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!