Yesterday (and today) was a good example of that!
But before we could use them, I had to change the inner tubes on Ruth's bike. The other day when we were out with Janie and John, Ruth had somehow picked up a bunch of goat-head thorns in both tires. These thorns are kind of famous in the Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona areas. And bicycle riders hate them.
Kevin, playing bicycle mechanic.
As added protection against the thorns, I cut the valve off the old inner tubes and used those tubes to line the tire prior to installing the new tubes. So there's an extra 1/16" or so of protection. Should help a little.
This morning, we have reservations at 9:30am to do the hiking tour up to the top cliff dwelling at Tonto National Monument. But it's about three and a half miles from where we're camped, so we wanted to ride our bikes over there. But we didn't know exactly how long it would take to bike there, so we figured we'd do a trial run yesterday.
Ready to go!
Riding up to the Monument Visitors Center was tough going. We had to stop every little while and rest or walk with the bikes!
The elevation from the highway to the Visitors Center rises 400 feet in one mile. Turns out that it was a 3.7 mile bike ride from our campsite, and it took us about 35 minutes.
So this morning, we'll leave here at about 8:45am. We have a 3.5 mile bike ride, followed by a 3-4 hour hike, followed by a 3.5 mile bike ride. Hey, that's almost a triathlon!
Ruth, at the Tonto National Monument Visitors Center.
There's a nice view from up here.
Back at the highway down below.
We then rode across the highway and down below to one of the developed campgrounds. It's quite nice, and not that busy. For $6 a night, it's really not a bad deal!
Windy Hill Campground.
We like Kevin and Ruth Campground better! GPS 33.62866 -111.08162
We love our campsite here! It's nearly perfect!
The sun at dusk lights up the mountains across from us. And only three or four vehicles per day use that road!
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