The drive up Catalina Highway to Ski Valley

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Cyclists going up the mountain

It is Sunday and we are headed up mount Lemmon base from where the trail head to our hike to the Look-out begins. All along the Catalina Highway there is activity; the cyclists have an event - they are cycling up the Catalina highway to a designated stop point. I'm not sure if this is a competition or if it is just a friendly ride. As we drove by we saw many of the cyclists who had started as early as 7:00 am, working hard to beat the altitude and the rising sun, while others were already  coming down hill. The weather was absolutely beautiful, with the sun beaming beyond the mountains . . . the clouds continued to form as if rain would fall, but the wind moved it well beyond the horizon.

Previously I drove up the Catalina highway but only as far as 6000 feet in climb. Bill was the designated driver on this trip, Matt and I enjoyed the ride as Bill employed his many years of driving experience. The road is winding with pull outs at the many turns for safety as well as viewing purposes. The viewing pull-outs provide a great opportunity to see a vast part of the Coronado national park, the Catalina mountains and great vegetation . . .

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Cyclists going up the mountain
Cyclists going up the mountain
The cyclists going up the mountain
The cyclists going up the mountain
Pine trees line up the catalina hi…
Pine trees line up the catalina h…
Picnic benches on the road side
Picnic benches on the road side
Bills car plate
Bill's car plate
The Ski valley parkeing lot
The Ski valley parkeing lot
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