A group of 24 cyclists gather in the little town of Amado in front of a unique looking restaurant. This is a Greater Arizona Bicycling Association ride organized by Carolyn Audilet, a prolific promotor of area rides.
The group takes off and I settle in with lead group of 6. My expectations: low. The route to Arivaca is rolling but more up hill than down. I surprise myself by hanging in for 13 miles but have to spit the bit so solo the final 8 miles into.....
…..Arivaca. We pause at a café that has closed but the owner provides free coffee and access to the patio. Not sure for how long that service will be provided. Too bad as the café was a nice place to refuel. We get going but I had to pause.....
….to take a few images and lost the front group so what the heck, I solo all the way back, finishing with 43 miles and an 18mph average. That too was a big surprise. Maybe the cycling comeback won't be as arduous as I thought. Oh, I bought a gravel bike. More on my first gravel experience coming.