A cold front moved through over night but no moisture, just cooler temps going from daytime highs in the mid 80's to low to mid 60's. I headed out for a 75 mile ride and immediately noticed the forecast winds of 3-5 were much, much stronger and rain could be seen dropping from the clouds but not reaching the surface.
I headed northwest toward Dove Mountain, then southwest, over the Picture Rocks climb and then farther west before heading south and soon....
...passed the Saguaro West visitor center and did the McCain Loop with the Tucson Mountain range looming nearby.
The sky cleared a little as I began the Gates Pass climb. Traffic was light which is good because the berm is the white line and with a very twisty road, it is a bit dangerous. In places the road is 11-12% and at the top hit 17%. The descent is long and fast and a lot of fun. Finished with the aforementioned 75 miles and 3100' of climbing.
Mark is a long-time cyclist who enjoys poking fun at himself but most especially at his friends. No nicknames or comments are intended to offend, accept them in the humor they are intended.