Unscheduled stop in Gila Bend enroute to Quartzsite
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Gila Bend is considered the crossroad of the South West. Gila Bend is an old, old town which gets it's name from the sharp bend in the Gila River. It is located near a prehistoric Hohokan Indian Village which Father Eusebio Francisco Kino visited in 1699. As you enter and exit Gila Bend, there is a welcome and goodbye sign that reads "Gila Bend welcomes you. Home of 1700 friendly people and 5 old crabs". My friend Mike and I made an unscheduled stop at Gila bend enroute to Quartzsite in search for a Starbucks. Unfortunately the town did not have a Starbucks but the most modern building there happened to be a McDonalds which thank God had fresh coffee. We bought coffee and some fresh French fries.
Right outside of the town is the San Lucy district of the Tohono O'odham Nation, with a tiny settlement, San Lucy bordering the town itself: We are hoping to visit this are before I leave for Tucson, I'm looking forward to visiting the town on my way back.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.