Trip Summary

Day 52: 2929 miles completed, 8 states, 7 flat tires, 4 flat mattresses, 40 new friends and Bruce #1, 8 rest days

Thursday, January 15, 2015

First Rest Day?

What to do on the first rest day of a coast to coast bicycle tour? 

After studying the route and looking for things to do, I ran across this in Bicycling magazine:

"Rising gently out of the scalding heat of the desert, Catalina Highway (also called Mt. Lemmon Highway) ascends from 3,000 feet of elevation to 9,100 feet over about 27 miles. The grade holds at about 5 percent for nearly the entire climb as saguaro cacti and mesquite trees give way to cool pine forests, brisk air, and dramatic windblown igneous rock formations. Enjoy the vistas on the way up; heading back along the velvety-smooth road, you’ll be more focused on the sweeping, no-brakes descent." 

This is my plan for Day 9 of C2C,  our first day off.


"Cycling up the Mt Lemmon Hwy in Tucson, Arizona is an epic ride and will rival some of the best climbs across the country.  If you love to climb and descend this is the ride for you!"

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