That was enough of a wakeup call and we slowly packed up camp. I think all of us who spent the night had ride plans for Sunday, but Shannon was the only one up for an adventure ride.
Our plan for the day was to drive south to Patagonia to the beginning of AZT Passage 4, ride it northbound until we reached the Wilderness boundary, then hike through the Wilderness to the opposite boundary I rode to on Saturday. Of course we had no real idea how the riding would be. Time to find out.
|Main drag in Patagonia.|
|We were about to buy water at the store behind us, then Shannon spotted this fountain.|
|The first 7 miles were easy pedaling with fantastic views of Mt. Wrightson. Look closely, you can see the Vatican's observatory on the distant peak just left of center.|
|The AZT trailhead for Temporal Gulch.|
|Some old metal signs along the way.|
|Our first big grunt of the day, mostly HAB.|
|At the top of the grunt, the views really started to open up.|
|Mt. Wrightson getting closer as was another steep pitch in the road.|
|More pushing as we entered the land of trees.|
|End of the line for the dirt road.|
|Spring fed runoff.|
|So much easier without the bike, but I swear these rocks were dumped here. No rocks on either side of the trail!!|
|We never saw a Wilderness boundary sign. This was up at the saddle leading into Casa Blanca Canyon.|
|Our closest viewpoint of Mt. Wrightson.|
|Our turnaround point.|
|On the hike out. Photo by Shannon.|
|One of a dozen water crossings.|
|The Canelo Hills outside of Patagonia. Photo by Shannon.|
|Patagonia Mtns. next to town.|
This ride did, however, complete all the bike legal passages along the AZT for me. I only have a few stray miles scattered about for my tires to roll on, maybe 15 total. This now brings my AZT miles complete up to 675. Only 130 or so to hike!!