|Automatic Closing Gate - AZ Trail Ripsey Segment|
|AZ Trail at Freeman Road looking North|
Then I got out and started riding some more pieces of the AZ Trail. The AZ Trail is pretty hard, there are sections that have a lot of hike-a-bike in it and a few sections that are pretty rideable. I rode Passage 2 ( more walked than rode ) down in the Canelo Hills and got my butt kicked that day with lots of walking and pushing the bike ... something like 5.5 hours to go 15 miles. I rode Passage 15 from Freeman Road up to Kelvin and that went a lot better. The piece from Reddington Road over to Molino Basin was fun until you get to West Tank and then it's one big hike fest up the side of a mountain and then walking down the other side, because I suck at real mountain biking and was afraid of dying.
|Looking off toward Kearney|
|Above West Tank close to Molino Basin|
I think I have most of my strength "whatever there is" back from that little episode, and so here it is with less than a month to go and I am looking forward to getting back to Antelope Wells the morning of June 10 and heading back north for TD. Hoping that the knowledge that I got from last year will allow me to do it a little bit quicker, I would love to knock 5 days off. The main thing is to finish and get to Banff.
Off to Sonoita on Saturday morning for a single night out and in two weeks do a 2 night out trip and declare myself ready for this.