Earlier this month, Local First Arizona took a group of Localists on a weekend getaway to Ajo, Arizona! This guest blog post was written by Rexomatic Productions:
Ok we now have another favorite Arizona get-away location – – Ajo Arizona. What a beautiful place and what great hosts we had. Thanks to Kimber at Local First Arizona for inviting us to discover Ajo.
We arrived at the La Siesta Motel on Friday afternoon after about a 2 hour drive from Phoenix and checked into our Cabin. We really liked La Siesta with their cool old school AZ vacation vibe, swimming pool, tennis court, shuffle board, ping pong and great landscaping. La Siesta is adjacent to Route 85, but the cabins are tucked away behind the motel and in front of an RV Park.
We were here for a mountain bike get away, but it would make a great car club, motorcycle and/or songwriters workshop destination (more on the music later).
After checking in we headed downtown to Estrella 100 for dinner and to meet some of our other weekend explorers. The restaurant owner Tom (who happened to be a triathlete) and his wife served up burgers and salads with a great selection of AZ beers. Our friends Lanny and Carol stopped by on the way to Rocky Point.
Aaron, one of our hosts for the weekend outlined the mountain bike routes and the agenda for Saturday and Sunday. We also had a chance to visit with a few Ajo residents about the development projects they were working on and with some of the folks who were going to join us for the mountains bike rides.
After dinner we wandered over to the town square for a bike centric art exhibit. Valerie found a bicycle dragon.
We started Saturday morning with hearty breakfast burritos from the Oasis restaurant at the downtown square followed by a tour of the town. Aaron and his partners are working hard to refurbish and restore the entire downtown square. It is a pretty amazing project. They have already refurbished the old high school into apartments/studios for artists and are completing a retreat complex with the other schools.
At about 3:00 pm we met downtown to ride out to the mountain bike trails, and they were beautiful! Miles and miles of trails in every direction. A mountain bikers dream! We split into two groups – the fast intermediate riders and the rest of us who like to pace ourselves. (i.e. stop and take photos).
Note: We need to get a mountain bike for Kimber. She was a natural on a borrowed bike. The desert was extremely green with all of this rain during our monsoons. We had great support on the ride, thanks to our Ajo hosts.
After the ride we headed back to the La Siesta for Carne Asada Tacos and music by Cliff (guitar and vocals) and his wife Tera (cello) the owners of La Siesta out on the patio under the stars. These two twenty-something artists make a great duo. Cliff has a small recording studio in the motel. We think La Siesta is a natural for songwriters.
7:30 am Sunday Morning donuts and coffee at La Siesta and we all jumped on bikes to ride out of town toward the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge. Another great mountain bike ride with lots of washes and rolling hill jeep paths . Almost lost it on a 2 foot drop that surprised me, then I heard Valerie yell behind me, “Cowabunga!!!!! That was so cool!!!” We both made through okay without going over our handlebars. After reaching the Wildlife Refuge, we opted for the fast road back into town.
All in all we had a great time. We will be back.