I quickly changed my plans to drive to the Gila River (the Kearny trail exit) and do a southbound in-and-out hike. Then, I would hike north and shuttle back from Superior to Kearny. Much more doable!
So I left the Tiger Mine Trailhead in Oracle, stopped at the local breakfast place (where all the locals pegged me as a hiker despite my "town clothes" because of the distinctive hiker hobble in my gait) for some delicious peach crepes. Then I headed up to the Gila River.
I was able to find a small spot to park the car by the bridge for the southbound out and in. But I wouldn't be able to leave it there overnight. I did a nice 15 mile out and in hike in overcast, slightly drizzly weather and decided to visit Kearny to see what it was all about. Weirdly, I found every business establishment to be closed . Maybe because it was Sunday? Whatever. I was having no luck today. I'd drive on to Superior.