It has been a good week. Franklin and I almost reached 150 miles.
Today’s ride, Saturday was a down hill ride from Fountain Hills. The first idea was to zoom down the Bee Line to home. The Bee Line is a divided highway with a wide berm but the writer’s zooming days are past. We took the easy ride through Fountain Hills.
Last Sunday on my ride with Matt and Annika, we had chain trouble. This cause me to buy a chain gauge tool. One always needs a GOOD reason to buy a new tool. This tool measures the wear on the bicycle chain. My chain wear was way outside the limits so a new chain was installed.
Thursday was a rest day. Franklin, Beatrice and this writer piled into the Raccoon car and drove to Anthem to visit my favorite couple Joan and Hall.
It rained most of the night but only a light mist when Franklin and the writer jumped on the bicycle. It was a ride to Panera. Franklin ordered his fav.
Monday’s ride was with Matt and Annika. We rode east along the Salt River.
Sunday’s ride was with Matt and Annika. The idea was to ride west to the Phoenix football stadium. Bicycle trouble turned us around. Franklin tried to fix the bicycle but it needed a new chain. A spare was not carried.
BUT we were close to BIKE BARN. Dave opened up the shop for us and in no time we were back on the ride.
Bike Barn is a very good bike shop in Phoenix. Bike Barn, bikebarnaz.com or 602 956 3870.
Sunday the 24 was Silent Sunday. This means no cars at South Mountain Park. The popular ride is “to the towers.” Louise and I did not do this ride. We just bicycled on roads with out cars. Franklin and I plan to do the towers.
Franklin and this writer also rode around Scottsdale looking at the water from two days of rain.
Spring Training has also started here in Phoenix.
Today, Feb 25 Monday was a ride from Fountain Hills to home. Louise and I drove to Fountain Hills to check out the snow peaks. I took the bicycle home.
The fountain of Fountain Hills rises out of the lake every hour for 15 minutes. This is the first time Franklin has seen the fountain.
There is a path between Scottsdale and Fountain Hills. The road has a gate both ends but bicycles can pass. THEY leave the gates partly open for bicyclist but not motorist. This is a gated community.
The last two days, Feb 21, 22, it rained all the time. It was not a good day for riding the bicycle.
Artemis and I drove for coffee. This time last year I spent some time in the hospital with pneumonia. Artemis was send from Reno, NV to keep me company. My daughter Kate sent her. She and Major, the bear of balloons, did a great job. Major, the bear of balloons came from Dayton, OH, my son, Andy, sent him. Both Artemis and Major guard my bed at night.
As one can see, I cannot keep my buddies straight. The above picture is Beatrice. It was she and I who went for coffee. Beatrice rides with me in the raccoon car.
Those two rarely leave the house.
BUT on to the bicycle rides.
I did two rides today. I left the house this morning with an outside temperature of 32F. The ride was a climb to the first castle.
The second ride this afternoon was to check the flood waters after two days of rain.