Second Day in the Mojave Desert

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Rode even further across the Mojave Desert

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Blythe to Wickenburg.  Five miles after the start of the ride, our first state line crossing!  California to Arizona.  We sprinkled a pinch of sand gathered from the Pacific beach at the Manhatten Pier at the base of the sign to placate the pixies and elves that live there.

Then a long 7 mile climb along I-10; then a brief respite followed by an 11 mile climb.  We finally left I-10 after 26 miles and started along SR (State Route) 60.  This is a 'classic' American road, absolutely straight across a desert floor followed by climbs through low hills.  Initially there were RV parks although quite why anyone would want to live / stop there is a puzzle.  The gaps between the small settlements were very large (in one case 25.9 miles).

Yesterday I joined with an American rider called Dana.  He and I ride at the same standard and at a good pace averaging >19 mph and keeping the stops short.  Today we made a decision to 'go for it' and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves pushing along in a 'pelaton' and really flying.  Penny rode with Adrienne and Dave and was comfortable at >16 mph.  A very good effort over 115 miles and in 85F heat.

So we have put in 216 miles across a desert in two days.  Penny found the desert a lot more green than she expected.  The giant cactus are very impressive.

Wickenburg is a tourist town and 'Dude Ranch Capital of the World'.  I am not sure I fully endorse that but it will do!


Chris and Penny
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Richard on

In the late 19th century, there were so many questionable mining promotions around Wickenburg, that the joke grew that whoever drank from the Hassayampa River was thenceforth unable to speak the truth. Hassayamper came to mean a teller of tall tales.

Not many people know this.

Jonathan May on

I think Richard may be calling you a liar! ;-) Thinking about it, he might be right: >19mph for that many miles - nah!

On the other hand, thinking about how far ahead of us you usually are I strongly suspect you are telling the truth. I wish I could keep up with Penny's >16mph but I know I couldn't!

Great posts - keep 'em up Dude.

Sally on

I am really enjoying reading about your adventures, and even more relieved it is not me. Looks like you are having a good time and I hope all continues to go well. I shall look forward to the next installment.

Jean Ware on

Good on you Penny, 16mph - go girl, go!!

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