After a great night’s sleep in a brand new Comfort Suites Motel, we were off and riding at 7:15. Rode thru Blythe, virtually had Main Street to ourselves, to the Colorado River and the foot bridge to Arizona. Did Brian ever tell you Arizona is one of his favorittttte states? He only told Mark and I about 50 times. I hope he doesn’t keep telling us the rest of the way across Arizona.
Today was perfect for bike riding. Finally we had a tailwind. Not only a tailwind, but one so strong it pushed us up our climbs. Brian was feeling frisky today, at one point riding about a mile or so in front of Mark and I. With the help of another bicyclist, I got my gears adjusted so the problems I have been having for the past couple days seem to be corrected.
We rode a good portion of the day on I10. At one of rest stops on the interstate, a fellow named Vic stopped to talk to us about our trip. When his wife came out of the rest room she gave him an impatient look like lets go, I’m ready, what are you doing talking to those guys in funny outfits. After he unlocked the car door with the remote from where we were talking, Mark said we left ours at home.
Arrived in Salome, our stop for the night at around 2pm. The motel is very unique, probably the most interesting place we will stay on this trip. The owner drove us to the store so we could get some beer and snacks while we waited for Beth to arrive. Since we had our own kitchen, Mark cooked a pasta dinner and made a salad. We sat around the kitchen, drank two bottles of wine and just hung out. A fitting end to a great day.
Thinking about the end of this trip. Two more days of riding and weather predictions of tailwinds again today. I do miss Marcia and the kids. I quess a week of riding is about the right amount of time. Perhaps we will do leg two in 6 months instead of next year.