|Buttes behind Red Rock State Park|
Went on vacation this week with the family and of course that meant taking the Coy Mistress along for those escapades at dawn when no one is awake. Many of the roads in the vicinity of Cornville, Az where our timeshare was are zero shoulder roads but many were rideable and quite beautiful.
|Cathedral Rock near Red Rock State Park|
|Red Rocks near Red Rock State Park|
|Oak Creek below Red Rock State Park|
|Sign says it's open 24 hours!|
|Curves, Mountain grades sign on the way into Jerome city limits.|
|Corner just before entering Jerome proper.|
|Highway leaving Jerome and climbing into the hills.|
The climb up Mingus from Jerome was a beautiful climb without too much traffic. There were spots that were 62 degrees and of course it is always nice to get up to the pine trees. I was surprised that the steepest part was actually inside of Jerome.
Every tall hill has at least one fake top that is REALLY convincing as you see it ahead for a mile or two before you hit it. Of course, the fake top is usually within a mile or two of the top, This climb was no different. Once I was finally at the top though it was nice to see the sign saying I was over 7000 feet and a nice picnic area which I would later bring the family up to for a cool lunchtime picnic.
I ended up getting back at 9 or so. Not too bad for a big climb and a ton of scenery. I can see why the local folks climb it once a week
Now, I hurried on this blog post because I need to get it posted before I get Saturday's ride done. Saturday, the two Mikes (Sturgill and Enfield) and I will be riding the Dirty Mogollon Mormon Madness 200k. Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile know that this is a special ride. This year I hope to have my helmet cam and a better still camera along. The scenery is epic, the roads are epic, the elevation is challenging, and it looks like we might have thunderstorms. It promises to be a challenging yet rewarding ride. We will see.
|You can get anything you want here I understand.|