A typical point of rest and refueling at a gas station. I joined a group ride that was going to soft pedal to the base of Mt Lemmon and then ride to Molino Basin at mile 5ish. The 12 of us hit the base and I rode away with "Ron". I put a dig in and got about 100 yards on him and kept pedaling. Each time I looked back, Ron was still there. Mile 1, 2. 3 and 4. Soon thereafter, I looked back and he had closed to about 30 yards...yikes. I renewed my effort and reached the Molino Basin Overlook and pulled into the parking lot, the winner! Except I wasn't, We actually were headed to the Molino Basin picnic area which as it turns out was at mile 6. The effort fried my legs but the coast down was great and then I left the group for more miles, hitting the above station at mile 25.
I reached Saguaro Park East and rode the 8 mile loop once and then a second time but I was getting tired and pulled in to....
....a pull out about half way up a 1/2 mile climb to rest. A 20 member group from "The Cycling House" passed. This is a popular cycling camp not only here but internationally too.
I headed back to the car with 51 miles and 3500' of climbing. A good first day.