Since we brought our new toy home, I haven’t had much of a chance to go play with it. Jay has been out a few times, he found some people around here to ride with. Turns out there are quite a few people around that have a toy in the garage, not just their hot rods or car projects or golf carts. And since I work two days a week, and have been playing golf once or twice a week, he has had plenty of time without me to go riding in the desert.
He met a couple from Saskatchewan, Ron and Lynn, who have a RZR 1000 who have been on the lookout for some like minded people to ride with and it turns out we are some of those like minded people. They wanted to go east to Hot Well Dunes to check it out. This was a place that I had found last fall that I thought would be a good place to take the Montana for a few days, before we considered buying the RZR. We were going to head over there in December, but then the weather turned cold and it’s a little higher elevation there and was really cold then so we put it off.
They had read about the dunes in their Guide to Arizona back roads and 4-wheel drive trails handbook. I was hesitant to go because it’s about 3 hours from here, long way for a day trip in my mind and I had an 8:07 tee time Friday morning so I wasn’t able to stay overnight anywhere. They haul their RZR in the back of their Ford pickup, so Ron offered to drive and tow our car trailer with our RZR on it. I was still hesitant, but thought, that’s what we bought it for, to go play in the desert and to explore the off-road trails, so what the heck, let’s go.
Wednesday evening Jay went to the store to get some provisions for lunch and snacks and picked up the trailer from the storage lot to have it at the house for an early start on Thursday. Ron and Lynn showed up promptly at 7:00 a.m. and we were loaded and ready to go by 7:15. Had a brief stop in Benson for fuel and made it to the Hot Well Dunes by about 10:00. It was a sunny day with the temperature in the low 80’s and a light breeze. We unloaded and took off!! First went exploring out in the foothills on a gravel road and found an old concrete dam.
Then we made our way back to the picnic area for our lunch and a soak in the hot water. After that, it’s time to play in the sand! So off we go. We take turns taking the lead, zipping around the trails, just seeing what there is to see. The wind is bringing in some clouds for a little bit of cover and casting some great shadows on the mountain sides. Those shadows really bring out the color in the rocks and create some great scenery. Of course I had my camera with me and played around with that a bit.
We found a bigger sandy dune, more open and there was a fun donut hole we took turns playing in. And took turns running up and down, and down and up the hill. After a couple of hours of all of that, it was time to start packing up for the long drive back. We got everything loaded up then took a nice soak in the hot water again.
Needed to leave the sand where we found it, in the desert. We got on the road to head back about 5:00, I suggested we stop somewhere along the way back for some dinner, I was already getting hungry, and thanks to Trip Advisor we found the Big Tex B-B-Q in Willcox. The meat was good, Jay had beef ribs, Ron had some brisket, Lynn had some pulled pork and I had a burger. They need a little work on their fries, so I think if we stop in there again I would have the pinto beans. Jay had those and they were good.
It was a wise idea to stop, I knew it would be late when we got back and we would be tired. And were we ever tired. Slept like a rock, then an early get up Friday morning for my golf game at Desert Hills with Pat and Gary. Boy, was my putting off! Really gave me a bad score, but we had a good time. The greens there are really fast and Gary gave me a tip for playing them so I’ll have to go practice that new technique to see if I can make it pay off in time for our tournament in a few weeks. I think part of my problem was I was tired from all that playing in the desert on the RZR. Who knew retirement was going to be so busy?