CLC2018, Ride 3: Rio Salado

In Tempe (a municipality in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area) the Salt River (also known as the Rio Salado) has been dammed to create Tempe Town Lake. My ace support crew and I are in Scottsdale, as we usually are around this time each year, to catch some spring training baseball and to hike in the desert. I sometimes rent a bike to pedal on trails and paths as time permits. This year, because we drove rather than flying down from Santa Rosa, I brought along the Ogre. I decided to ride down to the river, then back and forth along the very nice bike paths on the north bank and south bank of Tempe Town Lake.


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5 response to "CLC2018, Ride 3: Rio Salado"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: March 20, 2018

    Wow – Old Grumble-Face is famous! That’s hilarious that they wanted you to model an ebike. Sorry to hear about the melanoma removal… it is so common here, you don’t even bat an eye when someone over 50 has bandages on any part of their arms, hands or head. I hope that many stitches mean they got it all and then some. I used to go down to visit a friend in Scottsdale over Thanksgiving Break each year while in college. We used to ride all over the place… but I didn’t recognize much in your pics but the bridges. How times change! I would love to know the neck brace guy’s story, too! Thanks for the post. All the best for healing. Em

  2. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: March 20, 2018

    Hi Bill,

    Welcome to the melanoma/skin cancer club. I remember when it was very scary, but with new treatments it’s not so bad, especially if you get treated early. Hey, scars should be worn as badges of honor or proof that you’ve lived. You must share the pix if and when you get them.

    Cheers,

    Keith

  3. By: Seasidejanet Posted: March 20, 2018

    Wow….my response isn’t here. I thought I posted it hours ago?!
    I got 7planes in the photos. Do I win? And who knew there was so much water in AZ! Loved all the photos……..you and Jack are going to need to get together and compare scares and stitches…although thirty’s al lot. Sure hope they got it all!! Take care…
    Janet

    Oh yea…..Play Ball!! And looking forward to your modeling portfolio.

  4. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: March 21, 2018

    Bill dear,

    Where is this info on your melanoma? I’ve had the odd basal cell removal here and there but this thing with many stitches? We are not pleased, but glad you got it taken care of.

    It seems this is a more hopeful spring training than last year. Have you seen Cueto on your runs up Camelback?

    -Yr Goddess

  5. By: Bill Stone Posted: March 27, 2018

    Thanks to all for comments. We’re home after biking/hiking/spring training expedition through the desert. My ace support crew tried to hike my poor legs off. Camelback Mountain. Sunrise Peak. Lost Palms Oasis. Hellhole Canyon. Mount San Jacinto. I barely had time or strength to get in a few short bike rides.

    As to melanoma, after two sessions removing porkchop-sized chunks from my cheek, the med team decided I had a clean margin so they finally sewed me up with 30+ stitches. I think the big scar on my cheek is kind of cool, but I notice many folks averting their eyes. Now, if I could just get my right arm functional again….

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