Day 77 - Tucson to Picacho Peak
It was a great stay this weekend with my friend Stan. I ate a ton and gota clean shower; clean clothes; and some nice rest in a bed.
The forecast for today was not good with reports that the storm system thathit California was moving my way. I got off at a reasonable hour but the winds were already up. Lucky for me, they were more of a rear quartering wind so I flew out of town. I made about 53 miles in less than three hours.
However, things were about to change as the wind was beginning to blast me from the side, the kind of gusts that require you to lean the bike into the wind. Of course when the gust goes a way you then have to scramble to keep control. These side winds intensified and then slowly moved to hitting mehead on.
I guess I am getting smarter in my age because at this point I had no desire to grind out another ten miles over two hours at max effort. I took this allas a sign to take cover and ended up spending the entire day in a large tourist trap. They were extremely nice and allowed me to hang out in their food court while i played on my phone and OD'd on Fox news....
The storm intensified with the torn up sands creating a white out. Cars and trucks took shelter and i no longer was alone in my desire to avoid the elements. I waited until closing before heading out to a vacant lot next door and made camp in the light drizzle.
Some days you just have to take what nature throws your way and just roll with it. Today was one of those days.
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