Day 77 - Vale to Tucson
Last night I camped out in the middle of the desert with nothing but themoon, the stars and the coyotes. It has been so nice of late that I havebeen able to just sleep out on my pad with my sleeping bag. Each time Iwoke i was greeted by the brilliant near full moon and the big dipper as itmoved across the night time sky. It was one of the nicest nights of thetrip.
In the morning I had a quick cup of coffee and cereal and the I was off tovisit my friend Stan. Stan and I met two years ago at a hostel in Ketchikan AK. It was not long before Stan rolled up his scooter to greet mr and helpme work my way through the suburbs and then to his home.
After getting directions I was off again to enjoy a slow morning ride through the outskirts of town. Beyond the shear beauty of the area the next most noticeable thing was the number of cyclists and pelotons that were outfor their Saturday morning rides. It was really great to see such a largebicycling presence.
Working my through town it was wonderful to be greeted with bike signs; bike lanes; and bike lane transition markers. Not since Austin had I seen a town that appeared to be as bike friendly as Tucson.
About 30 miles later I made it to Stans place where I will spend two days resting and catching up.
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