The desert’s quiet

When planning my visit to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, I considered riding a big loop of 40+ miles around the park on North Puerto Blanco Drive and South Puerto Blanco Drive. The rangers I spoke with warned me against it, because the big deluge (more than three inches of rain) a few days earlier had played havoc with some of the dirt roads, and no one seemed to know for sure about current conditions on the far side of the park. I might run into several miles of deep sand.

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6 response to "The desert’s quiet"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 6, 2019

    Loving the cacti, I want one, can’t buy them here unfortunately. Great photos Bill

  2. By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 6, 2019

    More great rides and photos…enjoy the sun. We just arrived back from cold Kansas and it’s cold and raining here…..winter needs to stop!

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: March 6, 2019

    Great ride! I’m envious! I think I would be able to do parts of it on an e-bike!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: March 7, 2019

      I met Tim from Wisconsin while he was riding his ebike on North Puerto Blanco Drive. He told me the bike was fine, but he really needed wider tires to handle the gravel. That would definitely have been the case if he had tried South Puerto Blanco Drive or the Mount Ajo Loop. I recommend an electric-assist fat bike. That’s what I have my eye on.

  4. By: gregblood Posted: March 6, 2019

    One word: AWESOME.

    (Three words, actually, if you include the “one word” part.”) [Now I’ve gone and added more words. I better stop now, before my one word becomes meaningless.]

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: March 6, 2019

    I love the contrast of the rock against the vegetation. There are some really nice fault lines and gorgeous slope and dip in those rocks, too!

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