Green deserts, headwinds and a dead donkey
4/1/2005 11:05:17 AM
Friday, April 1
(Blog via phone)
Eric phoned this morning because he has not had access to e-mail the last few days and wanted to make sure that we all knew he was alive and well. He is currently in Wickenberg, Arizona after biking 62 miles in a headwind. He said what would normally take them 4 hours took them 10! They are now 10% of the way into the trip, and there have been some flat tires but everyone is doing fine so far. Yesterday (Thursday) it was 60 degrees and not a cloud in the sky, and today (Friday) is forcasted to be 80 degrees. For the last few days they have been biking through the desert, which he says is very green and beautiful because of all the rain they have gotten. He has seen coyotes, alive and dead, and a dead donkey/mule beside the road. No sightings of any armadillos or road runners as yet, but maybe that’s a sight yet to come when they arrive in Texas. They haven’t seen any little towns or stores, etc. in days, only RV camps along the way. He did say that he has noticed that when you are biking across country instead of riding in a car, when you do come across a billboard along the way you have plenty of time to read every single word on it! Likewise, the same mountain stays with you for a long, long time.
The next adventure along the way is a mountain pass where it is reported to be covered with snow and ice!
Stay tuned for the further adventures of BIKING MAN!!!
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