SEAT Overnighter in Silver City

May 2014

Our original plans were to ride up to Silver City Saturday, it’s only a bit over 200 miles from Sierra Vista with very little Freeway riding.  Thanks to our son Daniel we sold two older flat screen TVs and decided to spend the money on another night on the road. 

Our plans now were to ride up to Safford Friday then on to Silver City via Mule Creek on Saturday morning.  From home to Safford would be a loop around the southeastern corner of Arizona then across I-10 at Willcox.  The Bonita-Fort Grant Road makes for a nice Long Cut to Safford.

We spent the night at the Quality Inn and Suites in Safford.  They have a nice indoor hot tub and its right across the street from the Manor House Restaurant.  Very convenient for us.

Saturday morning we got an early start and headed to Three Way for a ride up Hwy 78 past Mule Creek.  As we came over the rise to the drop off to the Gila River the smoke in the air gave us a start.  We could barely see the mountains on the other side of the Gila River.  Hopefully we wouldn’t be detoured because of fires.  Thank goodness the smoke cleared as we climbed up the mountains into New Mexico.

Hwy 180 down to Silver City is a nice ride.  We’ve stopped at Buckhorn in the past and ridden up to Gila where the Gila River starts its flow down the mountains and into Arizona.  This trip we decided to ride on to Silver City and spend some time in The Big Ditch.

The Big Ditch was created by a flood many years ago and has become a Silver City landmark.  The ditch runs through the center of old Silver City and there’s a creek flowing through it.  It’s lined with trees and makes for a cool, shady walk before doing some down town shopping.

We ate lunch at Q’s Southern Bistro, a small Mexican restaurant and micro-brewery on the corner of College and Pope.  They do a pretty good Mexican lunch and their home brew wasn’t bad.  It was getting hot and a cool, tall beer was just the ticket.

We chose the Econo Lodge in Silver City for the night.  Like the Quality Inn in Safford, the Econo Lodge has a nice indoor hot tub.  Dinner would be a Billy’s BBQ, about ¾ a mile from the Econo Lodge, an easy walk.

At Billy’s we met Dick and Louise Sackett.  They live about 5 or 6 miles to the west of Silver City and have been SEAT members for several years.  They ride a very nice K1600GTL and do some serious riding.  We had a great dinner and enjoyed their company immensely.  After stuffing ourselves with Billy’s excellent BBQ we really appreciated Dick and Louise giving us a ride back to the Econo Lodge.

Sunday morning we headed down Hwy 90 to Lordsburg.  Our ride home would be an easy 200 miles down Hwy 80 through Douglas.  We took a break at the Geronimo Surrenders monument, being sure to check for rattle snakes around the picnic table before we poured our coffee. 

We had an excellent ride and enjoyed our time with Dick and Louise.  See you on the road.

Deryle & Wanda Mehrten.

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