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Hank – We planned to wake up at 6:00 and be on the road two hours later, but that didn’t happen. Between the cold and the traffic noise neither one of us slept well. So at 6:01 we went back to sleep for a little over an hour. 

The forecast had called for a low of 40 but the ice on the bikes and picnic table testified otherwise. We put the tent away wet knowing we’d get to dry it out when we set up camp at the end of the day. Bev has a book for cyclists to leave notes in. The first one was dated in 2006 so she’s been good to bike tourer for a very long time. We left a very complimentary and appreciative note inside.

After a light breakfast we left town. Today’s route again followed US Hwy 60. About 10 miles out of town we ran into Matt and Dorothy McCall of Virginia. They’ve toured many, many miles and were on their way towards completing the Adventure Cycling Association’s Southern Tier route again. Matt has been touring for 45 years. He rode through Spokane during Expo 74, which took place right after I graduated high school. We chatted for a bit and went on our respective ways.

We stopped in Aguila to eat at the Coyote Cafe. When we were about done with our meal, another couple rode up. They were headed in the same direction as us. So we met Ronald and Innika (sp) who hail from the Netherlands. They have children and grandchildren in El Paso and they combine bike tours with their visits. They told us of a campground between Wenden and Salome, which was very helpful because we had no idea where we were staying tonight. Now we knew.

The remainder of the day passed easily enough. Traffic was light most of the day. At 5:00 pm we arrived at Centennial Park, which is a county park. Our campsite only cost eight bucks. And we get showers, too. We both also washed clothes in the shower. When we finished Ronald and Innika arrived to clean up and do their laundry too.

After a meal we had two hours to relax before bed time. So I’m relaxing while I listen to an owl hooting in the distance.

Kathy – Since I only had about three hours of sleep and Hank didn’t sleep well either, Hank suggested we might do a short 30 mile day but I quickly dismissed that notion after a nice big cup of caffeinated tea.

So today’s ride started out chilly, but the sun warmed us up into the mid 60’s by the afternoon. We had mountains all around us most of our ride. No matter which way you looked you could see mountains. Some had snow in them where others didn’t. It was an absolutely beautiful day to ride.

We climbed constantly the first 11 miles with the remaining miles a mix of flat and/or slightly uphill or downhill. Total elevation was just shy of 1,000 feet of climbing. No winds this morning but by the afternoon we had sidewinds and a small headwind.

Even though it was a gorgeous day, today was just not a good riding day for me. I was dragging. I had Hank check to see if my breaks were rubbing and if my tires were soft because these things would slow you down. Nope, the bike is good. Maybe it was a combination of me being tired with lack of sleep, the bumpy road surface and the side/head winds. Maybe not taking a break until 27 miles in to it and forgetting to drink in the warm desert (only drank 1/2 water bottle in 27 miles) may have contributed to my slowness today. Maybe I was just being whiny and lazy today (that’s probably it) Regardless, I just felt like such a slug today. Couldn’t get moving fast enough even though I felt like I was giving it my all.

Hopefully we will both sleep well tonight, take adequate rest breaks tomorrow and keep on top of the fluids to make it a much better day. Happy to get the tent up, shower, fix dinner and finally relax in our tent for the night.

We met some great cyclists today. I’m obviously not as fast as many of these folks. This is my first cycling tour so trying not to compare myself with all these super fit and fast folks out here. Hoping to rest well and have a wonderful ride tomorrow.

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Wickenberg, Arizona

Hank – Michael and Eileen rode with us to US Hwy 60 where we said our goodbyes. We had a great time visiting with them.

The day was cool. The sun was out. The shoulder was wide enough the entire route. We had a nice 35-mile ride today. The elevation gain was gradual the entire route so we hardly noticed we climbed 1,700 feet today.

We checked into the Aztec RV Campground around 2:30 pm. I had called yesterday and they said getting a tent site would not be a problem so no need for reservations. But she did get my name. It turns out that Bev and Jim, proprietors of said campground, have a soft spot for cyclists. Practically the only patch of grass in town is right next to Bev’s office. As a treat for cyclists she provides a nice bath towel for the shower. She also gave us some oranges. What a sweetheart.

We set up camp and walked a half mile into town. The western theme is strong with this town right down to the cowboy hats on the street lights and stage coaches on the street signs. We went to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum where we got to learn about the history of Wickenburg and saw tons of Western and Native American art.

We also stopped by the Jail Tree where people were chained to the tree since there was no jail. Fun times in Wickenburg.

After dinner we went back to camp to shower and rest up for tomorrow’s 50-mile ride.

Kathy – We are rested up and back on the bikes. I left my Arizona packet of flower seeds with Eileen. She will plant them in her yard area, so that is state 35 done. Today we rode 35 miles in Arizona, our 35th state! It was fun to ride with Eileen and Michael the first five miles. Eileen knew the best route out of town with minimal traffic so she lead us. Unfortunately, it came to a point where we had to say our goodbyes and ride onward. We are so thankful for all of Michael and Eileen amazing hospitality. We really had a great time hanging out with them the past two days. Thank you so much for everything!!! Hope to see them once we get home to Spokane this summer and before they leave to head south for the winter again.

Our ride today started out a little chilly in the mid 40’s. It was beautiful clear blue skies and it eventually warmed up to the low 60’s. We had an easy gradual climb all day, and nice wide shoulder with polite drivers. We had desert and mountains surround us all day. Truly spectacular. I love looking at the mountains again, I have missed them over the last few months of riding. It’s pretty cool to see the southwest mountains with all the cacti in the landscapes as well. It was a cool day with minimal winds which made for a very pleasant ride. Thankful our first day back on the bikes was a pretty sweet one.

Meeting Bev at our campsite was a real joy. She goes out of her way to make guest feel comfortable. Since we are now riding on the Adventure Cyclists Southern Tier route she is used to seeing cyclists and knows their every need…and takes care of them all. Very thankful for Bev. She is an example of all the good in this world, and what we really love about traveling around the U.S. Thank you Bev for the wonderful welcome, town brochures, suggestions for places to eat and visit, clean towels, electrical outlet, soft ground for camping and yummy fresh oranges. We are grateful for everything!

Taking time to see the local town sites and the museum in Wickenberg, Arizona was enjoyable. This is really a great little place. Extremely friendly people (like Bev) and lots of history to read about and see here. It’s been a good day of riding and a good afternoon of sightseeing.

A couple of notes… 

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