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Hiking Madera Canyon – an oasis in the desert

After racing on Saturday, Sunday was recovery day. What better way to recover than a nice hike in Madera Canyon, Az. I packed up the family, dog and a lunch and away we went. Here are a few pics from the day…

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3 Vehicross’ reunite on Bull Spring Road

9 year ago I organized the first big get together for Arizona Vehicross owners. It was an off-road outing that attracted 8-9 VX owners. The trail was Bull Spring Road. Back then we thought that was a pretty hardcore trail…now after tackling some truly hardcore trails Bull Spring Road is a pretty easy, although scenic, jaunt through the desert mountains starting south of Green Valley that leads to the town of Patagonia.

So, this year I threw the invite out to the VX crowd to reunite some of the old gang and get some of the new out on an easy trail followed by some great food. Things were looking good with 9-10 people saying they would be there and another 5 or so on the maybe list. As the trip date grew nearer the bailouts started to fly…bummer. Oh well, their loss!

Sunday December 11 arrived and it was show time. I was joined at the designated meet place/time by Bob in  his victory white Ironman edition and Victor in his ebony with Prashant riding shotgun. My wife accompanied me in my ebony.

We rolled onto the trail with the temperature climbing into a near perfect 70 and the sun shining. We had a great view of Elephant Head to our backs.

Our first stop was the Glove Mine. We were fortunate enough to have access to the mine for a little exploring. Bob gave us a tour through the dark shafts and educated us on the history.

From there we climbed through the desert mountain landscape and had several opportunities to catch a glimpse of Whipple Observatory perched on top of Mt. Hopkins.

We made a stop at the ruins of the old post office which during the heights of the mining boom was home to some 1000 P.O. boxes for the miners.

From there it was a short jaunt into the town of Patagonia and the tires hit pavement again.

Lunch called for a stop at the Velvet Elvis for some great pizza of the likes you will find nowhere else.

After lunch Bob parted ways. Victor tailed me for the scenic way home through Sonoita and Box Canyon. Then the day drew to an end with me heading home and Victor heading up I-10.

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Bikes, slip and slides, watermelon, and snowcones!

What do these all have in common? The TriSports.com inaugural 5th Saturday Ride. July 30 everyone is invited to join TriSports.com employees, local Team TriSports athletes, TriSports champions and the athletes of the TriSports Tri Club for a group ride. Everyone will roll out of the TriSports parking lot at 6am. Distances are as long as you want to go…the ultimate destination is Gates Pass/McCain Loop. The ride will be followed by cold watermelon, even colder snowcones and you can cool off in the inflatable slip and slide! Have your family and kids meet you at the end of the ride and join in on the fun! Hope to see you there!

And don’t forget to use code BOLIV-S for 10% off any purchased goods you might need!