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Desert Cycling Bingo

As I was riding my bicycle through the Arizona desert outside Tucson yesterday afternoon, I saw a good-sized Gila Monster, which was my first sighting for this year.

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This fortuitous discovery came just a few days after I had seen my first rattlesnake for the year, which got me thinking: perhaps I should track a few of the familiar objects that I see every year, which quickly expanded to common occurrences and mishaps. A few minutes later and I had randomized several of my semi-routine desert riding experiences into the following bingo card, where I have already encountered a few of the more-prevalent items this year:

Stung by Wasp inside my Cycling Jersey Rode in 100+ Temperatures PR on RRC Saw a Rattlesnake Ran Out of Water
Saw a Tarantula PR on PHL Saw a Coyote Hit by Wasp in Face Passed by a 20-Something During a Climb
Run Off the Road by Car Passed a 20-Something During a Climb Rode in 110+ Temperatures Got a Flat Tire Ocotillo in Bloom
Rode in 90+ Temperatures Saw a Gila Monster Fell Over Hit by Cicada in Face PR on SNP
Saguaro in Bloom PR on FHC Hit by Grasshopper in Face Threw Chain During a Climb Saw a Roadrunner

Where the following abbreviations apply:

Abbr. Description
PR Personal Record
FHC Freeman Hill Climb
SNP Saguaro National Park
PHL Pistol Hill Loop
RRC Riparian Ridge Climb

As you can see, there are several items which I have yet to see or do for the year, but only four months have gone by; there's plenty of time to fill up the list.

Posted: Apr 23 2018, 10:42 by Bob | Comments (0)
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