Well the washing machine is running and
most every thing is unpacked and put away. I will have to set up
the tent in the yard tomorrow and wash it and let it dry, from our
weekend bike tour at Mormon Lake, AZ.
Our adventure started Friday the 20
the of May. At the Mormon Lake Rangers Station on Lake Mary Rd. The
weather was cool and cloudy and a little breezy. Six of us headed
south on Lake Mary Rd. at about 9:45 AM, Vince, Mark, Geni, Peter,
Heather, and myself, while Tom, Alex, Julie, Greg, Bob, and
Maggie, started riding from Mormon Lake Village heading North to meet
up with us some where along the route. The temperature was cooler
than normal for May but it was still very nice riding. By the time I
had pedaled 4 miles I meet Julie riding North, She must have gotten
an early start for she had already had ridden 23 miles. I was the
last in our group so Julie turned around and we rode together as we
past lower and upper Lake Mary. One by one the two groups joined
together to head south to our campground destination. It was good
to see our fellow cyclist from the Valley of the Sun who had driven
north to enjoy our cool mountain air and pine tree covered vistas.
Before we knew it we were all at the
Mormon Lake campground. The skies were threatening to rain so we all
went to work setting up our tents. As it turned out all we got was a
few sprinkles. So several of us decided to checked out the small
petting zoo and the buffalo they have in a well constructed
en-closer. There was new born buffalo calf and its mother in a
separate pen. After visiting the animals we wondered over to the
Mormon Lake tavern were we joined some more members of our group that
had come up from Cottonwood. Deb 1, Deb 2, Jim and Jerry. Lots of
great conversation and teasing with a large dose of laughter filled
the rustic venue as we munched down popcorn and enjoy our liquid
refreshments. Soon it was time to head back to camp and make dinner.
Then several of the group enjoyed sitting around a camp fire. Again
lots of laughing and fun as the sun light retreated and the air
became more more crisp. The weather report had called for lows in
the 40's but a thermometer registered 31 degrees. There was some
talk of feeling the cold during the night but no one looked the worse
Saturday morning was sunny with
scattered clouds and virtually no wind to speak of. Several of the
cyclists decided to take advantage of the great conditions and
venture out on their bikes to explore and ride around the area. Some
rode around the Mormon Lake loop and and others headed south to see
what Happy Jack had to show. A few even did both. A third group of
us decided to hike to the Arizona Trail which is a mile from our
campground. From there we headed north west toward Dairy Springs.
After several miles we began to realize that hiking all the way to
Dairy Springs and back would be more of a hike than any of us had
bargained for. So luckily I had a gps along. It was very easy to
find a direct route through the woods that would take us to Mormon
Lake Rd. From the road it was an easy mile back to our campground.
Still over all we walked 5 miles.
Time for lunch and a quick nap before
heading out on a ride around the lake with Bob F. I didn't actually
get to my nap but the desire was there. The wind had come up by
2PM a little but still it was a gorgeous ride around the 15 mile loop
that skirts Mormon Lake. I could not have asked for better riding
temperatures. From the far end of the lake is a look out where often
herds of elk can be seen grazing on the lush grasses that grow near
the waters edge. Near the end of the loop riding it clockwise is a
long hill that drops down into the village of Mormon Lake. What a
fun way to end a short little ride.
Saturday evening was once again filled
with the sounds of laughter, some BS, gentle ribbing, and snacking on
Heathers chocolate brownies and other treats around a roaring, warm
camp fire to ward off the evening chill. What a great way to end a
Sunday morning meant we would have to
say good bye to our friends from the south. A couple of them were
planning to ride south toward 87 and perhaps on to Strawberry before
getting picked up by Tom's motor home. The group from Cottonwood
would be riding north toward Flagstaff and our starting point at the
Mormon Lake Rangers Station.
In all my wife counted 26 attending the
ride for the weekend. Pretty good turn out. Thanks to everyone for
making it a great bicycling weekend.