A Bike ride, a Car Ride and Cooler Weather

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

I almost decided to sleep in today.  Almost made it too, until I saw the sunlight and couldn't resist getting up.  The sky was such that the early light would have surely been photo worthy, but I missed it.  

I left just after breakfast and took Dolores for a ride on the Granite Trail. Trail riding is a lot different than riding on asphalt.  Especially in the soft, sandy areas.  I did pretty well, but must admit that I scared myself a couple of times.  I learned, however, to slow down a bit and pay better attention.  I rode out for about two miles and then turned around, since I hadn't brought any water with me.  I did take a side ride and found a monument to the Stoneman Trail.  This was used in the 1860s to haul military cargo between two of the Forts in the area, Fort McDowell and Fort Whipple.  I didn't actually see the trail, since the monument, which included a nice bench, by the way, was about a mile from the trail itself. I put in a total of five and a half miles.  It was the longest I've ridden since last fall.  Some of the hills caused a bit of a burn in my legs, but that was just a reminder that I need more miles with Dolores.  I plan on riding farther tomorrow in my quest to see more of the desert and get into a bit better shape.  

I walked over to the new shower house and took my annual shower a bit later.  It's beautifully equipped and very user friendly.  

The weather has cooled down some.  There's snow forecast for the mountains on Saturday, so I'd best get my outdoor things in order beforehand.

After lunch I tried to find a laundromat in Fountain Hills.  It's quite a large town, but has NO coin laundry.  I did call a dry cleaners there and found this out.  The gal said that they really need one.  Too bad, since I had to drive the twenty-five miles into Mesa to do the wash. The place I found, via the phone, was nice.  It was quiet there and took less time to get the job done than it did to drive the distance.

I made an attempt to find the Fountain Hills Nocturnal Farmer's Market, but struck out again.  No watermelon for Lynnie, sadly.  

When I got back, I watched the birds try to figure out the feeder.  One little rufous (rust) headed bird had it figured out.  The dove just kept circling the pole, scratching his head, so to speak.  Really can't do both at the same time, as I think about it.

Dinner was garlic, chipped beef steak again, with a green salad.  Not as exciting as Lynn's cooking, but food isn't my greatest interest anyway.  Chocolate? That's a story for a later episode.

I'm going to wait until tomorrow to edit and post the photos of the day, since it's about ten-thirty already and time to hit the rack.  G'night all...

After a good night's sleep, I got on the trail a bit earlier this morning.  I did much the same route, but added to it on both ends.  I was tempet to take a couple of steep spurs, but resisted, thinking, "Make haste slowly", or some other thing I read once.  I took the Fuji along and got a couple of shots to add to last night's sunset and Harey surprise. You'll understand better when you view the pics.

I rode a total of 7.2 miles and it was great.  I didn't even frighten myself once!  I took water and some candy so if my energy level dropped I had some spare carbs.

When I returned to camp, I secured the bike, since high winds are expected today before the rain tomorrow.  It's just near noontime now and the temperature is 68 now and the wind very light...a breeze to be exact.  

Take care and enjoy the life you have.  It's all that we've got....so far.
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Dennis on

Loved when the sun goes down (with help ). You mudt save slot on water and soap with your "annual" shower. You never give up, do you?

photodon on

There's a laundry service (Carefree Cleaners) north in Cave Creek where you can drop your stuff off and pick it up later. While you're waiting, just down the road is Harold's Corral, a place not to miss if you are in the area.

ferd on

Nice sunsets....glad the desert biking is going well! Good for you! Hey send me Lynner's cell # please...no more land line? Off to SF on Monday with trailer! Hugs....

mike noble on

That was smart bringing the bike....you have gotten a lot of use and exercise out of it. Hey the picture of sunset with help...does that mean a bit of photoshop? Whatever it is ,,,,it looks like a painting...surrealistic or something like that....Maybe we call you the neighborhood Picasso....keep it up though.

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