Jan 24, 2009

Tucson, AZ.....bicycling heaven

Ethan and his sister, Elena

A ride into the desert evening
will help you believe in God once more!

Sunset from Beaudry RV Resort
Tucson, Az

We have a friend that is one of those aging freaks of nature. He is approaching 80 (77 or 78) and just had a wreck on his ten speed bike that laid him up for a few days. He was riding to the repair shop to get the bike tuned up. I think a careless driver probably pushed him into the curb. AND he is not the only one that enjoys such a vigorous life here in the desert. I swear there at those pods that keep you young forever floating around in the pool...or maybe it is just the water.

He rides his bike into the desert near our RV resort and can go into the Saguaro National Park East to ride trails. I recall recently a ride that was ten mile which for a man of his age is quite a distance. He is one of the few seniors that actually dawns a helmet when he rides. (We are just plain stupid when it comes to that sort of thing.) We have several other serious bike riders in the park...boomers are coming our way more and more. This is, in fact, bicycle heaven. Most everyone has a bike and we ride around like a bunch of kids on a sunny summer day.

Star Pass Flowers in Bloom

Winter, 2008

Now I hear that my grandson (with his mom,dad and sister) may come to Tucson for spring break. He is an avid rider...mountain, road racing and velodrome. He and his dad want to strap the bikes on the top of the truck and come to see us. They like the idea of riding some new terrain and I think we may just have it for them here.

They are from Portland, Oregon where bicycling is so big that car drivers complain about them and there are actually streets designates for bicyclist...cars have to 'take the back seat'. I think we may have convinced them that Arizona might be fun!

When I began checking on the possibilities I found the website for biking enthusiast/tourist on the Tucson Convention and Visitors Center that gave the information on biking day trips around Tucson. They suggested these:
  1. Mission San Xavier del Bac
  2. Old Spanish Trail to Colossal Cave Mountain Park
  3. Saguaro National Park West
  4. Starr Pass
  5. Chiva Falls
    Saguaro National Park West

Each of these destination are worthy of a trip in your car but for the those that want a little more exercise, the website even designates ability levels so the rider will know what they are in for.

I love the idea that we can share this wonderful life with the younger generations. We are finding that bicycles never cease to fascinate us and even though we do not go on the rides, we get to hear the stories when they return. It is lots of fun.


More pictures on Flickr account.

Jan 20, 2009

Tucson, Arizona's...The Pines Golf Club a golf course.

We played golf yesterday at a course located in Marana, Arizona (just northwest of Tucson). The Pines Golf Club was built on the site of an older golf course. It has been revamped to snuggle among the rocks and waters of an old gravel pit site. The natural part of the landscape has stayed unchanged remaining in it's natural state inside the quarry. But on the rim surrounding it, the well maintained golf course is manicure beautifully. Before many years beautiful homes will surround the greens and fairways. ( You can catch a glimpse of the first home on the rim over looking the quarry in the upper right hand of the picture.)

My husband located our tee time on EZ Links where he "bid" on the price. We paid about $35 for our rounds of golf. We had a wonderful game of golf, saw rabbits, Road Runners, and Quail while the temperature hovered around 75 degrees. AND we were back in the RV park in time to watch the rest of the Arizona/Philadelphia football game. It was a golfers perfect day.

Arizona is the land of the Road Runner. Yes, Wiley Coyote is alive and well. He is a carnivorous little beast and will eat anything that has blood I am sure. People here feed them hamburger. The one you see here was staring at me, looking hungry. But he/she already had a lizard in the beek!

Later that evening that evening we went to Frank/Fransiscos Restuarant where we ate Mexican food and I snapped pictures. (The restaurant's claim to fame is that two restaurants share the same building. I think they serve the hot dogs for lunch! I don't recommend the place but I did get some good pictures.) All in all, a delightful Tucson day!


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