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Tour de Safford Bike Race

Sunday, October 31, 2010

What a fantastic event! This was the first such event for this area and these people did an outstanding job! The weather cooperated as did the majority of the motels/hotels/ restaurants and local traffic.
I left on Friday afternoon to go to the event and I was lucky enough to get to caravan with two other carloads of local people going to the same event.

As you can tell, Safford is in the desert on the way to Tucson. It can get extremely warm and wind is just a natural presence. There are lots of gentle and not so gentle rolling hills between Duncan Arizona and Safford. These hills were the burdens for those that chose to ride the 104 mile race...the other 2 carloads I mentioned.

Regardless of the chosen distance, all of the racing events (104, 66, 33 miles cycling and 5K, 1/2 marathon, car show, poker run, motorcycle, plane show) all started and finished at the local airport. Here are a few shots of the area.

The 66 mile race was my choice and it started at 9:15 am. The weather was great and I got to wear shorts and short sleeves for the entire race. Temperature got up to 84. There were 70 riders in this race and only7 females. The winner was a 22 year old gal that rode the course in 3 hours and 19 minutes. She was a lot of fun to watch. I rode the course in just under 4 hours as far as I can tell by my watch because my time was not posted yet when I left. I believe that I was the third or fourth female to cross the line. We all got beautiful medals for completing the event.

I added the beauty to my special wall...with the other events I have done in the last 2 years.

The wall probably doesn't mean much to anyone but me. I look at it and remember lots of good stuff as well as lots of pain and sweat. I also have a picture of the Tour of the Gila poster. Of the two bike races I have completed (tours), I enjoyed both of them immensely but they were and are completely different. Tour of the Gila is a four day race and Safford is a one day race. I guess I'll just have to do them both again and then maybe I can pick a favorite.

Hope each and every one of you had an active, safe weekend that you truly enjoyed!

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CZARINA_TV 11/1/2010 11:30AM

    What an amazing collection of medals! I think they're really cool...

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JUNEPA 11/1/2010 12:09AM


cool race

way to go

thanks for the photos as well

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REBECCA1354 10/31/2010 10:53PM

    Amazing!!! And I love the wall...

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APIRLRAIN888 10/31/2010 9:21PM

    great job! like the wall of trophies

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IMSMILEY88 10/31/2010 6:50PM

    Great job! And, I LOVE your wall! What a great way to remember... and to continue to be motivated!

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LAURIES_PLACE 10/31/2010 6:44PM

  Your wall means a lot to people other than you. Who knows how many people will see it, both at your home and here, and think, "Maybe I can do that, too!" Awesome work! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/31/2010 6:31PM

    I totally understand your wall and what it mean. I have my bibs from the events I have done taped to a wall in my room, with dates, times, and the event written on them. I also have my medals for a 10k. the Bataan Death March Memorial, and the Shiprock half marathon hanging there. They are special and do mean a lot to us that have come so far.

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SOCKITTOME 10/31/2010 6:27PM

    Woohoo!!! You totally rock! And your wall is awesome -- it's amazing what all you've completed and it's very cool to see it like that. You rock, Pat!

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Friday, Halloween at School...Saturday Bike Race!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Mentally I got dressed up for Halloween this morning...actually I passed but at the high school level...some kids dress up, some kids don't and some kids, well you just can't tell.

Last night I had lots to do. I taught an extra class at WNMU, fixed dinner (salmon, coleslaw, sweet potato), did laundry, used mapquest for directions, packed (mostly), took the bike in for a once over, walked the dogs and then I really made their night......

Yup, daughter, her boyfriend and I all washed dogs. We did 2 yorkies, a bull dog, a pitbull and a miniature dachshund. The "outside" dogs were nervous but not to worry....too cool outside to wash them.

Blue is as fine as she is going to get. I just ordered a new crank set for her with shorter pedals. My knees will thank me I hope.

So I am packed and ready to go! I am pretty focused which has put me in a difficult mood...


quiet confidence...I am not sure but I do know one thing....

one had best stay out of my way as I plan on kicking booty and taking names! I AM going to have a good time! I LOVE TO MOVE IT!

You all can dream it, do it and enjoy...I am! Have a great weekend.

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MMS354 10/30/2010 7:59PM

    I hope the race went well today!

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LINDAKAY228 10/30/2010 5:04AM

    Hope your race is awesome today!!! Can't wait to hear about it. Nothing like nice clean dogs huh! Except when they are first wet and smell like wet dog, but that passes LOL!

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GOHUSKERS2 10/29/2010 5:33PM

    you have alot of fun with your pets. Have a great bikeride!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/29/2010 12:00PM

    cute pic! have fun! love the THought you were dead one!!

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NUTRIGIRL08 10/29/2010 10:48AM

    Have a great weekend!!! I need to take Lexie in and get her adjusted and I'm thinking I might get a new crank set too! emoticon

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Glenwood Over Night Bike Trip...(pics)

Monday, October 25, 2010

This last Saturday morning I awoke to strong wind and cold temperatures. A little annoying as I was planning to go on a road trip with several local friends and cycling enthusiasts, so a few added layers, an extra cup of coffee, and a dose of strong fortitude had me driving over to the meeting spot.
We started in Silver and road west towards Cliff, Buckhorn, Pleasanton and Glenwood. We faced a head wind for the majority of the trip. This is the first picture I took just past Mangus Springs where I had to stop and take off a layer for a while.

We are actually traveling towards the light blue mountains and all though it doesn't look like it...most of this trip is uphill. By the time we got to the High Plains...deer, antelope, buffalo, etc......were not playing as the wind was very cold, it was getting cloudier by the minute, and general riding conditions were very unpleasant! I do love this area because you can see for miles. There is a turn off that will take you into Arizona so you can't daydream too much.

During this stretch of the trip, we riders were stretched out. Sometimes there was several hundred feet between us and at times there were several miles between us. The High Plains saw me about a mile behind the two leading riders and seven miles ahead of the following group. I was doing some pretty specific talking to myself. I hurt all over, I was cold and I really wanted to quit but.........It dawned on me that I was being pushed from behind by a fairly good looking person. They were following me relatively closely and they did not appear to be quite as heavy as I could see broad shoulders and a narrow waist sitting atop strong legs that were churning up and down like never tiring pistons.....OMG I was looking at my own shadow! I was thrilled. I really do not look all that heavy and I can see how broad my shoulders have become from swimming. My waist is getting smaller and I could actually see how slim and well-defined my legs are. It took some admiring but I decided that I look okay right now. Still room for improvement but much better than this time last year.
Before I knew it I was at Aldo Leopold Lookout. We gathered here for snacks, lunch and fluids, and for a potty break before the last 20 miles into Glenwood. I decided the new, skinnier looking me could go another 20 miles and I did! Wow, 72 miles in less than desirable conditions and mostly uphill. Here is a picture of downtown Glenwood. Do not be is a beautiful, happening little ranching community.

The little place on the left is where most of the cyclists stayed...I stayed just down the road on the right. The little café on the right is called Golden Girls and they have fantastic breakfasts at six every morning. Pancakes the size of dinner plates, wonderful biscuits, pastries, omelets, all for about five dollars. Coffee is 25cents a cup (not a typing error) and fabulous! We had dinner at the Blue Front Bar. It is owned by Bucky Allred who used to be a practicing musician with several records out. He still plays some but mostly he works at the bar/restaurant and spoils his kids.
Sunday morning the weather was much nicer. The wind was calm and although it started out very cool, when the sun got up everything warmed up and the return ride to Silver was much nicer. Here are some pictures of the climb out of the canyon Glenwood and Pleasanton sit in.

Last but not is the picture of the plaque honoring my father on the Veterans Wall at WNMU:

His name was Dean French and it is neat because several of the plaques right next to him were some of his dearest friends.
Next weekend I am doing Tour De Safford. It is a bike race, 1/2 marathon or 5K walk to raise money for their hospital. The bike race is either a 100 miles, 66 miles, or 33 miles. I am doing the 66 miles. Lots of people from Silver going. The weather should be grand and it is for a great cause.
Here's hoping you and yours are healthy, happy and remaining active!

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SOCKITTOME 10/31/2010 6:24PM

    I am in awe of what you did on this bike ride! Obviously I have a long way to go because I'm in your league. Thanks for giving me something to aim toward!

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IMSMILEY88 10/28/2010 10:40PM

    You do some of the nicest rides! And, I hope you have a great time doing your 66 miles on the weekend!

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    Quite a day you had. How amazing to live where the roads, skies and scenery are endless. Just as you'd like to visit New York, I'd like to spend some time in your area. I had a quick trip through (pretty much south on I-25 from Cheyenne to the Phoenix area) a thousand years ago. I'm sure so much has changed, but there will always be plenty of wide, open spaces.

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GOHUSKERS2 10/26/2010 3:21PM

    What a great blog. The pictures are wonderful, the little town sounds delightful, but how you struggled to keep climbing up and up is really inspiring! Glad your Dad was honored as he should be, love the shadow reference, and hope the next marathon is just as good for you. I marvel at your stamina and's fantastic!!!!!

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JUNEPA 10/25/2010 8:40PM


Love your big sky ride with friends
your dad's plaque is cool, good to see he was appreciated

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APIRLRAIN888 10/25/2010 1:32PM

    what a beautitful day to ride

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    Awesome pictures!!!

Isn't it fantastic to have a fantastic shadow?!?!


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BEADDREAMER 10/25/2010 12:05PM

    That is just so wonderful! Congrats on pushing yourself, and finishing. I loved the part about the shadow! :D

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LINDAKAY228 10/25/2010 11:31AM

    Great pics! I know that area so well. When I was in the 7th grade we lived there one winter on the road going toward the Catwalk. That is quite a bike ride and with the nasty weather I don't envy you LOL! Glad it was better coming back.
Good luck on your race next weekend. I'm doing the All Souls small trail 5k race here on the San Vicente trails.

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TYCA41458 10/25/2010 11:23AM

    Awesome Blog! I really enjoy your cycling blogs with pics! Keep up the awesome work. You are truly an inspiration to many (me included)!

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Awesome rainbow (pics)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Yesterday it suddenly decided that it was fall and fall arrived with a vengeance! It was overcast and cool all day. About five started to rain really hard and the temperature plummeted from 62 to low 40's-upper 30's. The weather outside certainly was not pleasant upon leaving the swimming pool.
I have an overnight bike trip scheduled this weekend and I was bemoaning the weather on the drive home. My mood lifted when I was able to see this lovely rainbow and take pictures. It looks like an intense fire on the mountain.

Hope you enjoy the day and here's hoping you find your pot of gold!

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CZARINA_TV 10/23/2010 12:34PM

    That's amazing! No wonder people thought there was a pot of gold on the other side...

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MPALMER15 10/22/2010 1:17PM

    Very neat!

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LINDAKAY228 10/22/2010 1:17PM

    Cool rainbow pic! I missed that. Glad you caught it to share.
Enjoy that bike trip this weekend!

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PAMAPPLE 10/22/2010 11:44AM

    Cool rainbow! It almost looks like fire coming up from the trees!

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/22/2010 11:26AM

    Wow emoticon

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MESSENE 10/22/2010 11:22AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonfor sharing! emoticon emoticon

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JERSEYDEBBIE23 10/22/2010 11:16AM

    emoticon photos

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MMS354 10/22/2010 11:15AM

    Very nice pictures! Have fun on your ride - I hope you stay dry. ;).

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ELLFIN3 10/22/2010 11:15AM

    Triple WOW!! That is gorgeous!!!!!! Thanks you so much for sharing! It uplifts you faith in something higher than humans!! emoticon

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CMCHAISSON 10/22/2010 11:13AM

    Thanks for sharing. Rainbows always make me smile and they give me hope!

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DWILCZKO 10/22/2010 11:10AM


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Gila Cliff Dwelling Hike (pics)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sunday I accompanied my daughter and her gentleman friend on a hike to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. A beautiful place, the dwellings were built by the Mimbreno Indians a day or so ago...just before they disappeared to never be found again.
The walk isen't too bad for most people. The foliage is beautiful and the trail is well-maintained but I dislike all the steps (I am sure the Indians did not like them either). Here we go:
This is the first "Lil" rock bluff that one sees at the start of the hike.

The hike is going up a canyon and climbing up a slope until you are on the same level with the caves. Then you get to walk through the Dwellings.

And now I am on the same level as the caves. I have not quite reached them. This picture is taken looking south or further up the canyon from the caves. A lovely tree...yes?

This next picture is what the trail looks like immediately before you reach the caves. I would not want to walk on it if it was wet.

Once you reach the caves your view changes a little bit.

in the cave looking across the canyon.

This picture shows the route or exit from inside the cave dwellings. Yes, it is as steep as it looks!

My daughter beginning her climb down the ladder. You do not want to slip as the rest of this rock face is steep and full of cactus.

These last three pictures show the outside of the dwellings and the beginning of the trail for the hike down the mountain. The rest of the pictures are taken showing the trip back down the mountain.

I hope you enjoyed the hike! Tomorrow I will show the pool we relaxed in with the dogs after our excursion.

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CZARINA_TV 10/23/2010 12:40PM

    Wow! I've never been anywhere like that...

The funny thing about steps is that if you get used to doing them every day, you still hate them, but you do get used to them. I used to live on the 5th floor of a building and it definitely meant that I didn't want to leave the house just to go to the deli for a snack, but it was just part of the price for having a cheap apartment. By the end, I could take those stairs two at a time. Now I huff and puff like everyone else.

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SOCKITTOME 10/22/2010 12:23AM

    Wow...these are like the Cliff Dwellings in SW Colorado, near Four Corners. Awesome things to see, these old dwellings are. It's amazing how early man was able to construct them, truly!

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SOCKITTOME 10/22/2010 12:23AM

    Wow...these are like the Cliff Dwellings in SW Colorado, near Four Corners. Awesome things to see, these old dwellings are. It's amazing how early man was able to construct them, truly!

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SOCKITTOME 10/22/2010 12:21AM

    Wow...these are like the Cliff Dwellings in SW Colorado, near Four Corners. Awesome things to see, these old dwellings are. It's amazing how early man was able to construct them, truly!

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MPALMER15 10/20/2010 2:23PM

    That is so cool! Thanks for posting your pics. I always enjoy seeing them!

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LINDAKAY228 10/20/2010 1:47AM

    Great pics! Great reminder of how cool the dwellings are. I'm going to have to go visit them again soon.
Have a great day!

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JUST_TRI_IT 10/19/2010 10:35PM

    HOW AMAZING!! What a treat to hike with you on this one... The caves are fascinating!



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DESERTDREAMERS 10/19/2010 8:28PM

    Gorgeous - I've been to a couple of the ruins, but my fear of heights keeps me on the ground telling people, "I'll take your picture while YOU climb". I vasn hike the trails, but not climb the ladders.

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JUNEPA 10/19/2010 7:58PM

    too cool, what a great hike !!

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FISHINGLADY66 10/19/2010 5:48PM

    WOW!! I'm speechless. Beautifully emoticon

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NUTRIGIRL08 10/19/2010 4:47PM

    Awesome! How spectacular!!! emoticon

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TYCA41458 10/19/2010 1:16PM

    awesome pics! Thanks for sharing!

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 10/19/2010 12:58PM

    Thanks so much for sharing! AWESOME!!!

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MISSCUS 10/19/2010 12:38PM

    WOW those pictures were so beautiful. Imagine living in the caves. How fit you would have to be to do the hills and stairs to get in and out of the caves. That was a fun day for you.

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