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Hob Nobbin' With FDR & Eleanor, Zane Grey, John Wayne & LBJ

Sojourn's van, part of the Arizona Bike Tour

Driving home by way of Gates Pass, (my favorite cut through the Tucson Mountains,) I saw an unusual vehicle way down below me.

What I saw first was its crown of bicycles.  I had no idea until this afternoon that one van could transport so many bicycles. 

There's a pull-off and parking lot at the foot of the pass, and I reached it just in time to snap a couple of shots before the van moved on.

Chris Morrissey is the Tour Leader for Sojourn Bicycling & Active Vacations.  (I hope he reads this blog and comments, because I didn't find out which of the two is Chris, or what the name of the other fellow is.)

The business card says "Charlotte, Vermont."  That's quite a hike from Tucson.  Ever inquisitive, I looked them up on Google to find out more.

A dining room at Rancho de la Osa has entertained the likes of Zane Grey, John Wayne, FDR & Eleanor Roosevelt and LBJ.What I found is extraordinary.  Watching a video on Sojourn's website, I was sure I recognized the dining room of Rancho De La Osa, a place my Darlin' and I have visited down by the border with Mexico.  Sure enough!  Here's some of what you'll read on the site:

"Pull on a pair of cowboy boots at historic Rancho de La Osa, a Sojourn exclusive. This remote guest ranch has served as a getaway for politicians and movie stars such as Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, John Wayne, Lyndon Johnson, and author Zane Grey. Your bicycle will be an afterthought as wrangler-led horseback rides provide a different perspective of the unique southwestern landscape. Join a guided hike and bird watch or relax in the pool and hot tub.  Kick up your heels in the Rancho's Cantina that evening while two-stepping with wranglers."

If that doesn't get you in the mood for your next vacation, check your pulse. 
There's more than one way to vacation in Arizona!

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photos by Mike in Tucson; Rancho de la Osa dining room courtesy Sojourn Bicycling & Active Vacations

EDIT:  Comment #3 was made by Sojourn's duo, Chris Morrissey & Simon Burrows, and the driver waving at us is Simon Burrows.  Thanks, Simon.

Comment balloon 30 commentsMike Jones • March 28 2009 11:11PM

Comments

Hey Mike,

  I have been to Phoenix a couple of times and have thought that it was a beautiful city.  It seemed to be very new and clean.  God knows that people from Phoenix might be thinking that I'm nuts, but the parts that I saw were incredible!

Posted by Khash Saghafi NMLS, Mortgage Loan Officer, Cleveland OH NMLS 1114762 (Liberty Home Mortgage Corporation) over 10 years ago

Khash,

Thanks for being the first to comment!  Phoenix is a city with some spectacular sights, and we love visiting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Hello Mike,

It was great to run into you earlier today beneath Golden Gate Mountain. We had just finished leading a week-long cycle tour with Sojourn Bicycle Tours. We spent the first two nights at the Hacienda del Sol in Tucson, then two nights at the Rancho de la Osa (like you surmised), then on to Tubac.  Thanks for the nice photos, and we hope you might decide to join one of our tours in 2009... for there is only one way to travel... by bike! 

Regards, Chris Morrissey & Simon Burrows

Posted by Simon Burrows over 10 years ago

Mike,

I've always had mixed emotions about those bike tours.

At first I'm anoyed, they're slow and hard to pass.

Then I think they are insane out in the sun.

Then, truth be told I'm envious of them out with people and nature is a great way to spend a day!

Horse tours even with stable horses just send me into nostalgia!

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 10 years ago

One of the wonderful things about this great country is the diversity of sights to see and experiences to enjoy.  We have the seas, the lakes, the deserts, the mountains, the great forests, the plains and the folks, all wonderful to visit. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 10 years ago
  • Mike, Chris and Simon found you! Isn't the internet great? Go Chris! Go Simon! kate ford
Posted by Kate Kate over 10 years ago

Kate,

Yes, they did!  (I think that it helped a little that I gave Chris a card with www.mikeintucson.com on it, and instructions to click the big red button that says MIKE"S BLOG)  But the internet is still great!  LOL

Lenn,

Amen to that!

Bill,

Tucson is a bicycling city; we have the international Tour de Tucson each fall.  We're also a horse-riding city, with horse-friendly homes, even in the middle of the city itself.

CHRIS & SIMON,

Thanks for coming by to comment!  It was a pleasure meeting you, and I look forward to your return.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Mike,

I have never been to Arizona but you are making it sound more inviting the more I read your posts.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike: Did you ever find out how many bikes were up there? Just curious.

:)

Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) over 10 years ago
  • Hey Mike, I SUPPOSE that may have helped a little, esp. the red button. :) kate ford
Posted by Kate Kate over 10 years ago

As for how many bikes we can fit up top, we had 17 on top of the van, and then when we are pulling the trailer, we can fit another 8 bikes.  We have enough bikes for ALL OF YOU to come on a vacation with us!  Cheers, Simon & Chris

Posted by Simon over 10 years ago

Mike~ 

Your phrase..."...crown of bicycles..." caught my eye...what a great idea for a "green" eco tour...and maybe the restaurant will supply locally-grown and harvested produce=)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago
Hello folks, I am the sister of Simon: biker, travel guide, driver, entertainer, brother, man extraordinaire of Sojourn! I have heard so many great things about these tours, and hope to go on one some day soon, perhaps when my son gets a bit older. It has always sounded so alluring to me. Where else do you get to mix exercise in the son with a sense of aesthetics, fine dining and exquisite lodging. Sounds a no brainer to me. I think bicyling in the public eye has tended to be associated either with biking that you do like seriously, with all the requisite equipment, clothing and attitude: like changing all your friends to bikers. Or its associated with Sunday jaunts or weekday pottering about within a 1 mile radius. Rarely is it a combination of the two: a decent amount of exercise followed by serious sojourning and a quality vacation. So rock on Sojourn. I intend to join you soon. Cheers, jo
Posted by Jo Burrows over 10 years ago

Mike - I was thinking the other evening that it was pretty amazing you had settled in the desert, after living as a jungle boy in South America, between the ages of 12 and 17.  Last evening, I was showing my son, the picture of your tribe, and mentioned you were now in Tucson.  He said, "I can understand that.  I lived in Key West for 4 years while in the Navy, and had a permanent rash from the humidity."  I hope that wasn't your reason for moving to Arizona:-)

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 10 years ago

Myrl,

No rashes.  LOL  I had just married in 1997 when the company I worked for asked me to accept the position of National Sales Manager.  "If you take the position," my boss said, "we want you to move somewhere west of the Mississippi in North America."  "You choose, and we'll move you there."

I came home to my bride of 4 months (who had lived all her life at the Jersey shore) and broke the news.  My Darlin' picked Arizona, and together we picked Tucson.  That's how we came to live in the desert.

Jo,

THANK YOU for commenting!  I appreciate having met your brother and his friend.  Isn't the internet wonderful!

janeAnne,

Love your idea!

Simon,

That's a lot of bikes, and (I'll bet) a lot of work!

Kate,

It was the EASY button!  LOL

Matt,

Seventeen!

Don,

I'll bet we will convert you to a visitor!  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

I'm not sure a bike trip is for me I think I would enjoy the horse back ride more.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

Mike - there is so much to see and do. I was impressed that that small encounter inspired a post and peeked interest in Rancho De La Osa

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago

Mike,  Regardless of how you did it I'm sure you enjoyed receiving their comment - the ultimate compliment,  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 10 years ago

I haven't done a trip with this group but have done bike trips with REI and Backroads.  Am going to look up Sojourn and see what they have to offer.  This time of year a bike trip in Tucson would be beautiful.  Spring is one of the times I miss living in AZ!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Wow - It sounds like a great place to visit. Is it safe to ride bikes on the road. Around here you may turn into a hood ornament

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 10 years ago

Larry,

Well then, come on out here for a visit!  :)

Cindy,

If you come to Tucson on a vacation, be sure to call and let us know!

Karen,

It is, isn't it?  There's a blog post everywhere, just waiting for its story to be told.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Hello Cindy from Northern VA. 

It is beginning to get too hot in the Tucson area to bike now, but Sojourn will be back in the Fall to lead more tours here in Arizona... you should join us then. check us out at www.GoSojourn.com

Cheers,

Simon Burrows

Posted by Simon Burrows over 10 years ago

My poor old legs aren't up to the bicycle rides anymore, but they can still work the gas pedal in a car with a CD player and The Beatles.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 10 years ago

Russel,

LOL

Simon,

Please contact me through Active Rain with your contact info; I'd love to keep in touch and blog about what's next for you.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike,

Just read your blog regarding meeting up with the Sojourn van.  Mary Ann and I were recently on a Sojourn bicycle trip with Chris and Simon in the Tucson area.  In the photo you took of the cluster of bikes on top of the van, I could not discern our tandem, but the photo probably was taken during our trip with them 3 weeks ago.  I would like to tell you and your readers what a great time we had with Sojourn visiting your beautiful state.  We do a lot of bike touring, and we have met a lot of wonderful people on these tours;  Chris and Simon are at the top of our list as far as tour leaders.  And Sojourn does it right; beautiful routes, fantastic lodging (eg: Rancho De La Osa), fun, interesting and educational activities, great food, and even time for leisure reading.  We even had a 25mph tailwind on one of the days.  What could be better.  We love your neck of the woods, Mike.  Thanks for letting me comment on your blog.

 

Tom & Mary Ann in Seattle 

Posted by Tom & Mary Ann Kofler over 10 years ago

Tom & Mary Ann,

What an honor to have you comment here!  Thank you.  You're right about the timing, so your tandem bike is up there in the mix, I'll bet.  If you come back and read this, please contact me through Active Rain  (top right of the blog page) with a mailing address.  I'd love to send you some photos.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

No strangers in you world!  Another great post about keeping your eyes open to what's going on around you! 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

Doreen,

That's right!  Thanks for spending your afternoon on my blog!  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Hey, I had to get my ten in some way.  What better place to do it.   There's always something interesting to read!

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

Doreen,

Like I said somewhere else just now, today, you're my favorite commenter!  Thanks.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

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