Pre- Halloween ride


Sunday, October 30, 2011

The day started out with a nice breakfast with some sweet, wonderful people. While we were at the restaurant, I snapped a few photos of some carved and decorated pumpkins:

I like how they turned the pumpkin on its side and used the "handle" for the nose!

Very cute!

Halloween is my favorite holiday because it’s in October, my favorite month, for one thing, and also because it’s not all commercialized and hyped-up like Thanksgiving, and the super-commercialized, always overblown kid favorite, Christmas.

After breakfast, Hal and I rode to a few destinations for the riding contest we are doing with our club. It goes until next May, and we picked up three destinations today. The object of the contest is to have fun, and to discover new places in Arizona. The first two places we knew about:

Peeples Valley

Hal at Kirkland Junction

But the third destination, Hillside, we didn’t even know where it was until I figured out somehow that it was close to the first two. We looked at a map and found its exact location.

I chose this store because it's the best color!

Another shot of the store:

Hal peering in the windows

The whole town was quiet, but it looked like everyone was inside their homes watching football, which is sometimes what I want to be doing. But, it was the Packers’ “bye week” this week, so there was nothing for me to watch today anyway.

Going to Hillside led to the discovery of a great road. It was 96 toward Bagdad, with lots of curves and many elevation changes. Some places were narrow and had no guard rails. I thought that if someone went over the side there, no one would find them for a l-o-n-g time. A skeleton would be all that would be left by the time they were found.

We turned at Arizona 97 which would deliver us to 93, which we would take back to Wickenburg. Originally, we had planned to go to Prescott today, but as usual, the day was going by too fast and we ran out of time.

It was a great day of riding, 315 miles to the good, and I had a wonderful time. Tomorrow is Halloween, and I am really looking forward to it!

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