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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Arizona Moto-Camping Adventure - Day 5 - Part 1

Sunday was my last full day in Arizona and the sun was finally shining.  I packed up the bike and headed into downtown Tucson to the historic Hotel Congress for breakfast at Cup Cafe.

It's a cool old hotel (that is allegedly haunted) and the cafe had a copper penny floor and interesting wine bottle chandeliers.

I ate at the bar.  I had the cast iron baked eggs (two eggs, ham, leeks, and Gruy√®re cheese, baked in cream, with fine herbs, hotel potatoes, and toast), which was absolutely awesome.  I have never had anything like it.

If you haven't noticed, I have been finding some awesome food on this trip.  Some is luck but the combination of Yelp and a GPS makes finding the best food in a new place almost too easy.

After breakfast, I headed north along some scenic roads towards Globe, AZ.  The sun was finally smiling on me and the high was supposed to be in the 60s F.

I had to stop along the way and check in for my flight 24 hours out from my departure time so I wouldn't be screwed over by Southwest's no-assigned-seats policy.  The first town I stopped in had no cell service but the next town 20 minutes up the road did.  This was the town without service (shocking):

With that out of the way, I went as far north as Globe and then cut west towards Apache Junction, AZ.  The scenery kept getting better.

Once I got to Apache Junction, I turned off the highway to heads towards Tortilla Flats but I noticed a very busy little restaurant called Tres Banderas.  It serves Mexican, Italian, and American food so it couldn't be bad, right?  I was hungry so I took a chance and stopped.

I saw this guy through the window getting into his car.  He was no joke - two big guns holstered on his belt, cowboy hat, and wispy gray beard.

I had a taco and a tamale.  The tamale was OK but the taco was quite possibly the best I've ever had.

From there, I made my way up the very scenic and curvy road to Tortilla Flat, AZ.  Come back for the pics.

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