Heading for Arizona Sun

Heading for Arizona Sun

As is our wont, we decided to slip out of the cold, rainy  Northwest to get some sunshine, recharge our batteries, and do some riding in the Southwest. Since Spencer now works half time, it was pretty easy to cobble together a 3-week trip to Tucson. We thought... Read more...
2011 Spring Break Tucson

2011 Spring Break Tucson

January 16, 2011……..I mean April 16, 2011, dawned cold and dismal, as had most days this winter in Seattle. But it was to change dramatically for us. We were heading for Tucson, Arizona for a week of R&R. The omens were positive. Our flight left at a respectable... Read more...
Spring Break in Tucson

Spring Break in Tucson

The Reader’s Digest version is we rode 255 miles in 5 days while staying with folks we met on the GABA ride last September. (Actually it was 6 days, but we took one off because Sheila got stung by a scorpion!) We flew into Tucson on Saturday April 3rd. Anabel and... Read more...
Tucson to Nogales

Tucson to Nogales

Day 6: 81.1 miles; 2,100’ elevation gain After a good night’s sleep we prepared for the last leg of our trip. I noticed our back brake was rubbing on the rim when I was checking the tires in the morning. Quick adjustment, I thought. I started playing with the spoke... Read more...
Globe to Tucson

Globe to Tucson

Day 5: 105.8 miles; 5,300’ elevation gain   The penultimate day of our tour was set up to be the hardest. It was longer than the rest with not one, but two major climbs included. The first started immediately upon leaving the casino. We returned toward Globe,... Read more...
Payson to Globe

Payson to Globe

Day 4: 93.1 miles, 4,400’ elevation gain   This day started out FAST! In no time at all we were on a 4 lane highway headed DOWN from Payson. We hit 51 mph without even trying. The downhill must have been 10-12 miles long. Then the day rolled gently through the... Read more...
Flagstaff to Payson

Flagstaff to Payson

Day 3: 98.8 miles, 4,900’ elevation gain   Today we were smart. We started with warm clothes on, not warm enough for Sheila, but then they only had to stay on for the first hour and a half. It warmed up to 104 by the afternoon! On the way to the first SAG stop... Read more...
Gray Mountain to Flagstaff

Gray Mountain to Flagstaff

Day 2: 65 miles; 4,700’ elevation gain   It was warmer as we took off from Gray Mountain. We pacelined with Anabel Hill, from Tuscon, and a guy named Al for the first 10 miles or so. It was nice. The ride was easy, a gentle uphill that took us to the entrance to... Read more...
Tusayan to Gray Mountain

Tusayan to Gray Mountain

Day 1: 72.9 miles; 3,800’ elevation gain   We started riding at 6:30 a.m. It was frosty cold out. We, rather stupidly, decided to leave our long-fingered gloves and long pants in the bags that morning. Fortunately, it was mostly uphill for the first 6 miles so we... Read more...