Category: RA 2011

preRA: Bartlett Lake

Solo conditioning ride – loaded down even more than usual.  I anticipated high temperatures and climbing and got plenty of both. Started at Thompson Peak Parkway in North Scottsdale and chugged north up Pima Highway to Cave Creek Road, and eventually out east onto Bartlett Dam Road.  I’d always wanted to try this popular route, knew it was hilly, and figured it’d be a good test for a lot of reasons. It surely was a physical test, with about 4,700 feet of climbing and early afternoon temperatures that hit over 100F.  But in many ways, I thought the ride was

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preRA: Queen Creek

When the alarm bell went off Saturday morning, I just lay there in bed and stared at the ceiling.  Friday’s ride had been a workout for me, and the idea of a spirited chug with the bike club around the foothills of Ahwatukee just did not appeal. However, I decided I’d like to do a little pedaling this weekend, so when Linda set off for golf this morning, I hopped onto the still-loaded Surly and set off south for Queen Creek.  I’d always wanted to explore the passage down there, both by Ironwood Road and by Ellsworth Road, because they

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preRA: Fountain Hills #1

Originally I had a multiday ride scheduled for this weekend, one over in California.  Postponed due to 2 factors:  1) medium winds are forecast for the area (Salton Sea) for all three days of riding, and 2) no one will go on it with me <grin>. This ride was a nice surrogate.  Jesse and I both loaded down our bikes and took off from our respective homes towards Fountain Hills.   Both our routes took us about 35 miles, mine up around Saguaro Lake, his up around Dynamite and Rio Verde and down McDowell Mtn Rd. At the junction of Bush

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preRA: South Mountain

Well, it’s March, and high time for working into final shape for our departure in May.  In my way of thinking, this means doing a number of longer rides, i.e. 60 to 100+ miles, in order to build endurance and toughen the saddle.  And it also means doing a  number of rides that will simulate the daily routine, i.e. fully loaded and in the 50  or 60 mile range. Following last Saturday’s club ride, Gary and Frank discussed plans to do this conditioning ride, and so I ditched my own plan for a century and instead showed up Sunday morning

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preRA: Planning

If you’re wondering what that RA2011 is to the right, it stands for Ride Across.  Seven of us plan to make an attempt to ride across the North American continent during the summer of 2011.  I guess it’s something on the bucket list for each one of us in one form or another.  My riding partners will be Jack, Jesse, Gary, Frank, Roger, and Bill. Name: Jack and I originated the ride back in September last year and eventually started referring to it as “RA.”  We liked the idea that it didn’t focus on the USA exclusively, since our route

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Scottsdale Trial Ride

I suppose a one-day training ride hardly deserves a blog entry here. But this ride deserves it for several reasons: 1. It symbolizes the first concrete step of our training for a cross country trip next summer. Well, perhaps we shouldn’t call it training so far in advance, but an exercise to see what it would feel like. 2. It was Jesse’s first all-day ride on a fully loaded (70+ lb) touring bike. 3. We took some pictures and this was the best use of them. I spent the previous night pulling out my packing list from the Dakota Tour

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