Rio Verde Loop Summary

I was up at 4:00am and after a breakfast of oatmeal loaded up with five water bottles. Two were filled and I would fill the others later.

Rode up Pima to 90th street and Via Linda. No traffic at that hour. On to 96th Street on Via Linda. City workers started building up traffic as I rode down Via Linda. Turned north on 96th Street and on up to Sweetwater. East on Sweetwater to 100th. North on 100th to Thompson Peak Parkway (TPP).

Grind up TPP to Pima. Stopped at DC Ranch and TPP where I filled all water bottles up. North on Pima to Happy Valley Road where I turned east into a heavy wind and ground my way up to Alma School Road to Rio Verde Drive.

Horrible ride east down, down and more down to Forest Drive. Picked up a bike lane around 136th Street. Lots of traffic coming up Rio Verde Drive going west. Almost continuous.

On south on Forest Road thrugh Rio Verde. Stopped for a water break under a tree. Then on to McDowell Mountain Park where I took another break at the entrance where there was some shade.

It was a climb on into Fountain Hills where I decided I needed some Gatorade and a Snickers. By the time I got to Shea and the Circle K I was wiped. Spent a half an hour recovering with 48oz of Gatorade.

Slow climb up Shea out of Fountain Hills and then a fast run into Scottsdale. By the time I got to Mountain View and Via Linda legs were cramping to much to ride. Stopped at AJ’s for a Mountain Dew and rest legs. A slow run on to home. 12:00 noon. 61 miles.

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