TNT-Tour Day 3 Catalina State Park-50 miles

Another beautiful day and a big loop ride to and from Catalina State Park. NO wrong turns today! The trail out is great.

Bubba had the SAG at his RV in the park. Nice.

Pete and I rode out of the park and it was downhill but windy.

Got warmer as the day got later. We saw AD Carson, a 2014 Coaster that rode with Pete and a buddy on their recumbents.

Peace out Tres dog

TNT-Tour in Tucson Day 1 and 2

Coupling days together because of a Wifi outage at the hotel. We started out on a beautiful day and had a nice roll out. I was riding with a fellow coaster Pete McCabe. He rode in 2014 and was SAG on our 2016 trip.

We were doing fine until we missed a turn that put us a few miles off route. We got back to the route and home we went.

It was hot and it was good to get back to the barn. We had decided not to allow this to happen again the next day well…it did. I blew a turn getting on the loop and went the wrong direction for miles because of the beauty of the roll. Wind at our back, beautiful scenery and no traffic.

We figured we would retrace our footsteps after enjoying more of the loop.

If you are going to be lost the best guy to do that with is Pete. Tomorrow is another day. Miles ridden.

The day after the day…

It was decided that a 17.5 mile urban and loop ride would be done with a stop at the St. Phillips Plaza flea market on the loop. The commish looked like a natural the bike lanes of traffic in Tucson and on the loop.

We had a great ride and got back around noon and it was getting warm. We went to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum which is next to the Saguaro National Park. It is amazing.

We saw hummingbirds, bobcat, rattlesnakes, lizards and prairie dogs Featured image credit to my wife Mariella Smith. It may be the picture of the trip. Oh and cactus!

I got my gear for the week long wagon wheel bike ride out of the Lodge on the Desert. Stoked. Dinner tonight. I ride with the group tomorrow. PeaPeace

April 9, 1988

This is the day that I married my lovely wife 33 years ago at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Downtown Tampa. What a day and what a life! I was able to ride the area this morning in a little 25 miler to get my bearings reestablished. Tucson is the most bicycle friendly city in America. Off to the loop.

There is an old racetrack that had come a park and it was open and I went in and took some pics and actually rode a small piece of the race track.

A fellow came up and stated I should not be in here. I left with my experiences and pics. There will be many more pics of the Loop as the week progresses. A local favorite.

The wife and I have a plan for the rest of the day which was to include Tucson Botanical Garden.

We had an early reservation at a restaurant near the top of Campbell Rd. called Vivace and it was wonderful. The food and the view. Sunset from the top.

We had tickets for the Oscar nominated animated film shorts at The Loft Theater. What the wife did not know was that I had gotten the marquee done with a message of our anniversary. I went by earlier by bike.

The wife was stunned and it was really hard for me to keep the secret. I succeeded and Mariella was blown away. The shorts were tremendous in an open air theater behind the theater. It was a great day. Peace out. Tres

On to Tucson

A very early morning rollout from the El Capitan Hotel in Van Horn. Nice breakfast and out before the sun was up. I got to watch it come up while I drove to Carlsbad Caverns.

I had about 100 mile drive to the caverns pretty much all on my own. The top featured image is El Capitan of Guadalupe Mountains. The views were staggering.

I was able to go into the cavern in the first group. I went down the elevator due to time and was alone in the cavern for almost 35-40 minutes. The Carlsbad Caverns were mine. The Grandaddy of all show caves. I took lots of pics but will attempt to show only the best.

Historic early spelunkers

The time inside the cavern was transformational. I chanted a few ohm’s for harmonic resonance. Incredible sound. I had a 15 minute conversation with a park ranger who was a geologist and spelunker. A great morning and then back to the drive.

I was passing through changing states and different styles and types of deserts with dust and wind storms that could move the car. In Tucson with the wife and let the exploring begin. Peace out Tres

The road to Tucson

I am meeting my wife in Tucson for a long weekend and we are celebrating our 33 wedding anniversary. Needless to say she is the big reason I get to roll like this. I was restless and up earlier than expected for the first leg of the trip, the drive to New Orleans. It was really o dark thirty. It did allow me to make good time.

Rest area outside Pensacola

Continued on I-10 to Mobile and decided to stop at the USS Alabama battle ship park, It was a beautiful day and I had been in the car for awhile. It was a blast.

The ship was a museum in progress.

Dr. Strangelove
USS Drum SS 228

Got to NOLA in a fine and tired fashion. Canal Street just hopping as I drove in. A nice nap at the St. James Hotel and then out to dinner at Muriel’s on Jackson Square.

The back of Lafitte
Music at dinner
ART
Streetcar on Canal St.

A long sleep, over 10 big ones. A great southern breakfast at the Ruby Slipper Cafe and out of NOLA by 9 am. The next leg was 600 miles to Kerrsville, Texas. I went through the Atchtafalaya Natural Wildlife Refuge. Always Amazing. Acadiana area of Louisiana is where Cycle Zydeco is and all that Cajun culture. So fun. Around Houston and San Antonio to get to the Y-O Hotel. A cowboy hotel and a steak at Cowboy Steakhouse.

1300 miles in 2 days. I did get another big sleep with a good breakfast and the Y-O Hotel lobby continued to prove interesting.

I was able to ride the same little, short, paved trail next to the Kerrsville River that I rode in 2016 on C2C. Cute historic downtown too.

My stop was in Sonora, TX. A county seat with a historic courthouse, see top featured image and downtown.

The road was amazing.

I saw several wind turbine blades being transported on this lonely stretch of I-10. It was surreal how long it was.

At the historic oasis known as The El Capitan Hotel. Tomorrow Carlsbad Caverns and Tucson and the commish. Peace out Tres

Rest of the story…

A great roll out and beautiful paddle along the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. How about the handmade wood kayak.

The next day an off island ride for me to Estero Point and a run for the wife.

A great Tween Waters Inn dinner at Old Captiva Room. Best Florida seafood and sunsets in historic old Florida.

Next day hike in the Bailey tract with the wife and a stop at a botanical nursery.

Mess with an alligator…lose a leg!

The next day I took the two island ride from Sanibel to Captiva and back with the wife running again.

Ted Williams fishing gear at Jensen’s Marina

Great week. Peace out. Tres

Off/On island ride-44 miles

My wife had a meeting this morning that allowed me to get a nice morning ride in so, off Sanibel Island via the causeway to Ft. Myers.

The ride went on a great bike path along Summerlin Rd. I went on a side road to San Carlos Bay Bunche Beach Preserve. Cool kayak put in.

Time to go back to the island.

Island time. Peace out Tres