2009 was my first visit to Phoenix, AZ with a bike. My wifes family has a house that's, fortunately, only a 10 minute bike ride to South Mountain park. It's like being at a ski in/ski out condo right on the mountain. 2 years ago I said, "I'll be back. Next time, though, I think I'll have to nab the car for a day to check out some other riding areas around Phoenix."
Needless to say when Christmas rolled around this year and there was talk of an AZ road trip, I said "Sign me up!"