingers and potato gems for dinner. We shall go and pick the bikes up tomorrow and we are going to be back on the road on Thursday and heading for Utah!