I went off route onto some rough gravel to explore western Arizona’s KOFA National Wildlife Refuge. I was on a quest to see some desert bighorn sheep which are known to roam the area. I never did find any bighorns, but I did find some great plant life in this transition zone between the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts.

One of the best things about the southwestern U.S. deserts is that wild campsites are pretty much EVERYWHERE. In the featured photo above, I set up my tent under the watchful eyes of four saguaros. I love saguaros (and Joshua Trees) so much that I would never call them view-blockers. Actually, biologically speaking, they AREN’T view-blockers. They’re cacti — not trees.

March 11, 2018: I was so happy with my campsite that I did some cartwheels.

June 11, 2020: I was so happy to stumble upon the ONLY saguaro cacti in MY Town that I did some cartwheels.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

3 response to "BEFORE AND AFTER: June 11"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 12, 2020

    saguaro cacti in Minnesota, good find.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: June 14, 2020

    I cannot imagine how much time and effort went into this one, Greg! Well done! I can’t believe you were able to capture the exact same leg positioning, too.

    My parents have a heap of small cacti in their yard (not saguaros though) that grow naturally, so if you are ever in Colorado and need another photo in the series, just let me know. They’ve hosted a random cyclist I met on the road that I sent their way once, so they are experienced 🙂

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