It was FINALLY getting sunny here, altho' the wind was UP, the temps were DOWN, the FORKSKINs were ON, the stator exchanged and shims 'done'.... TIME to ride, so I suited-up, TOURMASTER heated jacket liner ON at 3 (of 5), headed E towards the Florence-Kelvin Hwy, ultimately to the Coolidge Dam, temps be damned - 44F here, the Dam much higher in elevation...!
That's SNOW on "them thar hills"..., and that's where I'm headed...!
After the F-K Hwy I turned S onto AZ 177 to Winkleman
then E on AZ 77 towards Globe.
As I climbed I was very thankful that my heated liner was working as the temps were headed down, windspeed UP, so VERY chilly. Turned S onto AZ 70 to the turn-off for the Coolidge Dam at San Carlos (Apache Reservation), then headed W, snow-covered peaks off to my left just past San Carlos Lake, the impoundment for the Dam....
which now became visible ahead.
The dam area is quite pretty in a "1920s" way.
I continued SE to get a better view of those snowy peaks, the sun working its way down
then reversed course, back to the dam
where I got these "shots" before continuing back
Back on AZ 70 towards Globe I was passed by a fellow on a 'cruiser' NOT wearing a helmet, obviously COLD, his head snuggled into his collar, but I was comfy in my Bell full-face, Kilimanjaro jacket, TOURMASTER SYNERGY liner STILL set at 3, despite the blustery wind, and VERY chilly temps.
I was not able to take any pics for the remainder of the ride due to the VERY cold temperature, w/ 'rush-hour' vehicles filling ALL lanes. On AZ 60 between Globe and Superior I saw something I've NEVER seen in this part of Arizona before....
Where the water had spilled down the rock-faces either side of the road, it'd turned to ICE, icicles hanging down - so the temperatures HAD to be BELOW 32F. MY thoughts went to..."What if there's water (ICE!) on the road, especially thru the tunnel just up form Superior?", something I'd not ever thought of before.
Luckily there was none that I saw (or experienced), arriving home chilly around the edges, after about 5 hours and 216 miles....
GOOD ride, but I'm GLAD that the cold-spell is ending, 70F today here.