After joining a group ride last week and enjoying the pavement and surroundings, I returned to the town of Oracle. In the distance, Mount Lemmon still carries snow.
Rather than follow the 45 mile route of last week, I rode to the southern end of Oracle on West American Avenue, turned around and thus added 10 miles to the course.
The usual 6 mile descent on Webb Road followed, then through San Manuel on Reddington Road, descend 3 miles and head to the end of the pavement. I think I crossed 10 cattle guards in total. Some fit perfectly to the road, some do not so it can be bone jarring at times. Otherwise, the pavement is fabulous.
My time on the 6 mile ascent of Webb always sucks. But, to my left are the mountains so between that distraction and the rare car passing, it is an enjoyable climb to the extent that is possible.
I finished with 55 miles and 3300' of climbing so a good workout. I've ramped up cycling but that has come at the expense of hiking, as is the norm for me in the spring. I've ridden 3 of the last 4 days and rather than rest, am joining a group to do KItt Peak for a 2nd time this visit. More to come on that.