It was a tough day. Lots of vertical, a headwind, and a plague of locusts. Ben and Brad got in at 12:30 AM central. It sure would have been great if they had gotten here earlier. We left Safford Az. about 6:15 AM. The temperature started at 55 again but soon zoomed to 100. It actually was a very scenic ride, low traffic, and several interesting highlights. Over the eighty miles, there was exactly one, stop off, and that was in Duncan, Az.
Something out here has caused a hatch of locusts. Locusts are everywhere, millions and millions of locusts. They are not being very nice to each other either. Apparently there's nothing to eat and they are eating each other. On the other hand I saw three dead vultures today. It's got to be pretty bleak out there for a vulture to die. Apparently vultures don't eat locusts.
Brad and Ben did a great job today. We're holed up in a hotel in Lordsburg watching college football having a great time. Except that I have to ride again tomorrow while they take pictures of locusts.
Tomorrow, I climb all day start to finish. From here I have to climb 2000 ft. To Silver City, N.M., then I have to go to 8228 ft. At Emory pass. Then we'll head back to Silver City for the rest of the day. Tomorrow is the highest point of the Southern Tier route.
I tried something new this morning. I listened to my iPod. As a purist I don't normally condone this activity, because I want to be able to hear traffic. After the incident in the tunnel I'm not sure I really want to hear it, if I'm fixing to get plastered. The upside was I had some great worship time with Chris Tomlin singing at the cows on the side of the road. The downside was, singing while riding uphill is extremely taxing to one's respiratory system. The cows didn't seem to enjoy it either.
An early start in Safford, Az.
Yes, he is.
If the vultures are dying, what about us?
Suddenly, out of nowhere a cowboy. Could it be Jason Brooks?
I wish the roads were straighter
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Two states down.
Apparently shooting your state sign is berry classy.
Finally, a taste of home.
I wonder if they need a worship minister?