July 12, 2012
Alamogordo, NM to Tucson, AZ
I got up at 5:00 a.m., packed my belongings, packed the bike, ate breakfast and was on the road with our other group members by 6:30 Mountain Time.
Today’s ride was about 360 miles, nearly all on Interstate 10 heading straight west into Arizona. We knew it was going to be hot – we just didn’t know how hot! Early on the temperature was in the 70s, but by the time we got to Tucson, it was about 105! We stopped nearly every hour for rest and hydration breaks.
We arrived at our motel a 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. We decided to tour Saguaro National Park
) a little closer to dusk. So, at 4:00 p.m., with the temperature still 105, we got on our bikes and rode to the park (less than 15 miles away).
This park is devoted to the protection of the Giant Saguaro Cactus plant. The park is divided into two parts, east and west of the city of Tucson. I believe we went to the eastern park which featured an 8 mile paved touring road. We rode through the park, stopping frequently to take pictures.