It has been a wild few months, a great bike tour followed by a month of mayhem, packing, moving, followed by working in Arizona and Mexico. Things are still busy, but at least it’s warm down here.
To recap the past few weeks in a pointed, brain dump format…..
- Buried in work, packing, moving, goodbyes, etc. for the month of August
- Caught the Burlington Criterium on Labor Day
- Flew to Phoenix Arizona on September 5th
- Rented a car and drove through 115 degree “dry heat” with the windows down to Douglas Arizona.
- Found out why it’s called monsoon season
The fence between the US and Mexico is just behind the the houses across the street
- Was reunited with the bicycle I just built and had shipped down
Parked out front of where I’m working in Mexico
After many years of touring on Long Haul Truckers, I built a Surly Troll for this trip. There are a few reasons for this, I wanted a higher bottom bracket, I already had a frame bag that fit, and …….. Rohloff compatible rear dropouts.
I’ve wanted one for years and this trip gave me the excuse to pull the trigger. Laced to a Mavic 729 it should make for a bomb proof wheel. Up front I have a Schmidt SON28 dynamo hub laced to a Mavic 719. A lightweight wheel that so far, has been holding up. Tires are Maxxis 2.4 Holy Rollers with Slime self sealing tubes. I’ll make a separate bike post in the future.
- Drove across the border to Mexico and had the car and bags searched for 45 minutes by the US Border Patrol
- Was denied entry for the car due to a paperwork error by Enterprise Car Rental
- Was detained again coming back into the US
- Returned the rental car and am now using rides / bicycle / public transportation
- Got a ride with a coworker down to Fronteras Mexico
- Worked a lot of hours
- Stayed in a guest house for the week and ate some great Mexican food.
- Explored the dirt roads and trails around Fronteras (a separate post to come)
- Rode back up to Douglas – Rt. 17 in Mexico is not a fun road to ride on.
- Headed east on Geronimo Trail out of Douglas Arizona.
I packed my full kit to give the bike a shakedown.
Same border, different type of fence
- Came across the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge.
- Found a great camping spot
- Explored some of the side trails on my way back to Douglas the next morning
- Checked into the Motel 6 and got back to work.