|Just rode 65 miles today through Troon||dgangi|
Nov 1, 2003 8:52 PM
|Fall weather has definitely arrived here in Phoenix and it makes the biking in the daytime so enjoyable.
I set off this morning for a nice, long bike ride as a training ride for the MS150. The temperature was a chilly 60 degrees and the sky was overcast. It looked and smelled like rain, but thankfully my entire ride was dry.
I left at 7:30AM from my house in Paradise Valley and headed south towards Camelback Mountain. We picked up one other friend and headed back north through Paradise Valley and up 64th St. We wound our way into North Scottsdale and headed up Pima to Dynamite (past Troon). We then turned East on Dynamite past Troon to Happy Valley Rd. After that we wound through Reata Pass and back over to Jomax. At that point I was a little lost -- we ended up on a road that wound around the east side of Pinnacle Peak Rd. The road was very windy and all downhill. I was going 37MPH around the turns - what fun!!
The smells in the desert were something to behold. It must have drizzled overnight because the creosote bushes were very pungent. They typically give off that scent after a gentle rain. It is such a clean, refreshing smell.
After the fun with the Troon area, I headed west on Pinnacle Peak to Tatum, north to Tatum Ranch, and then back into Phoenix on Cave Creek Road -- the "Phoenix Sonoran Bikeway".
Round trip was 65.3 miles. My average MPH was 19.5, some of which was solo so I am happy with that pace.
The hills from Phoenix into Scottsdale definitely wore me out. I never realized how much 1000' elevation change over a gradual distance can wear you down!
Anyway, it's so nice to ride in the daytime now that the afternoon temps are in the 70's and 80's. I am going to put in another 40 miles or so tomorrow. Hopefully all of this training will prepare me for the MS150 next weekend.
|Whats troon? Is that some kind of mud? : ) nm||the bull|
Nov 2, 2003 4:16 AM
|Whats troon? Is that some kind of mud? : ) nm||kelmeboyAZ|
Nov 2, 2003 6:50 AM
|Whats troon? Is that some kind of mud?||dgangi|
Nov 2, 2003 7:00 AM
|*High zoot* golf course and large development area in North Scottsdale with incredible vistas. The scenery is just fabulous.
Nov 2, 2003 10:16 AM
|We should ride together||pedalAZ|
Nov 2, 2003 12:14 PM
|I live in PV and will be taking delivery of my road bike sometime this week. The loop you described, and riding from PV out to Rio Verde and back through Fountain Hills will be attractive weekend rides for me.
Scott ....at... pvhacienda dotcom
|We should ride together||dgangi|
Nov 2, 2003 12:27 PM
|Sure - I'll send you an email and we can ride sometime. I have another favorite loop that starts in NE Phx, winds through PV, south to Camelback Mountain (McDonald), east, then south to Arcadia, west through the Biltmore on the canals, then back home through Pointe Squaw Peak and the bike trail through the mountain preserve.
And if you are into mountain biking, I live right on the Trail 100 and we ride either there or South Mountain on a regular basis.
|NE Phoenix to Prescott Valley!!?!||xrmattaz|
Nov 2, 2003 6:14 PM
|Wow, you guys must be in shape!
I do a loop from Prescott to PV, and that's enough for me!
|Phoenix to Prescott & return||pedalAZ|
Nov 3, 2003 7:13 AM
|Sometime this fall or in the Spring, I want to attempt the century ride from my home in Phx to Prescott via Wickenburg and the Yarnell hill, spend the night in your fine city, then return the next day the same way, only downhill.|
|Flagstaff to Prescott to Phoenix||dgangi|
Nov 3, 2003 7:40 PM
|Actually, my brother-in-law and I were contemplating a 2-day ride from Flag to Phoenix. We thought we would start in Flag, ride through Ash Fork and Chino Valley to Prescott (day 1), and then the next day ride from Prescott to Phoenix via Yarnell and Wickenburg (down the Yarnell dropoff).
That would be a fun, scenic ride. Total mileage would be around 180.
|Yeah, that would be a nice ride,||pedalAZ|
Nov 4, 2003 11:51 AM
|assuming we had a shuttle driver for the drop off in Flagstaff. When were you thinking of doing it?|
Nov 4, 2003 12:12 PM
|I thought we could do that ride in the late spring - probably April. Any time sooner than that and you run into the risk of snowstorms.
We could certainly get a shuttle up to Flagstaff. My wife and her sister-in-law could drive is in their Suburban and my Tahoe.