Bike ride in the desert

zitro_joeApril 5, 2008

Nothing spectacular, straight out the camera during a bike ride. Some co-workers and I have decided to enter some races later this year. We have been doing this 17 mile trail twice a week.

Yesterday, we had a late start then one of riders folded his front wheel like taco. We lost all sunlight and it was a little intimidating through all of the cacti. One decided to reach out and touch me. I had needles from buttock to ankle. The terrain looks flat in these pictures but that just happens to be this part of the trail.

Zjoe

Here is a link that might be useful: Races

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rcnaylor

LOL'd at that last one Joe. Been there and done that.

Some ruggedly pretty country.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 7:59AM
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joanmn

Yikes, that looks painful! What pretty country.
JoanMN/FL

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 11:44AM
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zitro_joe

I had my mind on other things, like finding my way out if the desert at night.

This area is also open range for cattle. The are wild and not scared to charge you, either. I tried to take a picture of one but started yelling at me as soon as I stopped the bike, then he started to trot over to us. We booked it!

Zjoe

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 11:39PM
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kentuck_8b

Very nice! Looks like a great place to bike ride, in the daytime of course. There are many different kinds of cactus, but I think most of them bloom in late Summer.

I see the saguaro has a woodpecker hole in it.

Great photos and looking forward to seeing some more!

Kt

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 7:58AM
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zitro_joe

My wife chalks this up as boys being boys. This actually isn't my crash, but we were playing "double dog dare" on some steep drops, so I had a lot of influence on it happening. Amazingly, all that Paul recieved was a black eye. Erin does wish I would find hobbies that were less dangerous.


Zjoe

    Bookmark   May 3, 2008 at 12:56PM
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alisande

Yikes--I don't blame Erin.

Was that Jumping Cholla that got stuck to you? (I'm not sure I spelled it correctly.)

Susan

    Bookmark   May 3, 2008 at 6:35PM
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kentuck_8b

I saw a clown ride a bike like that in a rodeo once:)

Good thing you make Paul wear a helmet. How's the weather over there?

Kt

    Bookmark   May 3, 2008 at 11:09PM
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Konrad___far_north

Some nice pictures in this beautiful terrain! ....but please don't bump these cacti's too much because I might like to
see them soon!..LOL
Konrad

    Bookmark   May 3, 2008 at 11:54PM
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zitro_joe

Konrad- I will do my best to leave some cacti out for you. It has become joke around the riding group about my attraction for them, or their attraction for me.

Kt- I wonder if that clown rides the same trails we do? The helmet; Paul actually forgot to bring his helmet and tried to ride without one. I had an extra and convinced him to wear it. We may do stupid stunts, but I like to be safe when doing it. Safe and stupid!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2008 at 1:04AM
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doris_mi5

That was quite a ride. Will be remembered for a long time.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2008 at 9:13PM
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