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It's mid-April and that means two things here in Tucson: taxes are due and it's getting warmer. We still have a way to go (hopefully!) until we reach triple digits, last year we broke 100 on May 30th and we'll only reach a high of 74 this Saturday, but it's safe to say that warmer afternoons will be the norm for the foreseeable future. The great news is that it drops about 30 degrees overnight in Tucson, so our 9am tour is still quite comfortable. But for those of you who are REAL morning people, and you really should be around here for half the year, we are introducing a sunrise tour! For you night owls, that's at about 6am.
This entire week I've been offering free sunrise bike tours in partnership with BikeFest, a month-long program organized by the Living Streets Alliance. It's allowed me to do some local community outreach and iron out the sunrise route. It's a bit shorter than the regular day tour: just 8 miles vs 11. It's a wonderful two hours up 4th Ave, across the University of Arizona, and through the historic neighborhoods of Iron Horse, El Presidio, Barrio Viejo, and Armory Park.
It's an informative ride and pretty easy for most riders, although if you work up an appetite there are tons of places nearby for breakfast afterwards.
When I had my kayak business I offered a 6am tour. I remember sometimes people were hesitant about committing to an early start, but I also remember that nobody ever regretted the early start. It really is the best time of day in the desert: quieter environment & cooler temps!