5/20/2016: another beauty! single layer cycling clothes all day , with temps in the 59-85 range.I could happily avoid most of Albuquerque but as you leave town views of big, open high-desert vistas and distant rock formations await! Most of the morning was spent climbing- we ascended approx. 5400 ft today. We traveled along what … More Day 13: Albuquerque to Santa Fe, NM
5/19/2016: I’m starting to accept that all my personal attempts to control my little world- don’t mean much to Mother Nature. She was in control fully again today! And what a masterpiece!! 38 degrees to start- I looked like the Michelin Man with plastic lab gloves under my long fingered bike gloves , 4 layers … More Day 12: Grant to Albuquerque NM
5/18/2016: after yesterday, everyone feared the rain. Duffel bags were light- everyone was wearing layers for warmth and rain gear i.e. booties, head protection(often the bathroom shower cap), jackets, and gloves. The hotel was great – a comfort inn and the Navajo women helping with breakfast was excited about yesterday’s rain. She a veggie gardener- … More Day 11: Gallup to Grant, NM
5/17/2016: Holbrook can grow on you- lots of Navajo jewelry, sculpturing and petrified wood , as you see. That’s a few of our crew mimicking a revered warrior- that may have set the days tone- don’t piss off the gods or locals! Because, these rides can get crazy!! Today was nearly impossible. What the wind … More Day 10: Holbrook Az. To Gallup, NM
5/16/2016-Monday: I think if you could give a touring cyclist the perfect day for a 92 mile ride in the Arizona desert, today would be it! We left Flag at 730AM with 45 degree cool clear sky’s. The best part – trailing wind that at times had us hitting 30 mph without peddling! Remarkable! … More Day 9 Flagstaff to Holbrook Az.
May 14-15. Rest day finally. Yesterday, I would describe as beauty and the beast. Started as a steady climb then magic– the outskirts of Sedona. God had his best paints and brushes saved for here. We stopped just into town for a smoothie- peach and banana but I paid for that pleasure – serious hypoglycemia … More Day 7-8 Cottonwood to Flagstaff, Az
5/13/2016 . I better start adding the dates – the days are really running together. Leaving Prescott we could see a snow covered Mt in the distance. It was the San Francisco Mt in Flagstaff- over 50 miles away! Clear, in mid- 70’s as we climbed about 1500ft into pines and high desert- tough ascent … More Day 6 Prescott to Cottonwood Az.
Most fun day so far!! Not without a hot (102) and difficult ascent of almost 6500 ft but the descent through Ponderosa Pines and high desert plants on a great road- fantastic! We hit speeds of 36 mph. Finally got into Prescott in the early afternoon with some spare energy. Passed through Yarnell Az. Where … More Day 5 Wickenburg to Prescott
I’m posting early today. I do it in phases. Up at 515am – frankly a bit freaked by the upcoming ride. It’s 116 mi with some long climbs and the heat. We’ll see, I’m headed into a place where I haven’t been before. It’s 925pm-hardest day on a bike I’ve ever had. 116 miles . … More Day 4 BLythe to Wickenburg
Started out at 730am – cool 66 and tailwinds! We felt like pros moving along at 25-30 mph but by 12 noon the wind gods were playing! Now they came howling from our front and on our right. With some solid Pace- lines we made it. But the Heat is draining and unrelenting. We are … More Day 3 Indio to Blythe