The Bicycling Journal of Rich Torkington

Conditioning Ride #1

Conditioning Ride #1

Standard conditioning ride today, up Bush Highway, past Salt River Recreation and the lake entrance, then south on the Beeline AZ87 to Fountain Hills.  I’m extremely out of shape, and so I took it easy almost the whole way. Imagine my delight when I saw that the Maricopa County DOT is in the process of […]

2016 Ride Plan

2016 Ride Plan

Jack says we’ve set a record for the earliest in the calendar year we’ve ever settled on a ride plan. Which is to say, we’ve got a ride plan for 2016! We actually owe that to Phil, who set the wheels in motion by forwarding a Pork Belly Ventures blurb and expressing interest in RAGBRAI […]

AZ07 – Tubac & the Tour...

AZ07 – Tubac & the Tour’s End

Everyone’s starting to feel the end of the tour. As planned, Gary got up real early this morning to begin his ride. His plan is to finish before noon in order to meet his wife. Dave got up and had a bite with him as a goodbye – right neighborly of him. The rest of […]

AZ06 – Wine Country

AZ06 – Wine Country

We were up at 7:30AM checking out the lobby breakfast trough, which turned out to be very meager. Something about a big group depleting it before we got there – I never got the details. Instead, we headed down to the Landmark Cafe on Fry Boulevard, a perfect local place with a good menu. Like […]

AZ05 – Palominas Valley

AZ05 – Palominas Valley

Despite the fact that the Good Days Café sat right outside, I lobbied this morning for the Gadsden Hotel. I knew it was a famous local landmark, and figured it would be a good place for breakfast. Besides, we might as well take in one of the sights. The Gadsden Hotel lobby is quite striking, […]

AZ04 – Stark Beauty in So. AZ

AZ04 – Stark Beauty in So. AZ

I think we all slept hard, got a late start this morning, and finally meandered over to the Longhorn Restaurant on Allen Street around 8AM. There was no need to hurry. The service there is friendly and very laid back – we received coffee and juice by 8:45AM or so. The place features breakfast skillets […]

AZ03 – Consecutive Tough Days

AZ03 – Consecutive Tough Days

Eleven hours of sleep served us all well. Breakfast at the Ramada was free, which was the meal’s only redeeming feature – otherwise typically blah. I ended up grabbing a hard boiled egg, bland potatoes, bland sausage, coffee, and apple juice. We again started out in frigid conditions, around 36°F. Tanque Verde road was SUPER […]

AZ02 – 37 Mile Climb

AZ02 – 37 Mile Climb

Uncommonly cold outside in Florence this morning, like 34°F or so. Dave knocked on our door to deliver his panniers, and I was still in bed thinking, OK, I got at least 15 more minutes <grin>. Phil and Dave left for the Old Pueblo Mexican restaurant up the street, and unfortunately they had to wait […]

AZ01 – Starting From Home

AZ01 – Starting From Home

Finally time for this tour to begin, and I need the break! Seems I have too many balls in the air lately. Jack arrived a couple days ago. Yesterday, we enjoyed a drenching but fun golf experience at Arizona Golf Resort, and we’re anticipating more rains today. We started from my house in Mesa about 7:00AM. Jack […]

Product Review: Surly Long Haul Truck...

Product Review: Surly Long Haul Trucker

Going to start with my credentials. I’ve owned a Surly Long Haul Trucker for 5 years now. In that time I’ve put 18,700 miles on it, about 8,500 of them with fully loaded panniers.  I also regularly use it for grocery shopping and errands around town.  So if you are seeking a solid user’s experience, you’ve come […]

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