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Toronto-Phoenix started with customs insisting I take apart all of my carefully packaged bike and travel gear, right down to the last screw and energy bar. It took me most of  a 1/2 hr to unpack/repack.

Flight to Phoenix was late (just like the last time). Good thing I planned for a short day – not like the last time where I spent 5 hours pedaling in the dark.

Flying into Phoenix with the trip’s mountains in the background:

Mountains to East of Phoenix

Bike arrived and it was time to put it together:

Davinci Road bike in Phoenix

And now we’re ready to go:

Bike ready

Salt Lake on a bike path just east of Phoenix Sky Harbour Airport:

Salt Lake, Phoenix

Local flora:

Cactus in Mesa AZ

Best Western Apache Junction – My home for the night

Best Western Apache Junction

And this felt really really good after 4 hours in 30C/90F under the desert sun:

Best Western Swimming Pool

And now – thoughts turn to tomorrow’s first mountain:

Apache Junction Mountain view