Once again we tried to bike to the countries largest municipal park called South Mountain. Last time we tried we just didn’t go, this time we got going around 8:30 am Saturday and made our way through the maze of the downtown’s one-ways and construction. Once we got on the bike lane of Central Ave we moved at a pretty good pace. Here’s a pic of our destination: the mountains in the distance.
Here’s Tonia rocking along behind me.
We hit a roadblock when we suddenly ran out of bike lane and were forced to turn around only a mile and half from where we wanted to be. The road was just too busy to ride without the comfort of a bike lane.
We turned around and headed back home with Tonia setting the pace.
When we were getting close to downtown Tonia noticed my tire was a little squatty. We pulled over and sure enough I had a flat. Luckily from my experience with Dave on a ride through Sabin I was prepared with my hand pump, tube and tire tool. After a quick change we were back on the road. We road home and sure enough what ever was in the tire was still there and I was flat again as we rolled into the house. I took the tire off and found the tiniest little bastard sticking into the tire enough to flatten the second tube. Not sure what it was but I had to use a tweezer to get it out. I put in a third tube complete with self sealant, thanks Brian! All in all it was a 14 mile loop. Not too bad for Tonia’s VT training.
Tonia has gotten a job walking dogs for Fetch PetCare so she went off to training and I chilled around the house. She hasn’t gotten any assignments yet, but I’m sure it will be cool to see different area’s of PHX. When she got home we went to eat at Red Robin and I can only say, “That place never disappoints!”
Sunday I rode to my office on my own just to get a feel for how long it will take. It took about a half hour to get there and I was in pretty good shape. I rode home hard and shaved ten minutes off my time. Once home Tonia and I chilled for a bit then took off to Papago Park to do some mountain biking.
Papago is rated mostly with beginner tracks and easy rides. Tonia and I bounced around a bit and still didn’t ride a third of what the park had to offer. It was only about 6 miles we rode but Tonia rode all the down-hills and most of the climbs. A few of which were very technical and covered with loose rock and sand. We took it easy and Tonia’s quote was, “I did Fun.” I assume it was a combination of I had fun and I did good.
Here a few pics of what we saw on the ride.
Till next week.