Sunday, March 11, 2012

Day One

The first gathering of the tribe: tonight's menu: Sue on lunch stop!

It is sunny and warm in Arizona!  What a difference from Washington!  We loaded the truck in the snow! Our reward is sunshine and blue skies.  There is a bit of a breeze today: hopefully it will not pick up and give our tribe a bad time on their first day on the road.

Our new tribe gathered last night for orientation and dinner: our fearless leader Dave Patterson has a stellar crew to guide them along on this trip.  Jack P. on luggage, Marker Bob on route marking, Sue on lunch, Kevin as mechanic, and a newbie, Joe, on water stop.  It's going to be a great week!

The riders are a great group at all different skill levels!  We have two USC Juniors on spring break that chose this trip after googling adventures!  They were scheduled to go to Costa Rica and when that fell through they chose us!  There was quite a bit of short term training going on last night: their rented bikes are to big for them so Kevin worked his magic as best he could, and they did not know how to shift their bikes....and I'm not quite sure they have ever put up a tent before.  BUT: they are on the road and on to a great adventure!  I'm sure they'll do great!

We fed the tribe a healthy, well rounded meal of Spring Green Salad with toasted almonds and raspberry vinaigrette, Greek lemon chicken, basmati rice, grilled tomatoes, sautéed snap peas, stuffed portabellos for the vegimites, and home made cookies for dessert. Speaking of desserts: my mom, who will be 90 this year: spent the winter baking rum cakes!  We have quite the stock pile for the next couple of trips.

We are just South of Tucson at the Cactus Country RV Resort, and today we are headed to Patagonia.  I posted some great pics last year of the town, and hopefully today we will be able to visit the Museum of the day of the dead!  It should be an experience!

TIme to get on the road: I don't think we will have wireless tonight so I will update the trip tomorrow!

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