Cold rain clouds roll into Tucson as I roll out for a ride.
No one is out this chilly sunless morning, sep me with me IPod blaring the Clash into my thick skull...
This is a century plant (Agave americana) , the largest I've ever seen--even with the top four feet broken off, it's about 20 feet tall!
Saguaro and agave plant.
Huge cholla cactus.
The large regal saguaro cactus you see are often 80 to 120 years old. This one is probably two years old, and being protected by creosote bush.
Very typical seeing saguaro in a nursery. There are three growing under this Palo Verde tree. Eventually the Palo Verde will die (after 25 or 30 years) and the saguaro will remain.
On the way home I hook up with this group of cyclists, and ride with them for about 10 miles. One of the riders I discovered was Dr. W-- a leading physician here at he Desert San, an avid cyclist, and great guy. All these fellows are local doctors and surgeons that get together and ride when they can.