Trip Summary

Day 52: 2929 miles completed, 8 states, 7 flat tires, 4 flat mattresses, 40 new friends and Bruce #1, 8 rest days

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Day 4: Out of California

Center of The World Plaza Felicity California

We started out early this morning to free up the school facility for classes and to beat the expected heat as we left California and entered Arizona. It was reported that Yuma reached 99 degrees today. The ride today was uneventful in that there were no long climbs or speedy descents. However, there were two sections, about six miles of the worst (rutted and bumpy) roads that I have ever seen, let alone biked on – more respect for the elite cyclist who ride cobblestone.

As expected the days are long and hard. I have often said that anyone could bicycle cross country, but I no longer believe that. The challenge is turning out to be both physical and mental, focused on the day’s mileage or just getting to the next sag stop. It is truly a blessing to have Bubba’s team providing nourishment, both food and encouragement, throughout the day.

Tourist highlights today were seeing the sand dunes on our way to visit the Center of the World. This is based on the book “COE the Good Dragon at the Center of the World”. We each were able to make a wish while standing at the Center of the World. I can only assume that all the riders made the same wish

While showing Sawyer, Avery, and Lexy a cactus I poked my finger on a thorn. So far that is the only injury.

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