Tuesday, March 4, 2008


I'm back from Tucson.  Happy to see my wife, daughter, and cats but not snow.  I like it warm.  There is no getting around it.  I was there for 2 weeks, rode nearly 900 miles and had a blast besides too many evenings sitting in my room watching Law and Order re-runs.  I had all these notions of going to see movies that my wife didn't want to see at night, but after 5-6 hours on the bike, I never made it.  There are some great rides in Tucson-Mt. Lemmon (8600ft, 21 mile climb,) Maderos Canyon (6000 ft, 13 mile climb), and Sonaita (116 miles, 5000 feet, 30 odd miles of absolutely nothing but desert.)  I don't have many pictures because all the rides were long and involved altitude changes with temps changing from 70 to high 30's.  So my jersey had all my clothes in it as well as 1000 calories and an extra water bottle.  But the photo was taken at Maderos Canyon at 6000 feet w/ my cell phone.  I'm thinking of renting a condo for Jan/Feb/Mar next year and making multiple trips.  Anyone wanting to use it would be welcome.

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