Twenty-one of us gather in Sonoita for a ride around Elgin, home to dozens of area wineries. After doing a loop of 24 miles, we would head southwest to Patagonia for a break prior to returning.
Hey, there I am on the left. I'm not in good cycling shape yet but it should come. Just keep riding, upping the miles and climbing. I'm going to take the gravel bike up the back side of Mount Lemmon in two days. There is a gravel race there in October and I want to check out the route.
We arrived in Patagonia. Lots of cyclists and bikers have gathered. Lacking brass knuckles and chains, we don't pick any fights. Actually, this area is a combat zone between two rival motorcycle gains. I hear it's about the gun running and drug distribution.
Note the bend of the plants. We had a pretty strong head wind going down hill into Patagonia so I was anxious to get going so we'd have a tail wind for the up hill return. Fortunately, the wind held and we finished with 50 miles and 1800' of climbing. Not yet done for the day, I led a couple of people up Hairpin Canyon. More on that to come.