April 2011


This was a new event on the Arizona Brevet calender and I thought I would give it a try. The route is basically an out and back from Chino Valley to Peach Springs via Hwy 89 and old Route 66. There aren’t many sections of old Route 66 left and I thought it might be interesting. The weather forecast was pretty crappy with winds at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40! My plan was to start out and then if it was too horrendous cut the ride short. Here is the story of the days ride!

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It has been about 5 years since I have done this ride and I was looking forward to riding it again. It is a beautiful area to be in the springtime and the wildflowers are often spectacular. This year however, many parts of California have seen a lot of rain and the Central Coast is among them. The weather forecast before the event looked okay, 40 percent chance of rain showers, no problem! But, by the night before the event the forecast had changed to 70 percent for rain but not starting until the afternoon. I thought that maybe I could get a lot of the ride done before the rain started. As it turned out that would be wishful thinking. (more…)