Well my many cycling Ohio buddies, I departed on Tuesday, via car (head scratching moment there) to drive to AZ. If between Ohio and New Mexico there was anything worth taking an image it would be here but, alas, dreariness does not appeal. Going south in NM on #54, I did not realize I was ascending but entered a cloudy area and it began to snow, kind of hard too. I passed a sigh that said I was at 7000' elevation so that explains the snow, then descending it began to rain and then in the distance I could see sand storms so I stopped in Las Cruces for the night. The next day.....
....crossing into AZ I could see the beautiful mountain ranges, some having snow capped peaks. Yay!!!! Brilliant sunshine accompanied me for the duration of the drive that included a stop at.....
....this famous gift shop/market/Dairy Queen. Dozens of billboards from El Paso to Phoenix, along I-10 promote this place. I have never ventured into the museum to find out what "The Thing" is but understand it is some mummified object. Reaching Oro Valley, I visited a bike shop, had a 10 speed cassette swapped out for an 11 speed from the rear wheel of the Trek, placed that wheel on the "bh" along with the front wheel and now have the bh bike that I brought with me, operational.
You don't see that every day, a guy driving a 4-wheeler so he can walk 4 dogs. Got in a quick 31 mile ride and good to go for more cycling and hiking in the coming days. I am counting down the days until I return to Ohio. Really, I am.