California to Florida – Days 9 & 10

Well, AT&T pretty much sucks in this here part of the country. I’m having to save up my photos until I make it to hotels with good internet service.

Yesterday, I rode from Blythe, CA to Brenda, AZ. I got to Brenda too late to check in at the RV park/motel. They close the front desk at 3 pm! I tracked down the manager in the RV park and she said, sorry, you’re out of luck. So, I rode back a little bit to eat supper at a little diner and ran into a bunch of snowbirds. They were all friendly and I met another Lee, who advised me to just camp in the desert. He said it was a safe area and was free. I rode out a ways into the desert and set up camp and it was peaceful and quite a starry night. Here’s the map for yesterday and you can click on it for details:

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And here’s the map for today.

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Starting out yesterday from Blythe was nice.




Rough roads leaving California.IMG_1879 IMG_1881

Crossing the Colorado River into ArizonaIMG_1882 The ColoradoIMG_1887Getting ready to ride on I-10
IMG_1890Into Arizona
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IMG_1899 IMG_1901 IMG_1903 IMG_1907 IMG_1908 IMG_1910 IMG_1912 IMG_1915 IMG_1921 IMG_1925 Here’s a yacht club in the middle of the desert.IMG_1927


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Entering Brenda, AZIMG_1947Tamara from Colorado. A snowbird I stopped to ask about the motel that ended up being closed. All the birds travel around on 4 wheelers to and from their RVs.
IMG_1948 Here’s Lee and Ann from Boise. They advised me to rough it and camp in the desert. Good idea.IMG_1949 Some more snowbirds. All friendly.IMG_1950


And here looks like as good a spot as any to set up camp.IMG_1954 IMG_1955 Got everything set up just in time to watch the last of the setting sun.IMG_1957


Pictures from today:

Heyoka saying goodbye to his cactus friend.

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IMG_1963 Phat Jack’s Restaurant. Ate a breakfast burrito with the snowbirds.IMG_1964IMG_1965 IMG_1966 IMG_1967 Close encounter?IMG_1968 Arizona’s canal projectIMG_1969 IMG_1971 IMG_1972They could spend some of that canal money on the roads. IMG_1973 IMG_1974 IMG_1975 IMG_1976 IMG_1977 IMG_1978 IMG_1979 IMG_1984 Entering Hope, AZIMG_1980Abandoning Hope (and grammar)IMG_1981

Heyoka with his new friend Rusty.
IMG_1985At last, Salome.

Had a beer and fish dinner here. Good food.IMG_1992 Staying here at Sheffler’s motel. Nice place right out of Rt. 66IMG_1993The Adventure Cycling group beat me here. I was lucky to get a room.




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California to Florida – Days 9 & 10 — 4 Comments

  1. Lee,I would been afraid Mr Rattlesnake was lonely and wanted a sleeping buddy under the cactus,be careful and I’m with you on my laptop.

  2. so there’s at least 2 crazy Lee’s! I agree with Calvin, I’d been terrified about that! did you put Heyoka in the tent with you? did heyoka enjoy the horsey on his back? heyoka needs to set up his own facebook page and add his new friends, cactus, rusty, phat jack, and rest of dogs from SD dog park and more to come along the journey.
    hey you should’ve mounted a go pro camera on heyoka! oh, what’s the name of the mouse riding with ya? (don’t look like mickey). safe travels!

  3. Yeah, I had to kill three rattlesnakes just to have enough for dinner! And I thought the shadow looked more like an alien, but I guess it looked like a mouse too.

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