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Just put in 58 miles - what a nice ride(6 posts)

Just put in 58 miles - what a nice ridedgangi
Oct 18, 2003 11:08 AM
This morning I went on a 58 mile ride with 4 other guys that started at 6:30. The weather in Phoenix is soooo nice when the sun comes up -- about 65 with no humidity. In fact, I was a little chilly when we got rolling.

We started from north central Phoenix, then went east on the canal trail past the Biltmore (got to enjoy the cute runners going by!), southeast to Arcadia (more cute runners), then north through Paradise Valley, east and up the hill to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale (vistas were *incredible*), north through Scottsdale towards McDowell Mountain Ranch (more uphill, more scenery), west past the Phoenix Mayo Clinic, and back south to home.

Total ride time was just under 3 hours - we averaged 19 MPH.

My new Fuji Team bike is holding up well so far. Shifting is smooth, handling is tight, ride is refined (for an AL bike), and sprinting is easy thanks to the 16.6 pound weight.

Fall in Phoenix is so great. The morning smells of the desert are stupendous. I could never put my finger on what native plants make that smell -- creosote bushes or the mesquite trees.

I plan on doing another 50+ mile ride tomorrow morning. I have to take advantage of this fall weather before it cools down to 50 in the morning (that's cold for us!).

Thx...Doug
nothing like fall in the southwestterry b
Oct 18, 2003 11:31 AM
I'm 400 miles to your east at 4000 feet higher. At 6:30 here this morning, it was 39 degrees - so I waited until 9:30 to do my long ride. 59 degrees at departure, 81 at my 12:30 return. Slight wind, cottonwoods along the Rio turning gold, empty roads. Can't beat the fall in the desert.
You guys should have put in the extra five to do the metric 100TNRyder
Oct 18, 2003 7:20 PM
Sounds like a nice ride. Here in Wichita Falls TX, I did a solo 48 miles this AM. Temp was around 55 when I rolled out and around 72 when I rolled in just after noon. Beutiful weather and I was a little surprised by all the people I saw out riding. I have to get my rides in while I can as I will be moving to Minot ND, next month.
it is great in PHX this time of yearbabyhuey77
Oct 18, 2003 9:10 PM
Doug,

I totally agree with you, I was chilly when I started riding at 6:30 this Morning, But by 7:15 it was beautiful. People often wonder how we can stand to live in the desert in the summer, it is this time of the year that we live for, even we are going through a record heat wave. Anyways, we should try to hook up sometime. I live in Tempe and with Arizona State University, check out our website at azracers.com.

Brad
it is great in PHX this time of yeardgangi
Oct 18, 2003 9:39 PM
I plan on doing another ride tomorrow AM, probably in North Phoenix. Are you a student at ASU?? My e-mail address is published in my profile. Drop me a line sometime and we can ride on the weekend (don't ride much during the week with work and all).

Hopefully the heat will break even more by next weekend. It got a little hot this morning by 10AM.

Thx...Doug
32 degrees at 6:30 this morning, and that was...BowWow
Oct 18, 2003 9:22 PM
warm! Managed 52km in 1:32 - a bit slow, but within acceptable range for a good workout. Gusting headwind going out, gave a nice push back home. Wore tights over shorts, windbreaker, long sleeved turtleneck, headband, warm gloves, booties. Actually a very nice ride in exceptional weather for western Canada this time of year!

I'd kill to be in Phoenix right now! I grew up there, went to Maryvale HS and Agua Fria HS (lived in Litchfireld Park), used to work just north of the Biltmore, relatives in Mesa, sister used to live at the foot of South Mountain, on and on and on... Thanks for some great memories - and QUIT CRYING ABOUT 50 DEGREES!!! ;^)

Steve