Monday, September 6, 2010
Boarder patrol, Highway patrol, and a Thirsty Belgian
Day 3 - September 6th Brawley, CA to Blythe, CA 88 miles (total 202)
Amy got to Brawley around 1:30 am pt. She was exhausted from a long day of travel - but, boy was it good to see her! She was my angel for the day! After a good (okay so it wasn't really very good - sleep has not been good so far) nights sleep, we got up and out pretty early this morning. I was on the road by 7am in the attempt to beat the heat - unfortunately, that didn't pan out! The heat was up and the road was long! Lee Segrest asked me before I left "do you know what's out there?" - and Lee you were right - NOTHING! Amy carried the bags and water so it was just me and the bike - I wish I could say it was easier, but I just can't say that. Don't get me wrong the way was LIGHTER but not EASIER! Once you left the thriving metropolis of Brawley the only thing out there is narrow roads and lots of sand. We drove through miles of what one might consider beautiful mounds of sand - the Imperial Dunes. For me it was just hot! Amy did refuse to turn on the air conditioner in the car "out of principle" and rode with the windows down and the sunroof open! What a trooper! After 27 miles we did roll through another town - yes, I did say after 27 miles! Glamis is a haven for off roaders who enjoy the above mentioned sand dunes - no one was out though, perhaps it is still too early....I bought a Gatorade. This was just one of the 6 32 ounce bottles I drank today (not to mention the 5 bottles of water I also had). Once out of Glamis - more narrow roads! Amy had a difficult time finding spots to pull over and we had a few harrowing moments with passing cars. We did have a few moments of levity - meeting the California Boarder Patrol (who kindly offered cold water and an air conditioned seat - both we declined but were happy for the offer none the less), a friendly California Highway Patrolman (who stopped to talk for 20 minutes - picture to follow) and finally the thirsty Belgian! Achelle Plove left from St. "Louie" August 14 and was headed to San Diego. He was attempting to make it from whence we came - Brawley, but was regretting his decision due to the hot roads and warm water he was carrying. Amazing the people you meet on a trip like this - Sure hope Achelle is well tonight!!
After a brief stop in Palo Verde for a hot dog at THE gas station (not the greatest of lunch options, but it hit the spot and provided just enough to make it through), I completed my ride for the day when we got to Blythe. Only 88 miles in 102 degree weather - a temperature I dispute since my bike computer read 117 which felt much more the case to me!!
Blythe is an interesting little town - lots of hotel and food options! Amy and I took a dip in the lukewarm pool (surprisingly refreshing) and had a great authentic Mexican dinner! We also went to the laundry mat - something I haven't done since college - to wash some clothes.
Now, we pause to consider tomorrow - something that does not excite me. But, I must say after reading blog posts from family, friends and even strangers - I am inspired to press on! Cristina Boudah, you got me! Thanks for giving me encouragement (and perspective).
Pray for a tailwind and cooler weather, check that, just pray for Cristina, I'll be fine,
Lincoln (& Amy)