Yesterday started out nice and fairly easy. The going started getting rough after about 15 miles. My goal was to make it to Palo Verde and stay in one of the hotels you would expect to find in a town with a population 92,226. Whoops, I misread the map. That was the zip code! The population is 171. So, no hotel to be found. I tried calling one of the Adventure Cycling hosts near there, but could only leave a message. I decided to pedal on to Blythe after nearly 70 miles. I was riding in the pitch black rural night, when a motorist flagged me down. She was the cycling host and came looking for me! Yay, a place to stay that was only 4 miles away instead of 25 in Blythe. She was like one of the trail angels you meet on the Appalachian trail. Fixed me a quick dinner of eggs, bacon and toast after which I zonked out. She said she’s been providing shelter for cyclists for a few years. When she first moved here, she wondered why she kept seeing cyclists pedaling by all the time. Her location is right in the middle of some of the hardest riding and one of longest stretches with no services.
Here’s the map of yesterday’s ride. Click on it to see more detail.
Today, I slept in and left my hosts place around noon. She said I could stay as long as I liked and just to lock up when I left. I made this a short day of only around 27 miles. I made it to Blythe and will set out for Arizona tomorrow.
Here’s the map from today. Click on it for more details.
Here’s the photos from yesterday and today:
Pretty nice temp to start the ride.
An orange grove protected by some vigilant palm trees. More road.Rick, I think he said he was from Portland. Another solo traveler with way too much gear. We rode together for awhile until he left me in his wake. He gave me some good advice on stocking up on water and I stopped at a dune buggy rally place and picked up a gallon jug. Later on, I caught up with him at a convenience store where he was waiting to see if I made it up the hills. Everyone is SO friendly on the road.
Here was my lunch. A 5 dollar dried up sandwich, pepsi and mayo.This is the Chocolate Mtn. Naval Reservation Aerial Gunnery Range. Didn’t hear any explosions but a lot of cyclists have. I did see a couple jets and those odd vertical lift off planes.
I thought these were dwarf palms or pineapples, but a local told me they were date palms.A tiny town with a great taco stand.I forgot to take a pic of the taco stand but it’s there with the green awning.Freshly plowed, perfectly straight rows.Some that have already been planted and had irrigation started.A little pink house with a loaded orange tree beside it.
No weather pic because there’s no AT&T service. Its 8:30 pm now and the temp is 78º
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