Poolside Recovery

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Barstow Calico KOA Campground

Flag of United States  , California
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Despite being utterly physically exhausted, the extreme heat made it difficult to sleep and by 7am we couldn't take the heat of the tent anymore and had to get up. There was a slight breeze and after we rigged up the tarpaulin as extra shade, breakfast was lovely and relaxed. Our pitch is right at the edge of the site and overlooks the mountains, at the foot of which, we can see the remains of Calico - now called Calico Ghost town. It’s one of many towns abandoned after the Gold rush and apparently very interesting. We are in a dreadful physical state however and are not going to do anything other than lie still and drink copious amounts of water.

It was a brilliant call to have a day off and after a couple of litres of water and a swim our headaches wore off and the rest of the day has been very relaxing. It is SO hot however. Just walking back to the tent is totally draining. We think we’re ready for tomorrow though. The plan is to rise at 4.45am and set off just as the sun comes up so we get a couple of hours of cooler weather and some miles done. We’ve found motels at Roach, 108 miles from here, which will mean that we only have 40 or so miles to do the next day to Vegas. Here we will be enjoying the lap of luxury in a gorgeous hotel booked for us as a wedding present by the very kind Dr Fyfe! Hopefully the thought of the pool will keep us going through the tough times tomorrow. Much too hot to write more now, its 6pm and still baking. We’re going to try and go to bed really early, but the tent is currently a sauna so not sure it will be possible.

PS. Just remembered Mikey forgot to write about the encounter I had yesterday whilst he was in Walmart trying desperately to buy fuel for the cooker and I was collapsed outside guarding the bikes. I got talking to a boy and his mum because she nearly took me out with her mobility scooter (they had a lot of them for obese people to use when shopping) and they asked me where I was from as I had a "real nice accent". When I said England, the teenager asked what language we spoke there, and when I explained, the mum asked whether everyone spoke English in England and whether we could speak it when we were born or had to learn it!!??? The boy wanted to know if it was the same as American…

Miles Cycled: 0 – It was tough enough staggering to the pool
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Jojo on

Do you really mean you are cycling 108 miles tomorrow in the heat?! This does sound as if it's turning out to be the toughest part of your journey yet - just a bit worrying! Hope youboth soon get acclimatised and find things a little easier. It is quite strange to think that the majority of Americans have never been abroad so no wonder they think they are the only ones to speak 'english'

Please take the greatest care LOL Jojo

triciagick on

I remember - long ago when I was younger than you guys - I asked for a transfer on the San Francisco tramcar. The conductor loved my accent so much (traarrnsfer) that he stopped the bus and asked me to repeat it to all the passengers - I obliged in my most pukka accent!
Ellie and I have been most worried about you two!! Great to hear from you. xxxxxx

Mum and Dad on

Much better bedtime reading!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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