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I’m going to go backwards on this one! While riding the Apache Trail I noticed my brakes were howling at me, my plan was to check the rear out when Bret decides to check out the cliff dwellings (Tonto National Monument), he slows much, much quicker than I. We pull a quick turn around and head up, we strip off our riding gear, grab our cameras, and start hiking (pictures are slowly downloading). As we are heading up the path I am still filled with wonder how the cactus evolved, such a prickly bit of armor. The dwellings are a bit smallish in comparison to say the dwellings outside of Colorado Springs, but worth the hike up. Bret and I soak in the cooler air, visit with the Park Ranger, and head down. After refilling our water supply we take a close look at my rear brakes-not much to see in the way of usable material, the pads are down to the metal backing. So, we hatch up a plan, Bret wants to meet up with Christina tonight and I NEED brake pads. We call the Cycle Gear we had left 4 hours earlier and they just happen to have the pads I need. That brings me here, at the Best Western in Gold Canyon with a bit of spare time to take a shower, do some laundry in the sink, grab a bite to eat-and share a bit of my adventure. My plan is to be up at 6am, another shower, breakfast, and head to Mesa to be ready for when the store opens at 10. I’ll have the tire off, old pads off, and ready for the new organic pads. For grins and goggles I will also grab a set of fronts, just in case you know. I should be rolling for Flagstaff by 11 to rendezvous with Bret and Christina. This is just today folks!!!
Yesterday (22MAR2014) I decided to go on an intermediate level ride-I needed my bike to be in one piece and enough tread left to carry me the 1600ish miles home over the AZ and UTBDRs (Back Country Discovery Routes). Rob Watts was our trailmaster and he did one of the best led rides I have ever been on. The Morning ride started kinda sketchy, riders were still getting their groove on and Robs GPS decided to take an extended break, so we ended up on some honest single track, more than most of the riders were bargaining for, but wow, what a great job and fantastic sense of accomplishment after we made it to the originally planned trail. After lunch Tracy decided she needed to fuel up her bike so she headed off to a town just down the road-station was closed so she headed in the direction of the next town-she ended up with a flat tire on the side of the rad, so she called in the cavalry, I asked her to find a suitable stick so we could prop up the bike when we pulled the rear tire off. No issues repairing the tire with a new tube (she punctured her tire with one of the spines from a cactus). Off we went headed back home to the Boyd Ranch issue free, we found some more sand (I HATE sand), so a great days ride. As the Afternoon went on we started wondering were the other groups were, the other intermediate group showed up with nothing major to report, other than another great ride. The advanced group on the other hand? Multiple flats, and one slightly injured rider, skinned up a bit, bum knee, and feeling like he was center stage. He must be doing OK as this morning he walked, er, limped to breakfast.
More to come when I have a bit more spare time, which may be a week or more away. All I can say is once I have the pics down loaded and the “Rest of the story” emerges I think you may find your self yearning to do as I have been doing this last week.