We left Tucson at 8am on Friday morning and arrived in Flagstaff around 1pm. We hit Subway, then found the local bike shop to get a cycling map of the area. I was looking for some big miles, but the town was pretty cool and there were several small brewery's nearby, so we just cruised on bike to the Northern Arizona University campus.
We realized pretty quickly that we were out of place on campus. If we had blue windbreakers with "SECURITY" in yellow lettering we would have looked okay. Instead, people either had to assume that we were professors (not likely) or that we were creepy grown men that like to ride around college campuses in the middle of a work-day.
So, we left the campus, rode around a bit more and ended up (not surprisingly) at the Lumberyard Brewery Company. We quenched our thirst and quenched it again (more me than Crazy Jim, our designated driver).
The Man Camp itself was great. 10 of us in a cabin, virtually all of us were strangers to each other. Fred, our "cabin leader" brought a blueberry pie for our cabin. Weird, but really an awesome idea, if you think about it. I told him he was the best camp counselor I ever had.
In the middle of the night, I heard one person snoring. Then, as if the other men were somehow joining in the chorus, there were about four guys snoring. It was like four rottweillers fighting over a bone.
I can't describe the smell of the cabin in the mornings. 10 mouth-breathers in a closed room for 7 hours. Add to that the smell of some b.o., random shoes and dirty socks...all in a 20' x 40' room. It made us want to get out of bed in the morning and get out of the cabin.
|Me and Crazy Jim...out on the trails.|
Crazy Jim and I had a blast and headed home Sunday afternoon. I rode the Schwinn Sunday night, a classic beauty that always makes me happy (but I still am hoping to sell it).
By the way...the 30 Days of Biking Challenge is going perfectly. I have ridden my bike every day (except for two days on a stationary bike) since April 1st. It is fun whether I am just doing a light cruise in the neighborhood, running errands or going for some distance. Interesting challenge and one that I just may continue into May.