Group Hike to the Flat Iron

Twelve of us gather in the Lost Dutchman State Park at the Siphon Draw trail head.  It’s a long drive for everyone so I do what I can to make the drive worthwhile, including a promise to have cold beer for a post hike drink. I stopped in Catalina to buy the beer, removed it […]

Saguaro East National Park Ride

4/18/2021 0 Comments Newly repaved, the 8 mile loop through SENP is a great training route with short, steep climbs, a 1 mile+ climb, lots of turns and if you choose the right day, very little traffic. The ocotillo is in bloom but we received too little rain to encourage the magnificent wild flowers.   […]

And Now I Have One

4/15/2021 0 Comments Hey, sorry for the lack of posts but been riding a lot and don’t take many pics.  Have a big hike for Saturday though.  Meantime, I bought a cooler so I too can have cold drinks (beer) to share after our group hikes.  More to come. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Credits : […]

Kind of Desolate Out Here

4/10/2021 0 Comments Got in a 71 mile ride today that took me almost to Picacho Peak via Frontage Road but rather than continue, I….. ….hung a right on Park Link Road.  In the distance of course is Newman Peak, our hiking destination of last week.  I had left this weekend open as I planned […]

Mount Lemmon

4/7/2021 0 Comments I continue to regain cycling fitness but at a ponderously slow pace.  Recovering from the hikes takes a day or two so each is a small setback.  On Tuesday, I started up the 26 mile climb to Summerhaven.  It’s not the physical challenge as yeah, climbing for almost all of the 26 […]

Newman Peak Hike

4/2/2021 0 Comments Looking across I10, we can see Picacho Peak, about 1000′ lower than where we stood on Newman Peak.  Every hiker has reached the top of Picacho but few have done Newman.  Our band of 10 did it today.  More to come. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Credits : Mark Cycling Blog

Route Scouting

3/31/2021 0 Comments I’m escorting a group to Newman Peak, a little known peak that sits across I-10 from its much better known sister, Picacho Peak.  I’ve driven the dirt portion of the route a couple of times but needed to check it prior to our hike.  Dirt roads are susceptible to great change over […]

Fleeing CA

3/28/2021 0 Comments The wind and rain and cold caused us to spit the bit and quit CA.  Rather than drive bumper to bumper on I-10, we chose an alternate route that paralleled the 10.  It would add 2 hours to the drive time but it was worth it to drive nearly empty roads. This […]

The Ride Up Tepusquet Canyon

3/26/2021 0 Comments I waited until 11am for the temperature to warm to the upper 50’s and then off I went on a planned, 72 mile ride having 4500′ of climbing.  Rolled through Los Olivos and out Foxen Canyon Road until at mile 26, I reached…. ….Tepusquet Road and made a right turn.  The road […]

A Hike & Ocean Visit

3/23/2021 0 Comments We drove to Nojoqui Park to visit the falls.  A sign warned of mountain lion activity as we entered the trail for the short hike to the base of a 100′ falls. Jack showing his climbing prowess.  The standard, “Don’t Go Beyond This Point” signage, ignored by everyone as a view from […]

A Warm Up Day

3/23/2021 0 Comments I rode 61 miles on Saturday that included a visit to the town of Oracle.  With Sunday’s drive to CA, my legs were kind of stiff so Amy and I took a leisurely ride route out of Solvang, passing several wineries.  We got onto…. ….one of my favorites, Ballard Canyon Road.   […]

The Drive

3/22/2021 0 Comments We departed Oro Valley at 8am with an expected arrival in Solvang, CA at 5pm. All was going well as we traveled on I-8, jogged north to I-10, crossed the Colorado River and transited through….. ….Palm Springs, CA. Mount San Jacinto, towers over us at 10,800′ so slightly higher than Mount Lemmon.  Exiting […]

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