Day 33 – A Dead End… not

So today I am making my way towards San Antonio to visit The Alamo.  Its about 1000 miles so it’s going to take a few days.  First, however, I am going to visit Tombstone, the site of the famous OK Corral shoot out.  It’s about 25 miles off the interstate but thats ok, a 50 mile detour isn’t a big deal.

As I go through Tucson I see a Harley dealers.. expect they are shut, it being labour day.  As I pass I see it is actually open, so I turn around and go back for a visit, oh and a pin please.

More fabulous scenery and as you can see, not all deserts are just sand, there is quite a lot of greenery.

As you know, I do love a water tower, but they have to have the place name on them.  I have seen plenty of towers and onions but they have been plain so I don’t bother photographing them.  It has been quite a while since I have seen one with a place name on but yay here is one today.

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And a very nice one too, with the little roof on the top.

Very soon after this I arrive at Tombstone… I pull up to park the bike and I can’t get the sidestand down as its on a slope and it won’t extend fully.  I am now stuck… again!  The bike is too heavy to push backwards, there is gravel on the ground and I can’t get off… jesus!!

I do manage to move the bike backwards by using my left leg jammed against the side of the engine… this is extremely hot and is burning my leg, but I don’t have a choice.  It is excruciating but at least I can now ride the bike forwards up onto the pavement and can get it round enough to get out of the gravel and off the slope.  I now park it elsewhere, but my leg is very very painful.

Anyway, Tombstone… wow what a place.  It really has been restored well, and they’ve got a Harley shop…. seriously!

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you can’t really see it in the photo but itsthe second one along with the usa flag outside.  I do pop in of course and get the obligatory pin… and the very nice saleswoman offers to take a photo of me next to the shop sign… I’m sure everyone does it.

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My 20th Harley pin

You might notice that my forehead is looking a bit red…  I forgot the sunscreen this morning.

So here is Tombstone.

One of the Saloons has a woman with a rather unfortunate name for its title…

not very kind, is it… I wonder if she did indeed have a big nose??

Interesting street names too.

It would seem I’m not the only Harley in town.

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And this is where it all happened, the OK Corral, except it’s closed… sheesh!!

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OK Corral – shut

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Looks like one of em got away

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In a nutshell

I take a leisurely walk, (hobble), around the town and by the time I have done so it is getting rather late.  The plan was to ride to Lordsburg and stop over there tonight, but its still 130 miles away, so I decide to stay in Tombstone.  I find a bed for the night on booking.com but before I go there I take a ride to the edge of town to Boot Hill, the old cemetery.

I get there at 6.30, just as they are closing… damn, I’m not having much luck.  Ok well I’ll just go to my hotel now… and what a hotel it is…

really couldn’t have been better, so perfect for a night in a place like Tombstone don’t you think.

Once I get to my room I have a look at the damage to my leg…

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Owwww… I break out the first aid kit and lance it then cover with a clean, dry dressing.  Not pretty but it will do for now.

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It feels much better for the lancing.. I’ll get some proper dressings tomorrow.

BTW, look what I found…

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Now that’s fantastic….

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