My dad called me up and wanted to do a ride last Sunday. So he came over around 10am and we decided to head south towards the boarder town of Nogales. Then we'd head northeast through Patagonia and Sonoita and then back home through the town of Sahuarita.
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The pre-ride photo op. My dad recently purchased a Joe Rocket Mesh Jacket, I believe it's the Phoenix 5.0. He seems to like it. The only complaint I can observe is that the sleeves have a zipper ,near the wrist, that really needs an additional button snap to keep the zipper from riding up during use.
Since I didn't take a lot of photos of the ride I thought I'd include some pictures I took in the summer of 2010. I wanted to share them to cheer up people who are dealing with the winter doldrums. I often find myself looking at these pictures as I really like the lush farm land of the midwest. It sounds funny, but living in the Sonoran desert I often get tired of the brown landscape and wish I lived somewhere where it was vibrant green. These were taken in and around the town of Newman, Ill. It's a small farming community on the eastern side of the state. According to Wikipedia Newman had a population of around 865 people at the time I was there. Unfortunately the reason for the visit was to attend the funeral of my grandmother. I imagine she would have liked looking at these photos so I hope you enjoy them as well.
Some of my family stayed at a bed and breakfast outside of town. I felt like this was the place to go if you wanted to lose yourself and write a novel away from the interruptions of cell phones and internet. According to their facebook page it appears that the owners sold this property in March of last year. I don't know if it's still being used as a bed and breakfast.
My Aunt lives in Newman, and I captured my dad and nephew lighting off some firecrackers on her property later that day. You'll notice the puff of smoke to the right. When I was a kid we'd visit Illinois during summer vacation and it was always a treat to get our hands on firecrackers. Firecrackers used to be illegal in Arizona until recently.
Red and White stores used to be small food stores that have been taken over by larger supermarket chains.
P.S. Hi to Rita, Ryan and Sam!