Ted White

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Alkali Flat Trail @ White Sands National Monument

The signs at the Alkali Flat trailhead loudly blare dire warnings of death by dehydration. Bring a gallon of water. Don't wander off the trail. Make …

Hiking

Desert to Tucson:

Clouds in the east spare me one of those early Arizona mornings where the sun turns the tent into a solar oven and rudely forces me out to pack...

Hiking

Phoenix to the desert:

Epliogue: Operation Rescue Motorcycle

Today's goal: rescue the motorcycle from the woman who thinks I'm a spy for the mafia...

Spying

Apache Junction to North Phoenix: last ride

I ride along the Salt River for a few miles. It has some -- but not much -- water in it, part river part wash at this time of year I guess. All day …

Hiking

Willow Road to Apache Junction: one wrong turn makes for a very long day

The road I'm on quickly deteriorates into white-knuckle descents into washes followed by hauling the bike up grades frequently too steep to ride. It …

Hiking

San Pedro River to Willow Road: Javelinas and chilaquiles

I'm curious about how they work out the maintainence responsibilities between the counties since Pima County workers would have to drive long …

Dollar General

Cochise Stronghold to Willcox: a taste of New Orleans

I shoot the breeze with the proprietor on the tables he has set up on the sidewalk. It turns out we have a mutual acquaintance: Paul Proudhomme. He …

New Orleans

Huachuca to Tombstone: a German Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving... I've got that lonely feeling that sometimes comes with bicycle travel, when I'm in a shitty situation like fixing flats by …

Hiking

Parker Canyon Lake to Huachuca: the dreaded double flat

Pretty much a miserable spot, but such is the life of unplanned bicycle travel, some times it doesn't work out all that well. I leave the flats for …

Hiking

San Rafael Ranch to Parker Canyon Lake: a day at the zoo

A skunk walks right by me and climbs the embankment onto the road. I get stuck behind him for about 10 minutes while he ambles along, not a care in …

Nogales to San Rafael Ranch:

Like yesterday's Ruby Road, this one is good. Scenic, no people, lots of climbing, plenty of animals. Well, almost no people. I get passed a few …

Arivaca Lake to Nogales: Ruby Road

This area is beautiful. Golden grasslands, towering dark mountains, lush washes full of bright yellow cottonwoods, mule deer wandering through it …

Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge to Arivaca Lake: 4 deuces

It definitely feels like I've left the Sonoran Desert. I guess this area would be Sonoran Grassland. The road dips into a caynon with a wash, here …

Tucson Mountain Park to Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge:

Late in the day I come across one of these ICE checkpoints well within the interior, maybe 50 miles from the border. I don't know how these things …

Sort-of day off: of motorcycles, bunny-boilers, and the New Testament

Then she asked if I had been sent by the mafia to spy on her. What? Are you kidding me? Okay that's confirmation that she's bonkers. I told her to …

Near Casa Grande to West Silverbell Road: rough morning

I pull off the tire, patch a hole, pump it back up and remount it. I go about packing up the rest of my gear, then look over to see the front tire …

Gila Bend to near Casa Grande: get me off these highways!

I get to talking with a Native American dude about snakes. I show him a picture of the sidewinder rattlesnake I almost stepped on. He pulls out his …

Old US 80 to Gila Bend: clean up

My motel is run by an Indian guy (it still surprises me how many Indians have come over to buy motels in the desert), and it's got some issues. The …

Vulture Mine Road to Old US 80: minimal dirt today

Several times on this road I hear the sound of automatic weapons being fired. I just hope they're smart enough to be pointing those things in the …

Cycling Alamo Lake Day 4: Wickenburg Road to Vulture Mine Road

At route 93 I get out the pump to reflate the tires for the pavement. On the first stroke I hear sand rasping in the plunger. I take it apart, rince …

Cycling Alamo Lake Day 3: around the lake to Wickenburg Road

The grades are viciously steep and rocky to get down off these hills. I have one foot down and both hands on the brakes to try and control the …

Cycling Alamo Lake Day 2: arrival part 2

I let it run, figuring that at least on this road if I fall and hurt myself someone will eventually be along to pick me up. I was more careful this …

Cycling Alamo Lake Day 1: to Arizona Peace Trail part 2

I can tell from this rocky, sandy, eroded trail that dives down off of the plateau that I'm in for a challenge. I'm not wrong. I can only manage …

Cycling Alamo Lake Day 1: to Arizona Peace Trail

So the plan for the day is to start making my way towards Alamo Lake. I've pieced together a rough itinerary of paved and unpaved roads, then trails …

Blythe to near Parker: chores, ride, more chores

I'm off to Walmart where I buy: 2 gallons of water, 2 bell peppers, an onion, a pack of dried salami, a brick of cheddar cheese, 2 garlic bunches, a …

Cycling the Bradshaw Trail day 3: to Blythe

And then a massive meal at the Sizzlers across the street (or, as they say in Boston, the Sizzlahs). They have an all-you-can-eat salad/soup/dessert …

Cycling the Bradshaw Trail: Day 2, to Chuckwalla Well

In the early afternoon I run into two guys on dirt bikes heading in the other direction. One of them stops to ask if I'm okay. Sure, I say, heading …

Cycling the Bradshaw Trail: Day 1, Bradshaw Road

I go to bed with 5 liters left for tomorrow. If the trail continues to be this hard I could be in deep shit. At 70 miles end to end, it would take me …

Salton Sea: Day off (sort of)

The Salton Sea was created by mistake, in 1905, when flood waters overwhelmed a dike and gate system being built to provide irrigation water for the …