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Ghost towns and abandoned mines of the Arizona Desert

So I met a buddy west of Phoenix to do some riding around in the desert to explore cool trails, and some mining history.

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After some awesome riding, we were quickly inside the first mine-shaft.  I was acting like a 4 year-old at Disneyland.  Luckily, Adrian remembered a flashlight, and we walked down into the shaft.IMG_0789

The next mine had implemented security measures to prevent exploration, thieves, and adventurers like us from penetration – the threat was also penetration. IMG_0807 IMG_0808

Needless to say we respected the wishes of the would-be-murderer, and found a more welcoming site the next day.  It was the ghost-town of Swansea, and the well-preserved/restored worker’s cottages from 1908.IMG_0830

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On top of the great riding, history, geology and ruins, we were treated to yet another awesome desert sunset.

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