Tour de AZ - Day 4: Tempe

Miles: 35

Route: MAFW - Tempe Beach Park - Greenbelt - Papago Crosscut - MAFW

Weather: 80F, sunny and breezy

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The alternate title for this article is "Dear MAFW, I love you…."

For almost 15 years I've lived in this little nook of Tempe called "Maple Ash Farmer Wilson" (MAFW), or "Zone One" by the diehard locals. Zone One technically refers to how the hood is zoned for garbage and recycle pick-up, but is used as a tongue-in-cheek metaphor for how this little Tempe neighborhood is the center of the the universe for many Tempeons. It's where a bunch of students, professors, Tempe artists and longtime locals live. It's where you can find Cartel Coffee, Casey Moore's Oyster House, Tempe Farmer's Market, Taste of Tops, and a whole list of historic houses in various states of repair. I love my little neck of the woods, so I took a ride through it, snapping pix of some of my favorite sites. 

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Tempe Town "Lake":

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Southbound on Papago Crosscut Canal: 

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The annual Vanishing Show, a MAFW tradition where neighbors host mini-parties with bands and beer for just a few songs, then everyone hops on their bike and rides to the next location. 

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