Jack lets me know it's time for the morning walk.
I made the short drive to Oro Valley to get in a 40 mile ride. Tucson is rightly maligned for the generally poor quality of its road conditions for cycling but the pavement in OV is really good.
We had a few days of highs in the 70s but a front moved through and as always, the clouds mixed with the mountains creates dramatic scenery.
We have a couple of gaps to fill in the backyard so visited an impressive nursery that had a variety of plants we had previously not seen. I thought after all the trail miles, I would have seen every plant that grows in this environment but no.
We bought "Tombstone Roses" which are supposed to grow vigorously so.....
.....into the ground they went, along with a trellis which we hope will be filled sooner rather than later.
I participated in a kind of short, at 30 miles, group ride with the Cactus Club. We paused at the Aqua Caliente park. Beautiful place with fine examples of mature palm trees. Great way to spend the morning of New Year's Eve. And it was a gut wrenching end as Buckeye fans know. Up 14 points in the 4th quarter over heavily favored Georgia. Last second field goal for the win, missed. Ugh, just ugh.