Rested yesterday, easy 18 mile ride today where I passed an odd work of art. The roads are adorned by dozens of similar pieces. I am gearing up to cut into Tom Danielson's enormous gap on the 21 mile segment up Mount Lemmon. He is at 1:19, me at...cough, cough, 2:41. Yet, I have a plan. I stupidly did not realize that the time I spend stopping to talk to tourists....THE CLOCK IS STILL TICKING! I thought when I stopped the Garmin, the timer stopped but nooooo. There is 20-30 minutes right there. Then, no fluids until mile 26 at Summerhaven so I carry 3 bottles. Not this time, only 1 and I will preposition another up the mountain...brilliant. Then the wind. OK, not looking good for tomorrow with winds from the southeast, changing to a favorable southwest at 11:00am but by then it will be 90. I will sustain the highest effort I can for the 21 mile segment, gaining 5454' and see what I can do.
Now folks remember. The primary purpose of the blog is 10 years from now when I am in an assisted living place, I will look back and read these posts for entertainment. So, I have heard a lot about a place called the Golden Goose. Apparently, people from a nearby affluent development, take items here to donate. The poor and wretched then visit and buy the items. The store is staffed with volunteers and all proceeds donated to a variety of charities. Neat concept and I know of 3 pieces of art, purchased by a friend for $25-35 that have a market value many times that. So, I decided....
....to check out the place. It was packed with people. I lack the judgement to assess the pieces of art so of course gravitated to the golf section. Mostly junk. Wandered for awhile and purchased.....
....a game of Monopoly and puzzle to keep in the unit here. $10 total!!!