An easy 45 to Tempe

I said goodbye to my warm showers hosts, Bill and Dana and took off for Tempe. It was 45 miles but ┬ámostly flat, so it was an easy ride. I’m staying in a Days Inn near Arizona State University. Tomorrow I diverge from the Adventure Cycling maps and head toward the flatter route. My first stop is in Casa Grande, AZ. About 55 miles from here.

Here’s the map of today’s ride and you can click on it for details:

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It was a hot one today. It hit 95 degrees at one point. Here’s the pix:

My warm showers hosts, Bill and DanaIMG_2080

Here’s where you can store your cacti when you’re out of town.IMG_2086 These guys were all named John Smith and they gave me the directions I needed to find the Arizona Canal Bike Path.IMG_2084 There must be a thousand retirement communities, all gorgeous.IMG_2083 IMG_2082 IMG_2081 Didn’t expect to see an amusement park along the bike path, but here it is.IMG_2096 More of the bike path.IMG_2107 IMG_2106 IMG_2091Downtown Tempe behind me.
IMG_2116 IMG_2115 An odd looking structure.IMG_2114 The Phoenix Airport Sky TrainIMG_2113 IMG_2112 The Phoenix and Tempe electric rail.IMG_2111 IMG_2110 Not sure if these are Azaleas, but that’s what they looked like to me. Very pretty.IMG_2108 Tried to catch this duck eating a fish, but he swallowed it just as I clicked.IMG_2105 IMG_2104 More views from the bike path.IMG_2103 The bike path has tunnels underneath the busy roads. Nice, but I’m told you have to watch out for sleeping homeless people. I saw some obviously homeless folks with their grocery carts, but none in the tunnels.IMG_2102 IMG_2099 IMG_2095One of the canal locks. You can see the two levels of water here.
IMG_2092 IMG_2090 IMG_2089 IMG_2088 Here’s Richard from Northern England and Ron from Canada. I waved them down to make sure I hadn’t missed my turn off the bike path. I hadn’t. It’s a long, long bike path. Maybe 25 miles long.IMG_2087

Tomorrow, Casa Grande.

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An easy 45 to Tempe — 3 Comments

  1. Just read through your posts and glad to see the hair is there! Didn’t get to catch up with you before left, see you in May-June .

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