Monday, December 29, 2008

light rail

The new light rail debuted this weekend in the valley. 20 miles of track from Phoenix to Mesa.
I live a few blocks from the Northern most station, my office in Phoenix is a few blocks off line and when my office moves to Mesa next year I'll be just two miles from the Eastern terminus of the line. I realize there are lots of nay-sayers but this whole thing couldn't be better tailored to my needs. Plus kids love trains so it's a big win over here.
Saturday was the first day and we figured on not riding with long lines and two small kids. It was a wise move. 4 hour wait at 10. So we wandered around and had a look.






































































We went back on Sunday to ride the rail. It was still a two hour wait so we took one of the shuttle buses to downtown Phoenix and caught a ride back.














Each car can hold two bikes and if those are full you can stand with your bike.































Saturday, December 27, 2008

The last of 2008





























































































































Tomorrow: The 1st light rail report. We're very excited over here.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Ho Ho

Late Monday night ride home in the rain. It was nice.

Happy Holidaze
































Sunday, December 21, 2008

PEE 08

It was a small crew that turned out in the dark, 36 degree weather. It turned out to be a good crew. A nice pace, good company and excellent weather made for quick work. We were at Sonora before we knew what happened.

Prep.














Up.














Early Gnome.














































Frost.
































































You might be on the rez if....














John has some nice photos.














Red Mtn.














This is not a line I can normally ride.


















That's lunch.














Somewhere in Mesa.














































US 60














Michelle needed chap stick and mentioned a place next to Starbux. We were pleased with the opportunity to get caffeinated.














Too many espresso shots = John having to tell Gnome how to put his hat on.














Michelle has to look away, Tommy can't.
Great folks to ride with btw.














Mill to Washington to the dirty canal to Sonora.







































Thanks for the ride, 80+ miles never went so fast.

Monday, December 15, 2008

AZES Kentucky Camp

Ryan and I headed down to Southern AZ to ride Chad's race.
We figured on lots of folks camping but we practically had the place to ourselves.




























There were a few folks camping the first night but we liked our spot better.


















The sky the first night was excellent.




























Exclusive Niner warm-up with Kyle.














Chad herds cats.




























I opted for the tourist pace. I haven't ridden down there since I did that segment of the AZT on my way to Phoenix 3 years ago.
























































It was a super windy weekend which worked against us sometimes and for us other times.
































Safety third.










































Make time to stop and smell the sammies.










































Chad comes back from lap 2.














And demonstrates his carbon footprint.














Beer and boccie.


















Carne.














We got up and out early.











Good thing too - the weather didn't look great.




























Thanks Chad and friends.