wow, a scorcher in the outback, but i had fun. swilled a couple of quarts of water. moderate amount of other riders was also oot and aboot. pleasant onshore breeze along the beach.
IMHO, riding the Devil's Highway (191) and going through Salt River Canyon (77) are, far and away, the best rides Arizona has to offer. 100+ miles of super tight twisties in the middle of nowhere (hwy 191) is more grueling that most might imagine. Doing so in the summer heat should earn you an Iron Butt award. I prefer the April/May and September/October timeframes for that ride, but I usually have to use the electric jacket liner when I'm at altitude. Glad you experienced the best of what AZ has to offer.Last month I did 620 miles out up 191 through Morenci into Show Low and back through Globe to home and it was 95-114° the entire way.
In 2011 I did a 10 day, 6,000+ mile ride from the Toronto area to Ohio, then off to Colorado, Four Corners, south side of Grand Canyon, Sedona, Death Valley, north side of Grand Canyon including Bryce, then up to Utah. I got get-home-itis and headed home doing 3,200 km or about 2,000 miles in 2.5 days. Much of it was in temperatures around 100 with the hottest being Death Valley at 126f.a simple day ride that takes you to the coast is hardly worth griping about.
Tell me about your mega hundred mile 100+ degree day!
America is in a heat wave. go for a ride of epic value and report back.