Beating the Mojave’s Cycling Demons

PHOENIX:  Shortly after Pearl Harbor, General George S. Patton took charge of a swath of sand that stretched from Palm Springs almost to Phoenix.  Centered on the Mojave Desert and encompassing 18,000 square miles, it was here that Patton simulated tank warfare and toughened up recruits for Operation Torch, the November 1942 invasion of North Africa. Eventually one million GIs passed through the Desert Training … Continue reading Beating the Mojave’s Cycling Demons

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