Two days of climbing through some spectacular scenery on our way to Payson, Arizona. The grades were between 6% and 7% for extended distances which made a slow, tough day. We saw the transition from saguaro cacti to trees and felt the air get cooler.
This was Elliot’s second and third day of touring. Our first day out, leaving Houston, Texas was almost flat. We could never have done these hills when we started out. The recumbent bicycle seems to cause less overall body fatigue.
We are a bit jealous of Elliot’s streamlined profile that allows him to move much faster on the flats and down hills. On our traditional touring rigs, we’re a bit faster on the up hills but definitely suffer from more drag. We started considering switching to a tandem bicycle. We’ve been kayaking in singles and tandems before and can move much faster together. I expect the same would hold true for a tandem bike.
The last couple of days have produced a cornucopia of road surprises. Woody is no longer so lonely. He sweet-talked a topless fairy with a broken wing into joining him on the back of my saddle. It appears that they are getting along famously – I woke up in the middle of night to the sound of creaking springs. Seems that Woody is packing a little more heat in his six-shooter than a Ken doll.
We crested the final hill and made it into Payson, Arizona. A motel (including a hot tub soak and a swim), food and casino were on the dance card. It is sad to say, we had three of the worst meals ever at the local Thai restaurant. The establishment was highly recommended, however we should of walked out when there wasn’t a Thai in sight.