Today’s ride is Westbound along the Broadway corridor, to points Northwest. The following expert guided trip is the result of many years of ‘figuring it out’ with Tucson’s East side streets. It starts West of Houghton. I do this ride four times a week.
There is no avoiding staying on Broadway for some miles and several major intersections.
Now cut through this parking lot just short of Wilmot, (avoiding the intersection and mall) and merge left into a left turn onto 5th. Pass the Alamo wash and take a right on Alamo, which is the third street, and then an immediate left on Baker, which becomes 4th. Both 4th and 3rd are great routes. 2nd is cut off W. of Swan.
This second half of the ride is where peace is found. I have passed from the roar into the soar. On the side streets one finds few cars and many open, empty streets. Timing the crossings of major intersections is a game of Frogger, but easy at level 1.
On this ride, I went north of Speedway, to Bellevue and then to Lee st. Here is a portrait of good old Lee st:
An empty street is a pretty street. There is much zigging and zagging to do. Bentley. Warren. Waverly:
Waverly runs into Campbell, and there’s a hard to see gap in the wall across the Ave. Find it, continue West.
This is a weekday afternoon, my friends. Empty streets. It should be clear why I love riding in Tucson.by