|Distance||92.43 kms||57.17 miles|
|Climbed||495 meters||1,624 feet|
|Ride time (hours)||4.80||-|
|Avg speed||11.9 kph||-|
|Distance||24,954.86 kms||15,506.31 miles|
|Climbed||262,522 meters||861,293 feet|
|Ride time (hours)||1,768.56||-|
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
There was no sleeping in the buff last night, I went into that sleeping bag with so many clothes on that I barely fit. Nice and toasty despite the fact that it probably got into the teens. I don’t even wake up until 8am. That’s a rarity when I’m camping, I must have really needed the sleep. It is freezing outside, when I walk to the bathroom the crunch-crunch of the snow underfoot is a sound that I associate with skiing, not bicycle touring. I put everything out in the sun to thaw and dry. With all the waiting around I don’t get pedaling until 10am.
I’m working against the wind today. I cycle past a couple walking along the road smack in the middle of 10-mile long valley where there is absolutely nothing of human fabrication. The asks me for a cigarette. Sorry buddy. No idea what they were doing out there. When I get to Seligman I can’t resist stopping into the Roadkill Café for a huge burger and some internet time. On the way out of town I stop for water and get talking to a group of Canadian motorcyclists from Alberta. They had their bikes trucked down so they could spend their whole time in Arizona.
From here I get on 1-40 for the stretch towards Williams. Pretty boring but some nice colors on the grasslands. I try all afternoon to get a picture of the prairie dogs that are hanging out near the road but they are too fast for me. I stop in some little town to pick up a couple of food items but they have no vegetables. Not long after I decide to call it a day, the highway is sewed up tight with barbed wire so I take a little-used exit, go over the cattle guard, then I’m free to camp wherever.
It’s ski jacket weather again. I make dinner then dive into the tent to escape the cold.
The late start and the long lunch made for a light riding day.