Temperature 54 when left this morning. By noon is was 85. Blue sky and sunny. Wind was welcome as a cooling breeze. Total miles today – 46.5. We spent the night at B-10 RV park which was next to the interstate. So instead of hearing owls we heard cars racing by. I tried to ignore them but…. Needless to say we are all tired tonight.
The ride today was beautiful. There were hills to climb and flats to pedal through. We were on interstate 10 for the first 12 miles and then exited onto Hwy 60. While on interstate 10 we crossed over the Colorado River and entered our second state, Arizona. Once on 60 we passed through the small town of Brenda and then 15 miles later the town of Hope. Hope what a special word-for all the people I am riding for I made a big wish in the small town of Hope that you will never lose HOPE. I also bought a big bottle of water, since the service stations are far and few between. It is so easy to get dehydrated here.
The yellow, purple, white and occasionally orange wild flowers along I-10 were breath taking. As I rode I told my sister, Nancy, that these flowers were for her. Hillsides were dotted with cacti and other plants.
We stayed on Hwy 60 the rest of today. Our campsite was in Salome. The town of Salome became famous when Dick Wick Hall opened a gas station and called it the Laughing Gas Station. His humorous signs attracted people to stop. His humorous writings were reprinted in the Saturday Evening Post. Due to this Salome, once a dot on the map became the best known small town in America. Also in Salome there is a memorial to the people that were killed on 9-11. They have a small piece of the World Trade Center in front of the memorial. Our campsite was at Centennial Park. To get to the campsite we rode on Salome Rd. My sister Nancy collected frogs for as long as I can remember so while riding I saw the sign “Frog Crossing” and I had to stop and take a picture. Then I noticed the high school and its sign read “Home of the Frogs”. I knew my sister was with me. The campsite setting was beautiful. Once again no wifi. We saw the sunset while we were eating dinner and then the almost full moon rise. How lucky I am to be a part of this. Days are hot, but it cools off in the evening. Once again I am typing while I am in my sleeping bag. Guess it is time to say goodnight. Looking forward to another great day tomorrow. How quickly the time and miles are passing. Total miles: 319