Tour de AZ: Day 1 - Flagstaff

It is somewhat controversial in the bike community to "drive to your ride" - meaning loading your bike in your car and driving to the trail or route you want to bike.  BUT, I only have a few days off for "Spring Break," and since I spent the entire first day curled up in bed with the lights off (...nursing students understand), I thought I'd do a "mini tour" of Arizona and just drive myself to all the placed I wanted to ride. 

 

First stop: Flagstaff, Arizona

Temp: 52 degrees, strong winds

Miles: 25 on the saddle

Route: NAU, FUTS, Historic Downtown

image.jpg

Bravo to NAU on their great integrated bike system on campus! After almost 15 years of living in AZ, this was actually my first time visiting NAU campus!! 

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

I caught a glimpse of the owner of this house, and yes, she is as fabulous as you imagine. 

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
 #railstotrails ?!?? 

#railstotrails ?!?? 

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

I wasnt even looking, and I found the Flagstaff Bike Co-Op- funny how we gravitate to things...

image.jpg

I love bike Co-Ops so much

 I found my people

I found my people

 this was my beacon- princess bike

this was my beacon- princess bike

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

It was REALLY windy, and my bike kept rolling towards me while I tried to get this pic. A guy walked by chucking. He told me he has a vintage trek he rides everywhere.  I said: "So what I'm doing looks totally normal to you, then" (as the bike rolled out of frame) 

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

I tried my first "beer tail" at Lumberyard Brewery- a mix of their porter, raspberry liqueur and frangelico, and then I looped around for a bit on the FUTS (Flagstaff Urban Trail System), which is a great way to commute, but not exactly super scenic since it mostly just runs alongside main roads.  It loops the whole city, so maybe if I have time for a 50 mile loop I'll try it another time :)

(the FUTS also connects with MTB trails and leads you directly to the trailhead. I wasn't on the appropriate wheels, so again- maybe next time) 

image.jpg

The historic downtown area by bike is great because I got to see all the old standard touristy stuff (haunted hotels and crystal shops), plus the alleys have some amazing murals and street art I'd never seen before.

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

Of course, every great ride ends at a brewery. Here I am at Flagstaff Brewing Company.  

Check in tomorrow for my next adventure!