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 Cindie's Daily Journal: Arizona

 Yuma to the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park
(March to May, 2009)

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March 6, 2009 Yuma to Antelope Hill 42.3 miles

Oh my god! my bike is so heavy, I'm not sure if I can pedal it for more than 15 minutes. Tim's bike is loaded too, I guess I went a bit overboard on food. Well we will eat everything eventually. We stopped by to say goodbye to Mark and Faye, I will miss Faye, we had so much fun while I was in Yuma. Sometimes hitting the road is hard, leaving friends behind is a tough thing to do.  We were in luck the wind was from the west and we were riding east. We set off from Yuma through Dome Valley and it was a beautiful ride through the valley. By the time we got to Welton two and a half hours later I was ready for a break. During our break Tim talked me into stopping at Antelope Hill for the night. I really wanted to go on but it was a case of wanting to do more then I could physically do, taking the last week off the bike really slowed me down. On the other hand Tim seemed to be riding well. We began to set up camp at Antelope Hill and Joe came by with our package from Ortlieb, it had arrived 6 hours after we had left. I guess we will have to pick it up in Phoenix later.

March 7, 2009 Antelope Hill to Sentinel 52.3 miles

I woke to the sounds of bullets flying over our heads. No kidding! someone was hunting in the wash near us and the bullets were flying. Hmm maybe we camped in the wrong place. we quickly go up to pack and start our day. Only one day on the bike and my arms feel like lead. Experience tells me that this soreness will pass eventually. We had a light wind and headed towards Dateland. The rest area near Mohawk was open and we met Cheryl's husband from the cycling club, he was on a 100 mile+ ride. He commented that we looked really loaded. yes I know I bought too much food. Yes Yes a pack rat I am and it is such a bad habit to break when I get back on the bike. In late afternoon we pedaled into Sentinel and picked up water at the only gas station and headed into the desert to camp. We camped behind an old adobe building melting into the ground, it was surrounded by trash including an old stove and refrigerator. It always amazes me that things left in the desert 50 years ago are still there and look like there were left behind just yesterday. The area was pretty trashed with broken glass too a sad sight to see.

March 8, 2009 Sentinel to mile 10 hwy 85.40.1 miles

The first thing we saw laying in the road was a rattlesnake and at 9 am it was cold and the poor thing could not move, ok that was a good thing because I had to ride within inches of his head. We stayed on the highway until Painted Rock and rode the frontage road from there until Gila Bend, the road wasn't as smooth but it was quieter than the highway.  In Gila Bend we stopped at the truck stop and I checked to see what the price of a shower was, ughh! they wanted $9 for a shower or free with the purchase of 50 gallons of fuel, well that isn't going to work for me. Drat. We turned onto highway 85 and into the abyss, nothing but the Goldwater bombing range for the next 40 miles or so. our luck we had a headwind heading south and our pace slowed down to 8 mph. We collected water in Gila Bend and Tim was miles ahead of me even with the 2.5 gallons of water tied on top. I can see that the rest in Yuma did him some good. Anyway, we had to find a place to camp and the only trees were in the washes and the fence to the bombing range wasn't that far from the road. We decided that it would not be a good idea to hide since we were on a road to Mexico and border patrol was everywhere. Sometimes it is tough to find a place to camp but this was proving to be exceptionally difficult. Then over the hill we saw what we thought was a rest area. No it was an observation area for people to watch the planes go by, novel. We pulled in and decided that was it, a place for the night. The sign said, "Overnight parking permitted, NO Camping". Ok we decided to park for the night instead of camp. HeHe.
We were expecting company at any moment but instead were eyeballed from two different border patrol helicopters. No illegals here. No one bothered us all night it even got quiet after midnight. one of the stranger places we have camped for sure.

March 9, 2009 Mile 10 hwy 85 to Ajo 40 miles

The morning was pleasant and I even got to do some tai chi this morning, ah how relaxing. Then the fun began immediately we started heading south and the wind just continued to pick up with gusts practically knocking me off my bike, oh my aching arms. Patience was in order today because it took more than 3.5 hours to ride 30 miles. I can't remember the last time we were in a wind like this. Lucky for us the wild flowers were everywhere, we had good music to listen to and traffic was light. so we pedaled on and on.
We took refuse in town for a couple of hours, let the wind die down and camped in the desert just outside of town.

March 10, Ajo to Organ Pipe 37.4 miles

What a difference a day makes, the winds died down. For some reason I have been having stomach ailments, I am guessing the water in this part of Arizona is a bit too salty for me. The ride to Organ pipe was stunning we came over a rise and the view of the desert took my breath away, it went on for ever. It seemed like it took forever to get to the campsite and rest. We could see Mexico from our camp site.

March 11 Organ Pipe Wildflower tour.

A day off the bikes and I had an opportunity to take the wildflower van tour through the park. We stopped at a number of sites, the wild flowers are out but it has already gotten too hot for some of them. This year the flowers are mainly in the washes.

March 12 Organ Pipe Ajo Mountain Loop road.

Tim and I decided to ride the 22 miles intermittent dirt/paved loop. Even though I was here yesterday the difference between riding in a car and riding a bike is huge. I saw so much more and enjoyed the smell of the desert as well. The ride was a bit hilly with a few steep place, however the park has paved some parts of the road. We stopped at Bull Pen and did a three mile hike through Estes canyon. This is where all the wildflowers are, well worth the trip.

We went to an evening presentation, it was suppose to be about the geology of the park and the poor girl who gave the talk obviously didn't understand the geology. Geology can be intimidating to some and when she mentioned how old the park was some people actually got up and left. I guess the age of the earth is still a bit of controversy. Tim and I felt really bad for the girl it was all so confusing and we didn't want to get up and leave as well. She could have used some help from one of the many geologists in the audience.

March 13 Organ Pipe 3 miles.

A short hike around the camp ground and then off to the visitor center to work on our presentation that is coming up at the end of the month. Lets just say we were inspired by last nights presentation. We always get funny reactions when we work on the computer in public places, the Organ pipe visitor center was no different. It was nice of the Park staff to let us work in their area.

We met a local ranger when he was gathering up food left behind by a couple of campers, the birds were having their dinner before they got back to camp. We asked him about the roads that are closed in the park, half the park has been closed since 2002 when a park ranger was killed. He was patrolling the border road and was gunned down by drug smugglers. Sad really sad. The Park Ranger we talked to was armed to the teeth, when did a park ranger job become scary? He said that a million dollars worth of drugs comes through the park a DAY, yes a DAY. The border patrol stops most of it but some gets through. He also added that the desert is now littered with trash where they come through with their loads. We have lost a piece of our country and a life for money and drugs. This really bothers me and I have no idea how to get it back. This is not a one way street it is a supply and demand situation and the demand must be high for so many to risk their lives for the money.

March 14 Organ Pipe to Ajo 37 miles sunny, headwind, NE winds 5 to 10 mph

People can just be funny and not always in a good way. Tim was walking to the bathroom when an RV pulled out of its space in front of him. He noticed that an electrical cord was dragging on the ground, so he was trying to tell the driver who had his window rolled up that his cord was dragging. So Tim pointed to the back of the RV and said, "Your extension cord is dragging," the old guy in the RV looked at Tim, obviously didn't understand him, and flipped him the bird. Tim was flabbergasted, at the same time some other guy was trying to get the drivers attention, the driver ignored him he just drove away. Easy going Tim let it roll, it bothered me more than him. How incredibly immature and rude of the old guy. He must of assumed something else, one only can guess.  on the road again with a mighty tailwind and to Ajo we pedaled. If it wasn't for the huge tailing piles around Ajo I would think it was a nice town.

March 15 Ajo to Sonoran Desert Monument Wilderness area. 53.4 miles sunny 75 degrees, SW winds 10 to 15 mph.

A tailwind can make all the difference in an easy or hard day, today was an easy day for the most part.
As we were riding along the fuel bottle for our stove that was on the back of Tim's bike slipped out from under the bungee cord and fell into the road. A car behind us ran over the bottle, yikes, that thing is full of gasoline, and rupture the bottle, before we knew it a liter of gasoline was on the road and our bottle was destroyed. Ut oh there goes dinner. With heavy hearts we rode into Gila bend and picked up some bread for dinner. We also picked up 10 liters of water and turned on to Maricopa road towards phoenix. Since it was Sunday traffic was heavy and we took the first road into the Monument. No motorized traffic allowed and we were glad to get to a quiet place in the desert to camp. What a beautiful place to camp and so close to phoenix.

March 16 Sonoran Desert Monument to South Mountain 60.2 miles sunny 70 to 85 degrees by the end of the day.

The first half of the ride was a headwind from the east and when we turned north at Maricopa we had a tailwind from the se. I dreaded riding into the city today, I thought we would be on narrow roads with lots of traffic. The road was a bit narrow out by Mobile but as soon as we arrived in Maricopa we were in suburbia, a line was drawn in the desert, nothing on one side and suburbia on the other. Sadly as we were riding up Maricopa road towards phoenix the amount of trash on the side of the road really brought tears to my eyes. I don't mean to complain about this all the time but the desert is so trashed, I can't understand why people just don't care.  When we got to Phoenix we rode through Awatukee and the roads had bike lanes so it was much easier to get around then we though. We met Jay through warmshowers and we stayed at his house off baseline for the night. We had a grand time with his too cats and he made us a great salmon pasta bake. Yumm.

March 17 South Mountain to Paradise Valley 28.5 miles

We left Jays house and rode the canal to central ave. then followed the Phoenix Sonoran Bikeway through downtown then dreamy draw to Paradise Valley. It was a nice ride, not at all what I expected in Phoenix. I am impressed with the bike facilities including bike lanes, they have come along way since we left 7 years ago. Since Tim and I were involved bicycle advocacy we know how much work it takes to get things done. Thanks to all involved. We will be going to Prescott in a few weeks and honestly I know I have to lower my expectations, we will see what has changed since we left 7 years ago.

April 9 Paradise Valley to Lake Pleasant 34.7 miles

We finally got out the door about 1 pm after riding to the house a couple of times because we forgot something. The ride out of town was easy thanks to directions from Rich. We picked up water at the gas station on Cave Creek rd. because we weren't sure if there would be water farther down the road. It was a good call because there wasn't another place with water. We camped in the desert near lake pleasant. Our last night in the desert, I will miss it because I love the cactus and the wildlife. However, summer comes to the desert early so it is better to move on before the high temps get here. In the middle of the night I could hear coyotes barking off in the distance, a sound that will always remind me of Arizona.

April 10 Lake Pleasant to Congress 50.5 miles

A tailwind is a beautiful thing and we had one all day long. We also managed to set up an interview with the Daily Courier in Prescott, cell phones can be handy at times. I really wanted to make it to Yarnell where we camped almost 7 years ago but it wasn't in the cards. My legs were spent so we picked up some water in Congress. I went into the restaurant and filled our 10 liter bag of water. Tim was suppose to stay with the bikes and wait. As I walked past the bar I heard Tim talking to someone inside. Ut oh, Tim in biking shorts in the Congress bar is like being in biking shorts in the outback of Australia. Yes we are 45 miles from home yet a lifestyle away. We are in cowboy country where the folks here stay their whole life and they don't always take kindly to cyclists in their way on the road. In the bar I walked and there was Tim having a friendly conversation with a local cowboy. The conversation stayed friendly, I am happy to say and I dragged Tim out of the bar. We peddled back to Manzanita Creek and put up our tent near an mine adit. Little did we know that we would spend the afternoon in the opening of the mine. We knew a big storm was coming from the south and decided it was better to hunker down in Congress where it is low and warm rather than climb up to Yarnell where it could get below freezing.

Just before sunset the storm raged in and as I lay my head on my pillow a huge flash of light blinded me and bam a crash of thunder levitated me off the ground. ok I am awake now.

April 11

It rained and rained today. We were stuck in our tent all day long, I didn't mind I had a book to read. The rain let up a little and we walked over to the mine adit to sit out the rain there rather than our tent where we could only lay down in or sit. As we were sitting there it began to hail and hail hard. It must be snowing up top.

April 12 Congress to Prescott 45.7 miles

The weather cleared and we packed our wet tent up knowing that we could dry it later and Jim and Karen's house in Prescott. I felt bad because I know the extra weight it adds to Tim's bike. It was an emotional ride up to Yarnell, yes I know this place and it hasn't changed much. The climb wasn't as bad as I made it out to be, 2000 feet down and another 2000 feet to go. As we were riding to Wilhoit our friends Marcie and Tom stopped to say hello. Oh it was good to see a familiar face. She assured me that dinner would be ready for us when we got to Prescott. We took a break in Wilhoit and met some other cyclists from Prescott. Now all we had was one last push. It was amazing, my legs knew exactly where I was, I knew every turn and hill. The hills weren't as bad as I remember. The saddest part came when we reached the top of the pass, we use to stop at the top of the pass on our club rides. Only we were in dense pine forest, now it was bare of trees, the indian fire that occurred in 2002 wiped out the ponderosa pine stand here. I had tears in my eyes as I reached back in my memory to what it use to look like. The forest is something I didn't think would change much but a fire changes everything. With a mixture of a heavy and happy heart we rode down White Spar into Prescott. As we approached the Campground Jim was standing on the side of the road with Karen, they were going to lead us through town to there house. A good thing too I think I would have gotten lost. As we rode past Copper Basin Road I wanted to turn to where I use to live but we couldn't there were renters in our house and we couldn't just pop in. I recognized downtown but that is about it. To my pleasant surprise there were bike lanes on Iron Springs. Prescott had made progress with bike lanes I was worried that we would be disappointed but I wasn't, we even saw more bike commuters then when we left. Or was it I now noticed them? hmm.

April 13 to 28 Prescott.

Jim and Karen who we stayed with because our house is rented were excellent hosts, we had our own room, enjoyed great evening meals, played with their dogs Bear and Kali and even had a party with all our friends. While in Prescott we had a book signing at Prescott Alternative Transportation's house and Tim gave a presentation at the First Assembly of God's auditorium, in my opinion it was one of Tim's best presentation's yet. Prescott has changed a lot since we left seven years ago, I felt disorientated for the first week, some intersections had changed so much I didn't know where i was. I was worried that Prescott had not improved much in the way of cycling around town. I was pleasantly surprised to see bike lanes on many roads (I don't recall any when we left) and more cyclists using them. The one thing that disappointed me was the lack of bike racks at every grocery store I stopped at, ah well that can be easily remedied. Another wonderful surprise was the new mountain bike trails that have gone in, nice very nice. It seems more and more people are realizing that Prescott is a great place to ride a mountain bike. During our stay we painted our house, sounds like a simple task but it wasn't, our tenant wasn't the easiest person to work with but we finally did get the job done.

April 29 Prescott to Cottonwood 48.7 miles

Leaving Prescott was hard to do, it seemed like we kept adding a day here and day there. I was really in my comfort zone while in Prescott and that was hard to give up. In the morning we rode out with Jim, Karen, Keith, and Max. So we had an escort out of town again only this time we were heading northeast towards Mingus mountain. Karen turned around in Prescott Valley, Jim and Keith rode with us to the base of Mingus and Max rode to the top with us, well he rode the last couple of miles alone and waited for us at the top. He handed us off to Dennis, Debbie's brother at the top of Mingus. Dennis rode his very cool recumbent to the top to meet us. He certainly had the tougher climb then we did. We stopped in Jerome on the way down and had a snack before riding to my friend/former coworker's house in Cottonwood. By the time we got to Chris's house I was pretty beat, 48 miles and 2500+ feet of climbing later my legs were jelly. Chris and Tammy have two kids, Angelo is 6 and bella is 4. Cute kids but oh so busy, Chris cooked a great dinner and Tammy baked us some cookies for the road. In the morning we were able to sit on the back porch and watch the birds and wildlife along the Verde River. A nice place to hang out for sure. It was good to see Chris again.

The ride - From Prescott we rode Willow Creek rd. to the Pioneer Parkway through Prescott Valley to 89A, the road had a good shoulder most of the way with just a few tight spots. It was 24.5 miles and over 2,500+ feet to the top of Mingus mountain at an elevation of 7032 feet. From there is was a nice downhill ride to Cottonwood. We took Mingus rd over to 89A and it has a good shoulder as well. Cornville road had lots of traffic and not much of a shoulder.

April 30 Cottonwood to Manzanita campground (oak creek canyon) 28.3 miles

We woke up to the sounds of birds out our window, the sun was up and day seemed to start early. I felt a bit groggy from the overindulgence in exercise yesterday. It always takes some time for my body to adjust to being on the road again. Tammy, Chris and family had to get out the door early but we stayed and enjoyed the view from the back patio. They have a great view of the Verde river and all it's wildlife. Awesome. It was late when we finally left Chris's house and started towards Sedona, 89A has been upgraded to a four lane highway. It was a stunning ride into Sedona, at least the rocks haven't changed since we left, although Sedona has grown immensely. We climbed for what seemed like forever but it was only 20 miles into town. With lots of room on the road I didn't mind the noise of the traffic, it was easy to ignore. Sedona and the surrounding red rocks laid before us and it was a stunning sight. It also brought back lots of memories, I studied the geology and hydrogeology in this area and did some projects in the area while I worked for the Department of Environmental Quality, oh so many years ago. Somehow we all knew then that this place was going to grow. As I pedaled along I wondered if they have addressed all the wastewater issues in this town. There was a time when septic system failures were common here, the red rocks are great for scenery and bad for percolation of wastewater.

I stopped in the chamber of commerce to get a map of oak creek canyon and locate the campgrounds. The women behind the desk was mortified that we would ride up oak creek canyon. Grant it it was a windy road but I didn't think it was death wish, matter of fact the drivers were courteous and went around us. It is more about the drivers then the road. That said if you are nervous in traffic, don't like narrow roads with drop offs then you really shouldn't be on the road. If you have cycled on New Zealand's narrow roads then this road is similar.
I knew I didn't have the legs to get to Cave Springs campground so we settled on Manzanita campground just 6 miles up the canyon. It was a great place to camp although expensive at $18 a night and there wasn't a shower. We met a nice couple from Prescott, Ken and Holly and they were great companions, Tim did a couple of hikes with them while I stayed in camp, I was so tired I didn't want to go anywhere. Usually it is Tim who is staying in camp.

The ride - From Cottonwood we rode 89A to Sedona and up Oak Creek Canyon, the shoulder is wide on the four lane highway. Traffic is heavy in Sedona and there isn't a bike lane, they are working on it. The road in the Canyon is narrow and windy. We didn't have any problems when we rode it. I would not recommend riding in the canyon on weekends, traffic will be heavy. We rode in between 3:30 and 4:30 and traffic was getting heavy. Lots of people commute to Sedona for work. From Cottonwood we climbed about 3000 feet, this is an estimate, wish we had our altimeter so we would be more accurate.

May 1 Manzanita campground to Observatory hill, Flagstaff 28.7 miles

One of the best things about cycling is the awesome sleep I get. My head hit the pillow and I was out until sunrise. Even though we are in the canyon the sun was on our tent at 7:30 am. Nice. We took our time packing and saying good bye to our neighbors. We also had plans to stop in Cave Springs campground to take a shower, we weren't sure when our next shower would be. The climb out of the canyon was not as bad as I thought and I was thrilled when we got to the top. Tim on the other had was tired, guess he ran around too much last night. haha. We took a break and had peanut butter sandwiches at a table between all the native american vendors, nice jewelry by the way, and talked to any tourist who was interested in our peanut butter sandwiches.
On the road again and Flagstaff couldn't arrive fast enough, I don't know this part of the road as well and it seemed like traffic had picked up. We rode into town around 3:30, picked up some groceries and took the bike path through the NAU campus. Wow can I say Wow, it has changed, all the open spaces are now full of buildings, I didn't even recognize the geology building. Nothing like seeing things change and feeling old, hmm I have been feeling like that lately. A big plus, tons of bikes everywhere, I would say a large majority of students do not have a car, that a good thing because I didn't see a place to park them. Lots of new buildings and add ons, I wonder how many students go to school here now.

We rode through town and had plans to camp on Observatory Mesa so we stopped in at Thorpe park to pick up water but all the fountains were off so we went over to the Army National Guard to get water. We were pointed in that direction by Mike another bike tourist. He also told us about a bike gear swap in the morning.

We rode up Observatory Mesa and Tim was surprised how many houses were there, we had to ride about 2 miles in to find national forest, it was yet another climb, oh my legs. Dinner was great and we were fast asleep at sunset again.

The ride - The road is narrow in the canyon and the switchback start at about mile marker 288 and ends at 290. Don't think your done climbing at the canyon view because the road continues to climb until about 5 miles from Flagstaff. This part of the road has no shoulder and on the climbs we would usually ride in the dirt, not much room on the road.

May 2,3,4 Flagstaff

May 5 Flagstaff to Valle 52.3 miles

May 6 Valle to Grand Canyon Mather Campground 25.6 miles

May 7 Grand Canyon, hike along the rim

May 8 Grand Canyon


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- Fort Stanwix in Rome, NY
- Rome to New York City - NYC
- Bicycle Touring in New York City NYC
- Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, New York City NYC
- 9/11 Trinity Church near the Twin Towers Terrorist Attack Site Under Construction
- Wall Street and the Manhattan Financial District in New York City
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Liberty Bell, Independence Hall on the C&O Canal Tow Path Bike Trail.
- Valley Forge National Park and Historic Site through the Amish lands to York and Gettysburg
- Gettysburg National Historic Site and Civil War Battlefield Park #1
- Bicycle Touring in Gettysburg National Park and Civil War Historic Battle Field Site.
- Gettysburg - York - Maryland - DC
- Washington DC District of Colombia Capital of the USA United States of America
- Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC

1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
5-1-10 to present
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