I’m still undertaking day rides from basecamp in Flagstaff while my ace support crew backpacks the Grand Canyon. Today I’m riding a road I’ve already travelled by bicycle.
In 2015, when RJ and I biked to the Grand Canyon, we went the long way around from Flagstaff to Bonito campground in Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument via Schultz Pass Road. In order to accomplish a similar ride today, I needed to drive the direct route from Flagstaff to the national monument, park there, ride up the pass, then return to the Forester. Four years ago RJ and I managed to ride that rough, unpaved, unmaintained road on fully loaded Surly Long Haul Truckers. I had no idea about it’s current condition, except that apparently the road remained closed for the winter, and there might be some snow on it. I figured the Ogre was my ace in the hole. Plus, I could always turn around at any point and bail out.