Over the course of the last 2 weeks I have pretty much held true to my word and hung up the road bike for the remainder of my stay in Tucson. The only exception was about 200 miles of commuting back and forth to work, but thats communting, not riding or training. If I wasn't working I was hanging out on my Top Fuel! I think I have hit almost every trail system in Tucson. The only exception being the very top of Mt. Lemmon. It's a little too cold up there!
This past Tuesday Andrea and I went to Millie's Pancake House for the best pancakes in the world and then continued to the north side of town to the 50 year trail for the first time this season. It was pretty awesome. The upper loop was a little more technical than I remember, but still a pretty sweet ride. Check out this cactus Andrea hit....amazingly no flat tire....Stans at its best.
Wednesday was my last day at the shop and I stocked up on some goodies! Two new 70 oz Camelbak's and a couple pairs of new Racers Edge grips for the new bikes. Yep Andrea is buying a new Top Fuel too!
Thursday we had to do a good one with the new gear so we decided to ride up Mt. Lemmon and downhill mania the Bug Springs Trail.
Friday was the best day yet...we took a day trip up to Mesa for some new trails and good company. Red Mountain is beautiful and the Hawes trails were top notch. Even better was the fact that we had the company of some old MI friends. The Buerman's who brought me to my first race back in 1993 and the Massey's who were my middle school soccer coaches. We spent the day riding, hot tubbing, and sharing stories of bike racing adventures.
The trip up to the PHX area brought back memories of the many MBAA and road races I did while I lived in Tucson. We took a scenic drive after the mountain bike ride and next thing I know I was on Usery Pass. A place I raced often bright and early in the morning. We could see Fountain Hills and the McDowell Mtns from the top of the Hawes trails. So many times racing there at the Cactus Cup and so many times dodging crazy drivers on I-10 on the way home.