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... passed a closed section of Route 66 on I-40, with part of the road undermined and falling away. I doubt it will be repaired, another part of this famous road that will fall into disuse, taken over by the desert. The Mojave was very hot. It was nudging 120F. At least where Route 66 was closed, we could speed up a bit, which helped. Across the desert we could see dust devils, and Joshua trees (might ring a bell for lovers of U2).
We stopped for ...
... derricks, we encountered a thick dust storm blown up by the strong winds. It was so dry and uncomfortable Ana managed a bloody nose. The sun set in the haze. We passed the city of Bakersfield and continued east out of the valley, over a few mountains, and into the Mojave Desert. This is the hottest place in America by far, but tonight wasn't too bad. It was a tough drove but we soon made it to some Carl's Jr. Burgers and a couple Motel 6 beds in Barstow on old Route ...
... in order to keep the chain going around the curve, some of the mules were trained to leap the chain and pull at an angle away from the curve. These mules would step along sideways until the corner had been turned and then get back in line. Very smart! Being replaced by a railroad, they were only used for 5 years but they have a big place in the history of the West.
We left there thinking it ...
... and the temperatures had dropped remarkedly lower than when we rode through the desert 9 weeks ago.
The ride was great and we decided to stop and have breakfast at the Juicy River cafe. However, that's when the fun stopped.
A texting , early 20's female who was speeding T boned Sean as he was coming into the car park, on the indie lane. I saw it and flew off the Trike. Fortunately, he was not injured apart from some ...
... Long and we spoke to him. What an amazing character he is! We decided to drink a bottle of warm Corona so that we could present him with a bottle to be used in the ranch somewhere! Sorry ... but it had to be done.
We had a good night at the Country Inn and Suites. I'm sure we missed loads but it's impossible to see everything. The best is just driving the road ... it has to be done.
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