Up Hill Climb to Flagstaff, AZ
Day 42 July 14th Winslow, AZ to Flagstaff, AZ 63 miles Total Miles: 2,353
Weather: Sunny, upper 80’s slight headwind
Sun rise was at 5:09am and breakfast (coffee and tea) was available starting at 5:00am, so we got up way too early got our tea and coffee and supplemented it with our oatmeal and dried fruit. We were on the bicycle and heading out of Winslow by 6:00am.
Again today the heat and wind was to go up about noon. We had a climb to Flagstaff of over 2,000 Ft. Thank goodness the bulk of our ride was on I- 40 so the uphill was pretty gentle and steady. After 40 miles on I- 40 we got off at the City of Winona and then began the last twenty mile climb to Flagstaff. The climb was not too bad but definitely steeper than the climb on I-40, we were bicycling on Old Route 60/ Townsend-Winona Rd. Luckily they had just repaved a huge piece of the road and it was a pleasure to ride on. We had a nice wide/clean shoulder to use. Enjoy the video of the newly paved road.
We reached the outskirts of Flagstaff and our maps said Hwy 89 was not fun to ride too much traffic and no bicycle facilities. We were pleased to find a bicycle lane on the road when we turned the corner and had no problem riding the last 8 miles to the historic downtown area of Flagstaff. We are staying at a Hostel tonight – Motel Du Beau. It is a great place right in the middle of the downtown area and within walking distance of just about everything you need. Imagine this there are even three micro breweries within walking distance of the Hostel – Peter is in heaven!!
We are taking the day off tomorrow and our friend Greg who lives in Phoenix will be picking us up in the morning. Greg used to work at J B Cycle and Sport in Howard and Peter and him used to bicycle together. He is an amazing bicyclist and routinely kicked Peter’s butt. He will be our tour guide for the day. It sounds like he is taking us hiking and out to lunch. It will be great to see him again it has been years, we are looking forward to a day off the bicycle and a chance to catch up with an old friend.