Wild West Retreat
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... did the token geocache - and took Mike (who'd heard of caching) and Lyn with us. We delivered for them, finding a cache hidden in a hollowed out bolt. They were very impressed.
Bed wasn't too bad. It was hard, but after discovering our foam mattresses had inflatable pillows, we were able to get more comfortable. The only thing that worried us a little were the big warnings we'd had about it being tarantula and scorpion mating season and these critters were on the move.
... with a gorgeous blue sky and sunshine, plus the maples were showing us their true autumn colours. We both did some wonderful climbing, and Darrell redpointed 'Functional Idiot' 5.12b (French 7b). The gods were truly smiling on us - the perfect ending to such a memorable trip!
... usually, but the hike was terrific, from easy to moderate to difficult. I did it all and even surprised M.J. Coming down, I did run out of steam and thought I'd never see the end. Got some great pictures along the way and M.J. was a sport watching out for this old gal. In the hail, her face was getting hit quite badly and I could hear an OUCH every once in a while til she put a bandana on. Bike handles all very ...
... granaries. The latter of which were perched impossibly high in rock faces as a place to safely store food for the winter.
Despite the obvious beauty, there was one important fact that could not be ignored. After 4km of walking in heat and dust, the girls had had enough. We staggered in to the waterfall / lagoon in the nick of time. Suddenly the girls forgot they were hot and tired and dived into the freezing water. They had soon ...
... it was an easier climb than what we had anticipated.
That day we met only one other touring cyclist going in the opposite direction.
After the first two days, we had really started to enjoy large parts of our daily rides a lot more. Maybe it was partly due to ditching all that extra weight. Apart from the very first hill of the day, the one that had given Lee nightmares the night before, we only had one other major hill to contend with. And ...