Okay, so I didn’t make it to 100 miles for many reasons. The biggest reason is that I spent 7 hours on my bike and my ass hurt lol. When I left out for my bike ride I decided that I wanted to visit Carefree Arizona and hopefully Cave Creek as well. As you see in the city sign the distance to each city, I thought it said 45 more miles to Cave Creek so I didn’t want to attempt that yet. The sign actually says 4.5 miles to Cave Creek, I was so bummed when I got home and blew the picture up big enough for me to see it. It’s all good I had a wonderful time doing this bike ride.
I got on my bike at 4:15am MST and hit the road headed towards Fountain Hills in which I had decided to go to that area and then start my Google Maps for directions to Carefree. In doing the route that way I got a little climb in thinking that there wasn’t much climbing to get to Carefree, I was wrong; so very wrong. Going to Carefree was nothing but a huge climb and it was a struggle and a blast all at the same time. Being out so early in that area I saw many critters including several snakes dead and alive. The first thing that caught my attention as I had my headlight on and I saw what looked like a pack of pigs walking across the street a little bit in front of me. It wasn’t pigs, It was 6 Javelina’s walking across the street to get water from a housing complex.
I had to brighten the photo so that they could be seen since it was still dark. I think they were a family as they had little two little ones and they were a range of sizes. So after I took a video of them I rode up a little way and my wife (Annika) texted to check on me; I pulled over to talk with her. After I hung up I started to put my foot into my pedal and my back tire, of course, makes a nice rattle, then I got a response from a rattlesnake in the bush beside me. I was so close that I didn’t want to risk stopping my movement.
Not too much further from that spot another rattlesnake was inching his/her way across a sand area towards a bush. I kept pedaling and went on about my way. About an hour later I was turning off of Bell road onto 98th street and a coyote crossed the street. I stopped and started filming with my GoPro, sadly the GoPro wasn’t filming but I do get some footage of me trying to find it after I got the GoPro to actually start. During the rest of my travels toward Carefree, I saw a black snake with white rings approximately 6 foot long in the sandy wash area. I saw another rattlesnake in another when I was passing Happy Valley Road, and I saw and caught on film several dead baby snakes ranging from about a foot long to 1.5 foot along with several dead rabbit and mice here and there along the route. It was a critter day, to say the least.
It was a long climb to get to Carefree and a fast ride out. I did do a bit of riding in Fountain Hills as well but with the hours in the saddle, I was starting to get really sore and had run out of water. I was doing the math on the way home and when I got closer to Old Town Scottsdale I was gonna gets some water and a snack from Sonic and then head over to Phoenix to see Dave at the Bike Barn however after I stopped for a snack and to get hydrated my body started shutting down.
I stopped at our local Sonic where the staff there and the manager are extremely nice to us. They saw I was hot and tired and told me to stay inside and to park my bike beside me against the wall and it would be fine. I ordered two large ice cups of water for my water bottles to be full again, a large ice Coke and some tater tots; woohoo.
After I had my quick snack which was my first stop in almost 7 hours, I got my stuff loaded up and was gonna ride to Bike Barn. When I got on my bike my rear was sore, I could hardly pedal the rest of the way back home but I did make it.
When I made it home our neighbors had gotten us a huge bag of veggies as they do for us every now and then, so sweet of them; it’s a friendly neighbor thing. I was greeted at the door with kisses by my very perky dog. The ride and the day were completely epic. Now I did get a bit of video from the ride and will be posting up some on our YouTube Channel as soon as I get the chance. When it got dark, Annika and I went to hang out with some friends and had dinner.
Here is the Strava info from the Ride to Carefree.
What’s the plan today?
We’re gonna play today by ear, this week is gonna be very busy for us and I do plan to ride a lot. We may not ride our bikes this morning or Monday, I will be riding my bike Tuesday through Saturday and Saturday will be a big ride day to visit another new place. Our dog goes into the vet on Monday, we will keep you posted each day on her. So yup, a busy week.
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