Terrain: Absolutely no hills, unless you count a couple of overpasses
Distance: about 70 miles
Level: "relaxed B"
Ride leaders: Doug and Roberta Toussaint, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, 520-954-5653
This is a longer ride than most of ours, but, just to prove it is possible, we found a route that is mostly flat. Since it is a long ride, we will take the B pace moderate and steady.
We will head out River Rd, and jump on the I-10 frontage road out to Marana. Take Mandarina Rd, then across the Avra Valley to Pinal Air Park. Return via Trico Rd, Avra Valley Rd., and the bike paths. Those of you who did this ride last year will appreciate the fresh, smooth pavement on Trico Rd, which even includes a bike lane for much of the way. Grab a beer or snacks at Union Public House afterwards.
There are optional convenience store stops at around mile 25 and 45, and a portable toilet at mile 52. But do bring some food and plenty of water.
According to WIkipedia, Pinal Air Park is now the "largest commercial aircraft storage and heavy maintenance facility in the world". It is best known from its days as a secret CIA training base during the VIet Nam war. It has also been a filming site for at least one movie -- "Terminal Velocity".
NOTE the return route shown on this map is incorrect, but I'm having trouble with my mapping software today and can't seem to get it to follow the frontage road.
GPS file: pinal_air.gpx
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