Saturday, 18 February 2012

February 9th-10th, 2010

Barely made it through last night it was so cold.  Great thing about having a travelling companion of the opposite sex is that you won’t feel too awkward when the temperature dips below zero and you need to snuggle up to stay warm. 
Although the skies were clear and sunny, the air was super brisk baby! 

Poor bikes.  I hope they don't have any trouble starting up.
A little memento of us braving the cold weather.  Although I didn't know it at the time, I should also note that today my baby niece Kailee was born and I became an uncle for the first time.
Despite the chilly weather, all you can do is smile.
Abraham managed to make it out alive...he did the right thing and slept in the Peugeot.
We felt the temperature immediately rise as we rode down in elevation.
The ride down was gorgeous
There seems to be a certain elevation where saguaros thrive.  The moment we hit that point, they were everywhere.

The city of Tucson, AZ in the distance
Originally Judoka was supposed to meet us at the intersection of route 60 & 79 near Queen Valley, but something came up and he couldn’t make it.  Instead, he directed us to a place in Tonto National Forest where we could pitch our tent close by.  He said that we wouldn’t be disappointed…
…he was absolutely right!  Had to ride on a little dirt to get in here, but after riding in Big Bend, this was a cake walk in comparison.  Still, we enjoyed every bit of it nonetheless.

Amanda's saguaro impersonation
We hiked up a small cliff and had dinner away from our tent.  Can’t be too cautious.  Wouldn’t want any critters spoiling our sleep in the middle of the night.  We had instant refried beans as suggested by WesterlyWinds.  It was actually pretty good; and cheap too!

We finished off the night with a few cups of boxed wine by the campfire and listening to coyotes yelp into the night.  At first it sounded like some guy was mimicking the noise, but this is what coyotes actually sound like in this area.  We never heard anything like it before; it was amazing to have experienced that. 

Cooking up some oatmeal for breakfast
I was wondering when we're going to run into one of these.  Better double check my boots before putting them on from now on.
Practice makes perfect
We rode into Phoenix later that evening and had a wonderful dinner with Judoka and his family
251 km

Thick layer of frost.
New addition to diet.
Howling in the night.

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