Bad news. Cold front came to Arizona. Near freezing temperature with pouring rain and dense fog. We have the longest leg of the trip today from Flagstaff all the way to Phoenix. We mapped our ride out at about 170 miles. Going through high elevations in this weather is just crazy. Our gear is inadequate. We do not want to disappoint anyone and ourselves but we have decided on cheating and shortening today's trip by about half and ride in the van till the rain let up and temp went over 40 deg. Too bad. Most of this distance have up to 6% incline downhill and it would have been fun to ride if it wasn't for unbearable weather.
We drove to Camp Verde and by the time we got to the Montezuma Castle rain stopped and it got a little warmer. We have explored this castle built seven centuries ago in the caves in the vertical cliffs.
From here on we are taking Rt 260 to Payson. Cesar and Tom have agreed that they can and will ride for the remaining miles even though it is still cold and raining lightly but good enough to ride. Payson is exactly 5000' elevation and it should only be down hill from here. LOL . NOT TRUE.
Slowly but surly it warmed up and we did finally make it to Phoenix AZ. So far so good. Still a hard hilly ride but at least it was warmer then yesterday. PLEASE watch our lunch break Video. LOL
Colombian boy trying to touch a BABY CACTUS .