Day 3: Live Oaks Springs to Calexico – 63 miles
I’ve never been this cold in my life.
Riding in high winds is tough enough but mother nature decided to throw sleet, hail, and snow at us too. Exhilarating and scary. Now we’re off the mountains. Setting up camp right next to the Mexican border.
Day 4: Calexico to Yuma – 64 miles
The sun is out and 50 degrees feels warm. Did you know it’s illegal to ride on the highway? Now I do too. Parts of the road are almost too rough to ride on. Long stretches of barren desert.
Rode to the Center of the World today. Small town founded in 1986. Interesting place. Tonight we are staying in an old armory. I would rather be sleeping in a tent but there wasn’t a place to set it up outside. After dinner we we were treated to a presentation about the history of Yuma.
Day 5: Yuma to Dateland – 70 miles
Crashed about 8 miles out from Dateland. Riding along i8 and found myself laid up on the outside lane of a busy highway.
One of the other cyclists blocked traffic while another got me off the highway and onto the shoulder. Grateful for them. Few bruises, no broken bones. I got lucky. My helmet took the brunt of the impact and and split from front to back.
Wear your helmets kids. I’ll post a photo of my helmet for anyone who needs convincing.
Day 6: Dateland to Gila Bend – 52 miles
Beautiful morning in Dateland, Arizona. Should be an easy day. 52 miles from here to Gila Bend. Still nothing to look at. Mostly desert, pretty remote, but the temperature should be nice. Stopped for a bite at an old Mexican spot before riding into the KOA campground. This is home for the night.