Puncture Count Mounts on Route 66

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

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Seligman KOA Kampground

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Monday, June 27, 2011

Two punctures before 7am made us think that 71 miles today was going to be another real struggle. Signs like 'Rattlesnake Creek' didn’t do anything to reassure us.  But actually it was a much more enjoyable ride than yesterday.  There were still the hills and they kept coming at us, but the wind direction was generally more favourable and the hard shoulder provided space to talk and relax with some music.

As the day passed we found ourselves in a changing landscape.  The harsh desert morphed into green open plains on the other side of a major mountain pass which took us up for about 15 miles.  Just as we thought we were nearly there, another puncture.  Given the amount of debris on the hard shoulder, I think we were lucky to only have three today.

It also seems to have got cooler.  It is still stinking hot but somewhat more bearable.  Polly is now using her leg shade invention (a t-shirt tied around the handle bars) and the hats are keeping our faces out of the sun. 

We have found ourselves tonight in Seligman.  I have just logged in to discover Andy Murray is in the quarter finals.  Good news until you remember that he always gets knocked out in the semis by Rog, Rafa or Djokovic.  Seligman is an old town making the most of its location on historic Route 66.  There are several tacky American diners and souvenir shops but most importantly there is a campsite with a pool.  Actually, can you hold on a while?  I’m just going to jump in it right now.

A couple more swims, a battle with the winds high on this plateaux to put the tent up and some much needed bike maintenance filled the afternoon and then it was time to cycle back into town and experience the true Route 66 diner dinner.

As expected the plates were loaded higher than gravity should allow but after another 74 miles today there were soon 2 empty plates.  Polly only needed a little help to finish her home made spicy chilli three egg omelette with cheese, hash browns and bagel!

Back on the campsite we are enjoying a much cooler evening and looking forward to a short day of 42 miles tomorrow to get us to our base to explore The Grand Canyon.

Miles Cycled:  74 and for once we were checked in and poolside before 3pm
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triciagick on

Things are definitely looking better in the US of A. Had two good day charters Sunday and Monday - caught one mackeral Sunday and yesterday - two lovely little boys (Cephos and Cana!) and I caught one each - we were all very excited.
Off to Costa to meet Ellie shortly, followed by a bridge lunch at Fiona's - that's what I call a good day xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jojo on

This is all getting very exciting - am I right in thinking your route will be Flagstaff, Albuquerqu, Amarillo then Oklahoma? It is such fun watching you progress - even more so now that you are out of the desert and things are becoming a bit more bearable! I had better get back to my duties though - Olaf has emptied a draw in the office and is now trying to take his own bood pressure except he's got it round is leg..
LOL Jojo

Elizabeth on

Love hearing about what trouble my boy is causing via your blog guys!! ..and that does sound a great day Tricia! All good here - just had a cracking thunderstorm here to end our sunny weather - boo! ..hope Olaf wasn't too concerned about it! Am sure I will find out here if he was!
Love to you both,
E xxx

Betty on

Just read your American story so far - most of it heart in mouth! I kept thinking of those old cowboy films I used to love watching - there was often weary cowboy or sheriff on weary horse trudging across the desert, hot sun beating down, water running low. BUT, they always got there in the end, shot the baddy and rode off with the girl into the sunset, nice and cool looking! Keep taking care! Love Betty

Mum on

Had a good catch up with Tricia this morning.Shortly after we went our seperate ways there was torrential rain and horrid thunder storms.I had to ring Rachel to come and rescue me from a real drenching!! Was def not dressed appropriately as were most of the other people in town.
Watched tennis on centre court-only match on because of weather-you could not hear the ball touching the racket-rain and thunder so noisy!!
Glad the temp dropping a little for you,It all looks amazing.Such contrasting scenery.Bet you slept well after your huge meals!Hope no more punctures to hold you up.
Lots of lovexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Lindy on

Just read the updates - exhausted!!! You are both amazing - I cannot imagine what the 108 mile day must have been like - glad it is getting cooler - just!
Delighted to see from the blogs that everyone appears to be supporting Andy Murray - must say my money is still on Rafa or Roger. It made a pleasant change yesterday as we had sun while the south had rain. I am now going to look at the atlas as my knowledge of USA is sadly lacking now that you have left Vegas!!
Take care love Lindy

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