A local club put on a tour from Sahuarita, a few miles south of Tucson call the Tumacacori Century, which went through Green Valley, Arivaca and then in to Tubac, a town packed with art galleries, shops and restaurants.
In Arivaca, a crossroads rather than a real town, there were two active restaurants, one the Cow Palace with a cow on the roof and across the street.....
....the other restaurant with a steer's skull defining the entrance. Don't see that every day. As I was taking a break, I saw something I had not previously seen and so scrambled to put all my stuff on, jumped on the bike and sped off.
It's an elliptical bike called an "Elliptigo". She was doing about 15mph and said she did a century ride in Los Angeles and yes, receives strange looks all the time. I would not think it to be a climbing machine but Luke Russell claims he has bought one for this weekends George Hincapie Gran Fondo. Luke was the popular choice to unseat Marty's dominance in these events among local cyclists but knowing what Marty has been doing recently and knowing Luke's crushing work load well, I don't see how Luke can pull it off, this time.
Of course, I did not do the century ride. Kind of pointless knowing what awaits me in Ohio so I did the 71 option, which finished with the long climb on Continental & Mission Roads before a nice 5 mile descent on Helmet Peak Road.