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Florence Junction, Arizona
(Roadside Desert Scenes As Steve Biked Across Arizona - February 10-11, 2008)

Saguaros I arrived in Florence Junction, Arizona in the late morning on a beautiful Sunday, and I think I will always remember this beautiful area east of the Phoenix area for the rest of my life.

This was the first picture I snapped in this photo gallery. I stopped along Highway 60 to capture this view of saguaros and powerlines.

Florence Junction, AZ Without getting into all the details, I had a flat tire and unusual difficulty fixing it. Then I somehow looped the chain on my bike and was unable to undo it, leaving me unable to continue cycling east toward Superior.
Cactus I was pretty much stranded out there. So in the two hours it took for my friend in Phoenix to rescue and bring me back to Phoenix, I wandered in the beautiful desert and snapped these photos! ;)
Florence Junction, AZ A beautiful cholla.
Prickly Pear Cactus I know prickly pear cacti grow like wild and are often considered weeds by Arizona residents, but I still think they are pretty.
Florence Junction, AZ I will say, if there was ever a place to get stuck, Florence Junction, Arizona, with its mountain views and lush desert was the place to be!
Saguaro Saguaro Two saguaros.
Steve Myself posing while using the timer on my camera.
Arizona Desert If you are interested, you can read more about my biking difficulties here, and yes, I was bicycling across America at the time. :)

This adjacent photo was taken the next day after having the loop undone by a bike mechanic who the accomplished the feat in a matter of minutes. So embarrassing!

Photos and commentary were submitted by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado.


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