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· passive/aggressive
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Sunday morning 5:00am. I am getting ready to meet a few friends and head out on a scenic loop that is a common ride in Tucson. The sun is barely making its presence know but the air is heavy with humidity from summer monsoon rains.

I grab my bike and shoo the wife out the door just as the sun makes the world light. We pedal to our rendezvous and meet the others of our group.

Rolling out the sky is heavy with moisture and then it begins to rain. Just a soft touch at first but we revel in this. Riding in the rain in the desert is a special treat and such a rarity that we just roll on, water cascading in thin sheets across the road, the sun prying through loose openings in the sky and the mountain wrapped in thin poofs of clouds.

Wet shoes and multitudinous squished colorado river toads greet us as we gain elevation towards our turn around point. We pick up some youths, new to cycling and tow them along, chatting away. The rain takes a respite but paints the distant sky with broad strokes of grey, cascading down from the yellow, red and gray sky. Blue emerges in bits, here and there. The sun pushing against the clouds trying to bake his desert but the clouds hold him back, hopefully for as long as the ride, maybe till tomorrow.

We turn, head back, downhill all the way. In the drops we are a gang, taking the road as our own. Humidity turns the air to chill as our speeds elevate. We revel in this cold in july in the desert. We splash through puddles, paint our bikes with grime and sprint home under this rare cloud burst. Bikes unaccustomed to water shed dry lubes, chain shing to their coating of road dirt and grime, tape soaked, shoes stretching, gloves loose I am home.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2667581743/" title="07-13-08_panorama by Melinda and David, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3160/2667581743_28a3fe7cf7_b.jpg" width="1024" height="293" alt="07-13-08_panorama" /></a>

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I've been to Tucson several times. They used to have a road race in Bisbee called The Tour of Bisbee. I rode in it a few times. I'm still of the opinion that the heaviest, hardest rainfall I've ever seen was in Bisbee. We were staying in the Copper Queen. The streets actually turned into rivers. IMO the Tucson area is beautiful.

BTW, great writing! I really like your style.
 

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Mr. Versatile said:
I've been to Tucson several times. They used to have a road race in Bisbee called The Tour of Bisbee. I rode in it a few times. I'm still of the opinion that the heaviest, hardest rainfall I've ever seen was in Bisbee. We were staying in the Copper Queen. The streets actually turned into rivers. IMO the Tucson area is beautiful.

BTW, great writing! I really like your style.
That race is still held, every year.
 

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Nice pics. The few times I've been in Arizona when it rained. . .it RAINED! Every little dry creek bed, ditch, and low spot was boiling with brown water, choya (sp?) thorns, and sand. Pretty amazing to watch.
 

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There are a few "in the middle of nowhere" shots in that collection.
 

· passive/aggressive
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selective shooting crops out the developments filled with generic houses that do not belong in the arizona desert. Mid west sure but arizona no.

Absolutely gorgeous valley to ride in with a long swoopy road and a nice bike path with little traffic. Options for loops abound and the scenery is spectacular.

Sadly I had my camera set at low res for furniture for sale photos and forgot to set it up a notch so the pictures are small and low quality but you get the idea. Next time I will include better quality images and hopefully images of my pregnant wife on her bike which she so thoughtfully scolded me for not taking any of her.
 

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Great! Desert and rain is a beautiful combination. I used to spend a lot of weekends in the extreme northern part of Nevada (desert) and those rainy days were unforgetable. I can smell it now. Pictures of a preagnant woman on a bike? You know, you really can`t win there- you got chewed out for not taking any and you`d probably have gotten chewed out for taking them if you did.
 
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