June 30th day 21 the last night

I’m sure I will miss the open road but for the time being I’m overly excited to reach golden saddle cyclery tomorrow. It will be weird to be done after doing almost nothing except riding a bicycle for three weeks. Today was the hottest day I’ve ever ridden through by a long shot. It was dangerously hot. If a few things went wrong no question about it I could have easily died out there in the desert today. Even though all went well today I experienced some dizziness and maybe a few slight hallucinations. I was scared a few times but ultimately made it through. I took a break late this afternoon and tried to ride again at night. It didn’t work. My legs were done. There was nothing left, the heat took all the energy I had left. I’ll get up early tomorrow and ride the remaining 138 miles.

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June 29th day 20… 110 isn’t that hot I guess

Got a late start, it’s tough having rad friends that come out to meet you. Rode through the heat nonetheless just taking a few more breaks than usual to cool off. About every 30 miles I had to stop and rest in the shade for a few minutes. Rode into the night for a few hours again stopping a few minutes after midnight. I’ll have a big day hopefully tomorrow so Tuesday will be a nice relaxed stroll into Los Angeles. As I lay down beside the road I’m able to look up and see the Milky Way along with thousands of other stars out there. I’ve been day dreaming a lot about the beach and cooler weather to get me through this hot desolate section. It’s 110 miles between Parker and twenty nine palms with nothing but tooling desert hills. I’m somewhere between the two at the moment. It’s been another good day of riding. I think at this point I’m so stoked on arriving at golden saddle cyclery that everything seems to be going well.

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June 28th day 19.. Into the desert we go

You’ve got good days and you’ve got great days and then hopefully as rarely as possible there’s a bad day. The last two days have been great days. Woke up early and crushed a 4000 foot climb, then descended into Prescott where I stopped into high gear bike shop to visit some friends. Then met some more friends Jake, Brett and Mac at the apple pan for some morning calories. I was surprised by Jack and Kathy August in Apple pan, two very kind people who let me stay with them in Prescott just before starting this ride. Then we wandered to the liquor deli for some morning brews, I’d been up since 5 so it was kinda the afternoon. Afterwards we descended into skull valley and then again stopped into another bar. It was a strange experience to say the least but by the end I think we were all friends. We will see since I plan to go back someday. Then we hopped back on the bikes and rode off into the sunset down the Yarnell hill to yet again another bar in Wickenburg. There we were met with kind service and great people. No one made fun of me for wearing spandex, ordering a blue moon and a grilled cheese. Most places would kick me out after three strikes but they didn’t. Anyways, it was a rad day with a bunch of rad people. Thanks everyone at high gear, thanks Mac for helping me with the photos, and thanks Jake and Brett for the company on today’s ride. Goodnight all

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June 27th day 18…501 miles to go

Woke up at one this morning to a calm peaceful night. Threw on my kit, put in some music and started to pedal. I was singing my heart out, having a blast down the dark road. I was crushing it, and having a great time. A few cars past, maybe 4 an hour. It was quiet. At one point I looked back into some headlights that weren’t moving over. I didn’t hear the usual sound that comes from hitting the center rumble strip as the car makes room for me. I kept looking back, nothing. There was almost no shoulder and what was there had a rumble strip and then tapered off into the sand. I waited to long and the car gave me no room, I had to at the last minute slide over, hit the rumble strip then the tapered edge and into the sand where my front wheel washes out and tumbling off the bike i went. My hands were scraped up and bloody, nothing major. I snagged my flask poured some liquor into the wounds. It stung pretty badly. Covered them up with a few band aids and off I went back into the night. I later stopped at the fire station in flagstaff where they bandages me up a bit better. Made it to flagstaff around 1 and was pleasantly surprised by seeing my childhood best friend mike on the side of the road waiting for me. I hadn’t seen him since we were probably 16 so it was super rad to reunite. Grabbed some beers food and I continued on. I was also met on the side of the rod by a good time family friend Lois which was awesome. Cruised down oak creek canyon and into Sedona. Now I’m camping between Sedona and cottonwood. I also had breakfast with a very nice Navajo man, a retired coal miner, who was tremendously interested by my adventure. He said one day he hoped he would have the opportunity to ride from tuba city to somewhere in Utah to visit family. Great day today 190 miles closer.

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