Sep 05, 2010
Aug 21, 2011
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
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.