A very windy day riding along The Loop in Tucson. We rode out on Julian Wash to the western end and back getting us a nice 40 mile ride. Weekdays on the trail are mostly retired folks like us. We did have a nice chat with a young man from England who was here on holiday to ride his bike.
Unfamiliar territory can often result in some interesting riding adventures. Sometimes satellite view just doesn't show every locked gate when you are planning a route. So we did a bit of back-tracking and improvisation for a short bit of gravel today. The last three miles I rode back on the Hohokam Trail and Heather used the adjacent roads. Our favorite road name today was "Justa" road. We also had a friendly dog that followed us for about five miles.
The Arizona winter weather is providing us some nice opportunities to hike and bike. The past three outings have included two sections of the Arizona Trail and the Hohokam/McKenzie Ranch trails. If I am mountain biking, Heather hikes the same trail - it works out pretty nice. We have also hiked together on the Arizona Trail from Davidson Canyon to Aqua Verde Creek and back. We are trying a new gravel ride tomorrow - hoping the roads aren't too sandy!
We've left Texas and made our way back to Tucson for the winter. All settled in and enjoying the warm temperatures and sunshine of Arizona. Today I got over to the Fantasy Island mountain bike trails for a great ride in the desert. Found a unicorn struck to the cactus too!
Our cruise finished on a Sunday morning at 8 a.m. with our flight back to Houston leaving at 6 p.m. So we booked a bus tour to the El Yunque National Forest - a rain forest. Our bus tour took us into the rain forest up to the Yokahu Tower and Juan Diego Falls.
Last stop of our cruise and we decided to visit Harrison's Cave on Barbados. Heather and I opted for the traditional cave tour while Jared and Kaitlyn signed up for the eco-adventure cave tour where they climbed and crawled throughout the cave (lots of mud too)! Harrison's Cave is a living cave (formations are alive and still forming) and offers some beautiful formations. On our way back from the cave our shuttle bus driver took us by the house where Rhianna grew up.
Our last trip to St. Lucia was five years ago and we traveled by bus to see the island. This time we toured by catamaran sailboat down to the Pitons and back. Along the way we sailed into Marigot Bay, stopped at Anse Cochan Beach to swim/snorkel, and finally sail by the scenic Pitons.
A relaxing day on a St. Kitts bus tour to visit Romney Manor, Brimstone Hill Fortress, and Timothy Hill Overlook.
Day two brought us to Phillipsburg, St. Martin. We spent part of our day hiking along the Natural Pool Trail. This scenic trail follows the coastline from Guana Bay down to Back Bay. Lots of beautiful views as you make your way along the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean towards St. Barts. Our hike was out and back to a very rocky beach that offered some great beach combing for shells. After our hiking was complete we followed our local hiking guide's recommendation of Taloula Mango's for lunch and libations - excellent local food and tasty drinks.