Thursday, March 22, 2012
A Riding Report
I figured that a good solution would be to ride a seldom-used route. So I decided to drive to the town of Amado, Arizona, and ride to Arivaca. This route I've ridden once as part of my first century ride, but today's route, since I'd drive to Amado instead of ride, would be just a touch under 50 miles.
My hope here is to share a flavor of the very unique pocket of southern Arizona that is Arivaca. It's a full hour's drive from ANYWHERE. Anybody that lives there does so on purpose. Some are outcasts, socially inept. Others just seek solitude and clear thinking. Regardless, the people that live there, and in the outlying areas take a lot of pride in their community. I could shoot hundreds of pictures of the little interesting things like an old hand water-pump mounted on top of a 20 foot pole in the middle of a field. It's just funny, and cute.
Nothing to share beyond that. Enjoy the pictures.
Amado is an interesting place, most known for the bar pictured below.
One of the first things I always notice on this road (it's a favorite drive) is this huge cottonwood tree. I often wonder how old it is, what changes have occurred around it. It's a survivor.
Now I am patriotic, but not fanatic. I am completely convinced, however, that the United States' flag is the most beautiful. If it wasn't designed to look amazing in motion, it's a lucky coincidence. This one has seen better days, but where would I be if all things tattered were discarded?
The ride took me 2 1/2 hours, actually 2:32:13 to be exact. There was 1500 feet of climbing. The return trip took just under and hour's time, so it was very fast.