Saturday, April 18, 2015

2 days and 2 nights

I left you with a picture of snow on the ground yesterday morning (5th Saturday).......when you find yourself at 7,000 feet elevation in April in Flagstaff any type of weather is possible, but almost without exception we have gotten snow in Flagstaff in April over the years.  Back in 1983 we (TLE and 3 kids) were on a road trip to St. Louis to visit TLE's family...... as we passed through Flagstaff on that trip it was snowing.  Back in April of 2009 we were on our way to our first Newell mini-rally and got hit with snow once again as we passed through town, and now 2015 we get a light dusting of snow in April.

Within a couple of hours the snow did melt, and for most of the day we had partly cloudy skies, but it never warmed up past 50 degrees.  Once the sun got over the tree line that surrounds Black Bart's RV Park I went outside to dump 13 days of effluent from the black and gray tanks.

It has been almost 8 weeks since I had my last haircut, and my hair had become quite unruly, so I looked up Supercuts to see if they had a store in Flagstaff, and sure enough they do.....just about 1.5 miles away.  The kicker is we currently do not have a running car, so I pulled out my warm cycling clothes, got out my Cannondale Bad Boy and rode over to Supercuts about 11 am.  My clothing choices were good, but I should have worn something over my ears.....:-/  I have found over the years that one of the best times to go to Supercuts for a haircut is just before lunch and Friday was no exception......I was in and out in less than 30 minutes.

Of course, once I have my bike out you know I'm going to have a hard time putting her away after anything less than 10 miles, so I continued up the iconic and historic Route 66.  As you might recall I needed a new nylon starter rope for the Honda Generator and it just so happened there was a Home Depot a few miles up the road, plus there is an REI in town.  

My first stop was REI.....I didn't need anything, but just like to browse to see what is new and expensive.....when we were in Flagstaff last year about the same time this store was just about ready to open, so it's just a year old.  I didn't find anything I couldn't live without so after I was sufficiently warmed up once again I continued my trek to Home Depot.

I always forget there are a lot of hills in Flagstaff, and climbing a 6% grade at 7,000' I am once again reminded I need to ride my bike more......and don't forget the ever present wind in Flagstaff. I found the rope I needed at Home Depot very quickly and was back on my bike headed for the barn within a few minutes.  That persistent headwind I fought all the way to Home Depot was now at my back.....:-)

In my absence TLE had been making lasagna, and when I opened the door my olfactory senses were greeted with the most wonderful aroma.  I asked TLE to make me some hot tea whilst I re-stowed my bike..... checked my cyclocomputer and found that I had ridden 10.18 the time I re-entered the coach TLE had a plate of hot lasagna and a cup of hot tea waiting for me.....yum!

I spent the rest of the day inside reading, and restoring warmth to my extremities.....we'll be pulling up anchor first thing Saturday morning and covering the final 148 miles to Wittman....

I will leave you with the above picture......things have returned to normal.....the snow is gone, and the sun is out!

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