I signed up for a group hike with 8 others. The entire route was 67 miles but looking at the gps file, yeah, I could cut it to around 36 if I didn't want to do the entire thing. The ride began in a small town called Rio Rico, very close to the Mexican border. It would visit the aforementioned lake and then on to Patagonia Lake.
Alone am I. I hung in there just fine through rolling hills, then began a 1/2 mile climb and I continued to be ok. Reaching the top, they kept pedaling while I, just had to coast. Dropped at mile 10 on A DESCENT!!!. The pace was, by the New Albany, Ohio standard, mid B but dropped like an anchor from an old steamer.
The usually marvelous views are absent in this small slice of AZ. I reached the top of a loooong climb and descended to....
….the lake, Not much here. It is an odd feeling to arrive at the turnaround point in last place. The guys were good and we began the climb out of the basin. Soon, I was again pedaling alone prior to urging them to continue and not to worry about me. Finished with 37 miles and 2300' of climbing. Nice route with little traffic. Something for next spring when I begin riding seriously.