Thank you again to Mari & Charles (& Sadie too!), our hosts from the Warm Showers network, for their hospitality. It was very much appreciated after yesterday’s harrowing ride! I’m sure we had the deer-in-headlights look when we arrived. We had to peel our hands off the handlebars from the death grip we had from riding over the mountain.
Per Mari & Charles’ recommendation, we stopped at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park on our way out of town. Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden, it’s a fascinating themed experience of the plants from the world’s deserts, including Sonoran, Chihuahuan, South American, and Australian. I LOVE wonky desert plants!
It’s always a pleasure to ride into a valley. However, riding into a place coined The Valley Of The Sun guarantees it to be a scorcher and the Phoenix metro area lives up to its name. On our way into the outskirts of Phoenix, we were daydreaming about the frosty drinks we were going to have at the first convenient store we encountered. Like magic, Charlie pulls over to give us cold drinks out of his cooler! THANK YOU Charlie – you are a road angel!
We came into Phoenix via the southeast and needed to navigate through the city to Glendale on the northwest side. There must have been over a thousand traffic lights. Trying to time the lights or do track stands on a touring bike is futile. But we tried anyways. It takes considerably more energy to get these behemoths up to speed compared to maintaining their momentum. We start and stop kinda like an 18 wheeler. We don’t do either very fast.
We met up with our friend, Elliot, in Glendale. He’s joining us for the ride north to Utah. Having been following our travels, upon arrival, Elliot immediately brought us to get delicious Thai food. Apparently we post alot about food. There is no photo evidence, but there was pad thai, green curry tofu, and a duck curry. And I ate everyone’s leftovers before we left the restaurant.