Today we traveled from Tucson to Green Valley, AZ. It was said to be a “flat” ride, but in reality, it ended up being a continuous, but gradual climb for nearly 29 miles until we finally got to enjoy a 4 mile downhill. The route took us across a valley and finally to the top of Helmet Peak where we started down into Green Valley. It was a very desolate area with hardly any traffic or many homes. It was also a very hot 85 degrees (a new record high for this date). With the continuous uphill, it was a really hard ride since we never got a chance to coast and rest. There were only a few patches of shade to take shelter from the sun. At about the 16 mile mark, we stopped and visited the Mission San Xavier. It is a Catholic mission that was founded in 1692. Construction of the church began in 1783 and it’s the oldest intact European structure in Arizona. It is considered to be the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States. It was filled with original statuary and mural paintings. We also rode past a huge copper and gold mining operation. We made it into Green Valley and had a late lunch and a couple of pitchers of margaritas…….we needed the salt to replace what we lost in the heat. Riding the tenth of a mile from the restaurant to the hotel proved a difficult task for some. We rode just under 40 miles and gained 1,350 feet.