I went to bed feeling like I had been run over by a freight train but woke up feeling like I could ride 500 miles. And that’s exactly what I did.
First stop out of the Motel 6 was Rosie’s – a great little cantina on the way out of Mesilla. I learned that Mesilla has a lot of really important historical significance. I just didn’t remember any of it to post in this blog. Use Google – from what I don’t remember, it was really interesting.
About 150 miles down “the 10” as I’ve been told the freeways are called “out West”, we stopped to talk to a State Trooper. We were debating whether to stay on the 10 through Tuscon and approach Phoenix from the south, or if we should take the 70 across the desert and through Globe, AZ. The intervals of gas stations were our primary concern – the bikes only go about 110-120 miles before they need to recharge. He gave us all the intel we needed (including where the speed traps were!) to decide that the desert ride was totally doable.
At the Arizona state line we did some pretty fun footage – we put a GoPro camera on the yellow line and rode by it at around 80 miles an hour – both directions. Can’t wait to see what that looks like after the edits. I was stunned to find that Verizon had 4 bars of 4G service in the middle of nowhere. And I do mean NOWHERE. Can you hear me now? Hell yes you can!
Oh yeah. Riding at even 85-90 miles an hour (to generate some wind) through the middle of 100 degree temperatures will suck the life out of you. Remember that the next time you think about going through the desert in the middle of the day in June. Now I know what those 3 guys who were tossed into the fiery furnace in Sunday School were dealing with. Not fun.
Globe, AZ is probably one of the most scenic little spots I’ve ridden through. It’s a multi-tiered village with bridges, train trestles and rock formations everywhere. We’ve got some great footage riding out of town here that you’ll enjoy in the video up above. We stopped at the Drift Inn, a little bar in the historic district where Barbara and Lisa took good care of us with cold beer, ice cold tequila, Rueben sandwiches and the all-important Wi-Fi so I can keep some semblance of a connection to work going. [Note – I did have a new client I picked up yesterday, so you can actually make money while being completely irresponsible. Good to know. I will have to figure out how to use this more to my advantage in the future…]
Another BRILLIANT sunset ride out of the mountains and into Phoenix capped off the day’s ride. The picture above doesn’t even begin to do it justice. I have never in my life seen such exquisite beauty. I’m not sure if it’s being in the open air, if it’s the contrast with the flatness and heat of the desert just hours before, or if it’s really just that good. But if you get a chance to head West on a bike in the future, take it. It’s truly good for your soul.
We made a beeline for the OHSA Tavern in Scottsdale to meet up with my dear friend Cerrie G who was kind enough to put us up in her house for a couple of nights. Bling had a few of his friends join in as well and it was really turned into one of those fantastic hodgepodges of previously unconnected people who all share commonality over some beers and Moscow Mules. I know that’s random, but it’s just the way it was. Don’t hate.
More good stuff to come tomorrow 😉