Sunday, April 06, 2008

A Beautiful day for a Ride


Once the largest man-made lake in the world, Roosevelt Lake is still the biggest of the six Salt River Project lakes and offers the most recreation opportunities. When full, the lake covers more than 19,000 acres near the confluence of Tonto Creek and the Salt River. Visitors can reach the lake by three routes: approximately 40 miles from Apache Junction, via the Apache Trail (Highway 88); 30 miles from Globe via Highway 188; or approximately 40 miles from the Beeline Highway (Highway 87) via Highway 188.

Another absolutely beautiful spring riding day in Arizona. I joined 10 members of the Phoenix Area Cycle Riders on the following 320 mile ride through the Tonto National Forest to Roosevelt Lake. I had never been there before. What a pleasant surprise. What a beautiful desert lake!! Around every corner and over every hill we were treated to a display of green and yellow covered hillsides sprinkled with majestic Saguaros with splashes of orange wild flowers.

"We will head out of town via the 10 to the 202 east to Country Club where we will exit the freeway then travel north on 87. Those of you on the east side please let me know if you will be meeting us at the gas station located on 87 just north of the 202 or if you will be waiting for us at the Shell station located on Shea in Fountain Hills located just west of 87. We will make both stops if we have members to pick up.

We will travel the Beeline Highway 50 miles east of Fountain Hills then turn right onto State Route 188 which will take us to Roosevelt Dam and a ride across the longest expansion bridge in the country. We will then ride through some beautiful twisties and scenery as we make our way to Guayo's on the Trail (Mexican Restaurant) where we will have brunch/lunch.

Following brunch/lunch we will travel east through the town of Globe and ride the Winkleman/Kearny loop before heading back to the valley via 60 to the Superstition Freeway."


At 11:27 PM, Blogger Barbara and Ron said...

Love the pink/blue/purple bike! Still not too hot, huh?

At 7:37 AM, Blogger sally said...

Not too hot yet, but the forcast shows several days in the mid 90's this week. I'm starting to look northward every afternoon. It won't be long now.

At 6:45 PM, Blogger Diana said...

Some year I'm not going to rush out of the Phoenix area at the first sign of heat. Sounds like I'm missing a lot of pretty flowers.


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