The book is officially closed on the first ever Bluesky cycling camp in Tucson, AZ. What a very cool time it was. Some old friends, lots of new faces. The end result.....good friends and stronger cyclists.
Day -1: Barry and Mike Dancel arrive and set off camp with an 80 mile ride. Things were mostly Ok except that Barry forgot sunscreen and Mike forgot who he was riding with.
Day 0: Jose joins the fun. With Tucson being such a huge sprawling town, there are few options for us so we choose to preview Mt. Lemmon since Barry won't make the actual Mt. Lemmon day. 20 mile climb with 6000ft of climbing in that stretch. How was it? It all depends on who you talk to. Barry: blistered the pavement with his pace. Jose: not too bad...just a 5% grade climb (and I didn't do the previous day's ride). Mike: back sore, legs sore after previous day's ride...hate climbing! But he stuck it out and did a darn good job. Day's mileage: 50 miles.
At this point, a trend is starting: wake up, bike, back around noon, shower, eat lunch, nap, eat dinner, hang out a bit, sleep, repeat. A hard life!
Later that night, the Abraham/Dancy/Scroeger wagon arrives with killer trailer and bikes on hand. Now camp really starts:
Day 1: This was supposed to be a day for the travelling folk to loosen their legs.
Today we went to Saguaro National Park. It was an easy ride. Here, some people are missing. I'm taking the picture, Mike is getting water, Paul hadn't met up with us yet. But where's Barry? Barry had a bit of a mishap. He woke up not feeling well, but still tried to ride. He made it 10 miles from the hotel and turned around. Something about a fever or something? I don't know. I don't know why he didn't shake it off. What's a 101deg fever? Certainly can still ride with that! Oh well. He missed out on all that saguaro cactus and Kevin doing his Will Farrell skits for us. 'Snowcone, Snowcone?' Day's mileage: 50 miles
Day 2: So we have some photos of the moment before the ride, but none for the ride since we were planning to do a local group ride. Today was to be the 'Shootout' Ride. I should add that at this point, Kevin and Isaac are not at the hotel. They are in some house with 3 kids, 2 wives and a mom....one big happy family. The point here is they have to ride to the hotel to meet us. The shootout starts in downtown Tucson--about 8 miles away--at 7:00AM. Kevin and Isaac show up at 6:45. Do you think we made it to the group ride? I should say we tried, but it was not to be. That was not gonna stop us from riding the shootout route.
Some mean hombres lookin' fur uh fight!
Day 3: Mt. Lemmon...take 2! This time it's for real and it's personal. No pictures, no stories. Just 20 miles with 6000ft of climbing. There was some word that there was some town at the top where you could get pie. Did I get pie? No. Did Kevin or Isaac get pie? No. One of us did though and he totally earned it. Way to go Eric!!!! Day's mileage: 60 miles
Day 4: Recovery day through Saguaro National Park....Snowcone, Snowcone? Snowcone anyone? Day's mileage: 50 miles
Day 5: Out west through the other Saguaro National Park.
Need food....and sleep
I didn't get any naps this whole time!!
OK...one last time kidz!
Today's ride had a 'little' bump in the road. Here are some pics of that....
Whose legs are fried? Who is sunburnt? Who is over trained? Who had fun? Who would do it again?
Later that night, we pack up the trailer and call it a camp!!