Back to the San Tan Loop

This Covid summer seems to be one of early morning bike rides. The sun is just peeking over the San Tan mountains, filling the valley with soft yellow light. I came to escape the stresses of the world, with a nagging feeling that I’ve been here before.

5:30 a.m. and I pedal through the soft sand to the trail. There are more people already hiking and biking than I would have thought, but then again, we all adapt to the early morning to try and beat the summer heat. No one seems too worried about the virus. I have my face covering though, as I continue to try and be a good global citizen and do my part.

I love the mighty Saguaro cacti that dot the landscape, as I try to spot birds and owls that may be living inside. You never know, maybe I’ll get lucky and spot a bobcat or snake as well. I haven’t yet, but I think it may only be a matter of time.

I can’t recall how far I ride, but it doesn’t take too long before the sun starts cookin’. I climb the last hill, then descend quickly back down to the parking lot, letting the wind cool me off.

I see that it’s now 7:30 a.m. and 102 degrees. I quench my thirst with the last drops of water from my bladder, pack up the bike and head on back to quarantine.

I’ve got to keep up a healthy lifestyle in these Covid times.

Wench, bring my ale, what say you?

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