Hello Motorcycle friends. American Rider Magazine (journal of the International Big Twin community) will soon publish my story and many photos of an incredible mototour to Arizona’s three pyramid-tombs. They’re mysterious, memorable, and majestic – like the people buried inside – and they’re located in Quartzsite, Florence, and Papago Park in Phoenix. You can check out the digital version of American Rider soon, where you’ll get a bonus Youtube video of the “Naked Bookseller,” in Quartzsite, or better yet, get a subscription to the magazine to read about my tour and great stops along the way: Dateland, The River Bottom Grill, and the amazing Reader’s Oasis bookstore in Quartzsite.
Contact me if you have an interest in taking a tour of the three pyramid tombs of Arizona. I’ll arrange hotels and one evening meal for all riders and tell the story of these out-of-the-way magical tour sites.
Here is the pyramid tomb of Hi Jolly, the most visited site in the small town of Quartzsite, which swells with winter visitors. The pyramid’s four corners are 9 feet apart and the pyramidion is eight feet high from its four-foot base to the top. Perched there is a two-foot-high steel camel, making it 14 feet high.
At sunset, the camel (some say it’s a representative of Old Topsy, a favorite of Hi Jolly’s), appears to be walking toward the dying light, casting an eerie silhouette over the cemetery and reminding visitors of a time when camels roamed the unmapped territory of Arizona.
On the National Register of Historic Places (2011) with the notation that Hi Jolly was an explorer, miner, camel herder, and head of the “Jackass Mail.” He also led the US Camel Corps, charged with surveying the land of Arizona before it became an official territory or State.