Sunday, June 22, 2008

Summer Solstice Ride, Saguaro National Park

5 a.m. Sunrise over the Catalina Mts. I had to get up at 4 a.m. Sunday morning...

John and Cathy on the tandem, on our way to ride up Gates Pass, and into Saguaro Nat'l Park.

Yours and John, top of Gates Pass. The valley is flooded with sunlight!

A big group of cyclists arrvies just after we reach the top.

Riding down Gates Pass Rd, on our way to McCain Loop. This morning I ran over a rattlesnake crossing the road. John and Cathy were behind me and I told them head's up! But they didn't see him--he must have crossed back into the desert.

Ride in Peace -- Again, Gentle Readers, the mysterious Wolf appears--from thin air--only to quickly vanish. Is he a man? Or spirit? I believe him from the Spirit World.

Riding in Saguaro National Park.

It has been so dry and hot--we need the monsoons to start up, Gentler Readers.

The Sonoran Desert, Saguaro Nat'l Park. Behind us about 60 miles, Old Mexico.

We're on McCain Loop, and will ride around this mtn range out of the park.

Saguaro Nat'l Park gives way to farm land.

We ride out a bit futher to put in 10 more miles on the flats. Out here is old Marana with the cotton fields and cattle and horse ranches. Developement hasn't invaded out here yet. Hope it dosen't--its the open road, mes amis.

Thanks to Cathy for taking a pretty good shot of me riding. I'm feeling strong but even the heat starts to wear the most hardy Arizona cyclist down. As we head back into town, there's a headwind, and now at about 9 a.m. the temps are reaching 95 to 100 degrees. No matter, it was a great day and we're happy about the Summer Solstice.

Tailwinds and Safe Riding to you!

Cheers! Bruce

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