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W.O.R.D. — first impressions of America

Posted by Ash on Sunday August 5 2012

AMERICA, the land of the free… and big utes, big meals, big people and some epic riding (eventually)!

For those of you that haven’t kept up to date, we’re a group of two guys and a girl from Wellington on a moutain biking adventure in the Southwest of America. We’re a bit slow off the mark, and have spent the first week getting sorted and hanging out with Ash’s folks in Arizona. Park permits have been requested, picked up the Ranger’s new bike that’s been built up by the awesome guys at Slippery Pig, bought Hamish’s new bike and done some mad bulk food buying. (A litre of peanut butter for $4….brilliant!)

40 degrees never looked so good.

Other days have been spent checking out American shops and spending way too much money. We have had our little New Zealand minds blown at the size of all the shops and just how cheap it is here. We did enter our first race, a one hour checkpoint running race in the blistering 40 degree Arizona sunshine that ended with $4000 in spot prizes being given away. Free to enter and a free beer at the end….bring it to New Zealand!

Swimming pools, our new best friend.

And no trip to Phoenix would be complete without a ‘hike’ (that’s what they say over here) up Camelback mountian (okay, think Mt. KauKau). With temperatures nearing 42 in the middle of the day, we opted for a 5am start (a breezy 35 degrees in the shade).

On top of the world, kind of.

Saving the best for last, Ash got to play girl for a day and hang out with her ‘mom’ getting perfect skin and nails for mountain biking.  It was ‘bring a tourist to work day’ for Vince (Ash’s dad), so Hamish and Steve got to go to the Phoenix Police gun range and shoot guns (how manly).

WORD law enforcement.

 We’re being sent out in style with a family pool party, whoop whoop.

The wonderful Phoenix Family. Yep, Ash has good genes.

Next stop– Sedona for the first bit of riding with our good friends at Over the Edge Sports.
This is going to be good…WORD.
-Ash, the Ranger, and Hamish

Image Gallery (6 Photos)

  1. 40 degrees never looked so good.
  2. WORD law enforcement
  3. On top of the world, kind of.
  4. Swimming pools, our new best friend
  5. The wonderful Phoenix Family. Yep, Ash has good genes
  6. On top of the world, kind of.
  • Susan and Ian

    OMG! I’m sooooo jealous!! Shopping, manicures, AND assault rifles. I’ve been googling to find a Marin County gun range that will let dumb-arse kiwis (that’s Ian and me, not Ranger Steve and Hamish)
    shoot guns. Sadly our Firearms licences lapsed about 20 years ago.

    Have a fab time in Sedona, watch out for the vortexs.

    PS Awesome day up Makara Peak today. Pretty slick cos of lots of rain a couple of days ago, but warm and the harbour was glass. Got a photo under the Mt Tamelpais sign to go with the one we’ll take AT Mt Tamelpais. :-)