Reflecting On Desert City Cycling


Reflecting On Desert City Cycling


Most folks have skedaddled from the desperate desert heat up north with the hawks and shorebirds and warblers to their summer nests. Those who remain get their fans out for the waves. In these parts the only waves coming in early summer are heat waves, over and over.


A few more spins around the desert will keep the desert memories alive during a summer northern squall. Leave early enough in the day and the Mourning Doves will still be cooing to your efforts from the sidelines. Sporting a red hat will not only cut out the menacing sun but the Costa’s Hummingbirds who are not preening in the foliage will check you out intimately as you grind your way up the Desert Willow path. Shiny black bees are polished plastic against the delicate, pink willow blossoms, their fragrance luring you to hang out. Experience has taught that the desert heat will soon be unforgiving. Slog on with your trusty two-wheeled steed; the unknown beckons exploration and the only way to get there is to crank the foot pedals.  Past palm-lined boulevards, bougainvillea-strewn walkways and sticky-to-you cacti, which grace the landscape up to the granite mountain, riddled with cougar dens peeking below. A feisty Northern Mockingbird gives chase to a crow, David and Goliath battle it out in the cloudless sky. Reflections in an arid, desiccated climate? – lakes and streams are absent but mirroring is available on most streets. With all of this cooing and humming and buzzing and pondering your rhythm picks up.


Take a break to learn some rose growing tips from the Mexican gardener who shares the varietal name but not the secret fertilizer formula for year-round floribunda even in the desperate mid-summer heat that is about to grasp the throat of the desert. He blesses your transport mode with a long stem and, with a nod adieu!, it is back to self-propulsion again.


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