With Matt moving to the land made famous by William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, and most notably cheese steaks, a farewell ride was in order. The original idea of a trip to Flagstaff was scuttled once a fire broke out, so we decided to stay in our own backyard. So, Matt and I rode up to the top of Mt. Lemmon, loaded with gear and reinforcements would soon gather with steaks and cold beer. The summer time has officially started here in Tucson with triple digit temps, so getting to the high ground was a priority.
Loaded with sleeping bag, air mattress, cookware, lots of food, change of clothes, running shoes and tools. Later during the pedal to the top, I would be overcome by the sheer awesomeness that my setup exuded. I still need to pack less and it's better to get as much gear on the bike as possible. A 30+ pound backpack hurts on a 29 mile climb. Oh, and having gears would probably help, too!
esbit stove did a great job cooking my breakfast!
By the time we reached Prison Camp it was hot as Hades and facing the pedal home, Matt and I called an audible...take the road! The others dropped into Prison Camp while we coasted the next 6 miles to the base. Along the way down a line of cars passed us, but something about this pickup truck was off. As I drafted behind him, I could smell smoke and saw something billow from the bed. It wasn't ash coming from his BBQ but rather smoke. Jokingly, I thought to myself we'll soon see this guy down the road and sure enough we did.
There he was, pulled over with another motorist helping him extinguish the flames. Apparently, he neglected to properly put out his grill fire, wanted to save the partially burnt briquettes, or was just a complete idiot. I think he was a culmination of all of the above. Driving down Lemmon, his grill had shifted, causing his rug and bed to catch on fire. Embers from this rolling grill on wheels could have easily started a fire anywhere along the way, let alone multiple fires! This in the wake of what happened to Schultz Pass in Flagstaff leaves no margin for carelessness. Nice job, jaggoff!