Our overnight at the KOA in Gila Bend featured an Italian feast from chef Anne.
Check out this sunset through the cactus.
How do you know you are in the Sonoran Desert? The answer in a moment, but first, today’s stats:
Start city: Gila Bend, AZ
End city: Casa Grande, AZ
Total miles to date: 397
Pedaling time: 4 hours, 47 minutes
Avg. speed: 15.5 mph
Feet climbed: 1300
Fatigue factor: 6 (out of 10)
Wind: NE, 5-10 mph
Road condition: 5 out of 5
According to last night’s talk from Professor Steve, who follows this blog, you know you are in the Sonoran when you see the saguaro cactus, our “star of the day”.
As roll down AZ-238, saguaro are everywhere. I take countless pictures and it’s very difficult to choose which photos will make the blog!
The desert is in bloom and today we are treated to some purple wildflowers as well.
It’s a long hot day with several fun stops along the way. At 42 miles we stop to refuel and recharge at the Copa Craze Smoothie Shop. They are expecting us and are extremely accommodating when Roger wants to rewrite the menu.
He wants a Black Forest without the chocolate base, so they make a white chocolate forest smoothie.
This area of Arizona is home to tens of thousands of cows.
We’ve seen milk tankers and cream cheese factories and lots of lots of cows!
We are heading to the Stanfield Ranch Market for lunch where an unusual assortment of choices awaits us.
I choose the tongue taco and Roger goes with the carnitas and because they accidentally deliver shredded beef, we get to try that too!
Tomorrow: Eight straight…will it be great?
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