Choices in Cycling

Peoria, AZ.  Brian Lamb, the founder of C-SPAN, says he has learned in his long career that people want choices.  Certainly that is evident in cycling. Among the delights of Wickenburg, 66 miles nort of Phoenix, was connecting with a dozen or so touring cyclists who had come up from Tucson in the southern part of the state. They had ended their ride for the … Continue reading Choices in Cycling

Wickenburg, Arizona and Steer Roping

Wickenburg, AZ.  It was a 55-mile ride from Brenda, Arizona to Aguila, my target for the day. On the map that stretches from Palm Springs to Phoenix,  Brenda isn’t shown but is a tiny village 17-miles west of Hope. Aside from desert and collections of RV campers there is very little along this route. Stopping for lunch after two hours riding, I phoned ahead to … Continue reading Wickenburg, Arizona and Steer Roping

Blythe, CA to Brenda, AZ

Brenda, AZ.  There’s an I Love Lucy episode from the 1950s in which Lucy and Desi stop at a motel that is so close to the highway that the lamp on the table rattles so loudly when traffic goes by that they can’t sleep. My motel in the village of Brenda wasn’t that bad, mainly because there were not that many vehicles going by at … Continue reading Blythe, CA to Brenda, AZ

Blythe in Rain

Blythe, CA.  It was solid rain on Sunday, a day in which I was executing Plan B and not intending to ride. The drive from Cathedral City across to the bus station in Indio is a 20-minute journey from great wealth to folks just getting by. We passed the grand tennis stadium at Indian Wells and then arrived at the makeshift Greyhound station next to … Continue reading Blythe in Rain

Saved by the Wind, Plan B

Palm Springs, CA. The wind that was so strong Friday was unchanged Saturday. I resolved not to continue in such adverse conditions.  With the perilous ride of the previous day in mind, I needed a plan B and it emerged overnight.  Could I rent a car in Palm Springs and transport the bike the 90-plus-miles to Blythe on the Arizona border, return the car to … Continue reading Saved by the Wind, Plan B