Day 4. Tuesday, April 26 – Brawley to Blythe, California

Wednesday 27 April 2016

It’s Cold – 46°

Thanks to our hotel’s early morning breakfast, we were able to start pedaling by 6:00, just as the sun was rising. DSCN9991 There was not even a hint of breeze, which we could have used (to our back, of course) as we had a very slight, but always noticeable continuous incline.  Still in agriculture country we passed beautiful fields of greenDSCN9998 and sunflowers.DSCN0002We crossed a canal and all civilization stopped, DSCN0026even the power lines ceased to exist. DSCN0043 Next up, the Imperial Sand Dune Recreational Area, DSCN0040not our idea of a great vacation spot.  The dunes however, were beautifulDSCN0062 and stretched for miles;IMG_1868 the Chocolate Mountains on the horizon.IMG_1865  Twenty miles out, we stopped at the last refreshment outpost for the next 50 miles.  A nice rest in the shade and chat with the locals DSCN0074and we were on our way.  Once past the sand dunes, we were left with blooming brush andDSCN0071interesting cactus,DSCN0106 the one below is an Ocotillo.DSCN0105A huge (operating) gold mine stretched for miles;DSCN0089  no chance of finding a nugget here, the place was surrounded by some very serious barbed wire.  Finally our long desert roadDSCN0108 took us close to the Chocolate Mountains,DSCN0092 quite impressive,DSCN0097 even without Willie Wonka.

Reached the top of our climb shortly after 11:00 and 45 miles complete, we stopped at a border inspection station and borrowed their shade to have a quick lunch.DSCN0112  A grocery store stop last night had us prepared for this long (no food outpost) ride.  Equipped with a power bagel, fruit and still ample water, we replenished and hit the road.  We were looking forward to the coast down hill,DSCN0115but the wind, that hit us in the face as we rounded the corner, was not going to let that happen.  The day was still quite cool (70’s), which was a Godsend for our long trek in the desert wilderness.  The landscape continued to change, offering welcome variety. DSCN0121 Then once again, we were surrounded by green DSCN0123as farmland DSCN0128appeared from the previous sandy scrub.  We were beginning to fade, actually just dog tired, so our 68 mile stop at 2:00 came none too soon.  It also gave us the opportunity to meet Bernd und Mario from Munich,DSCN0130  doing our same course, only faster.  A nice chat and rest helped as we were sent on our way.DSCN0131  But we were tired and the wind was becoming an exhausting nuisance.  Though the afternoon was still cool IMG_1881and an evening under the stars would be comfortable, we were not ready to pitch a tent yet, so we had to continue on.  On the edge of town, we grabbed the first hotel we came to, checked in and collapsed.  A refreshing shower and then dinner at the Sizzler a block away.  Steak was good, ice cream fixin’ bar was better.  Almost nine hours in the saddle and 88 miles survived, it was time to rest.

6 Responses to “Day 4. Tuesday, April 26 – Brawley to Blythe, California”

  1. Karen Says:

    As you are professionals, sure you have checked your chains for sand accumulation, but just in case . . . That was one long day! Safe travels.

  2. David Says:

    Wow! Amazing accomplishments and beautiful scenery !! What an adventure!

  3. travis Says:

    Man Oh Man…dinner is not the only thing Sizzling.. you guys are on fire…keep those bods covered in sunscreen & well hydrated (did I see JB wearing a hydo backpack?.. SMART…hope LB has one too)..temps may be cool but that sun is shining bright & no clouds. I hear Glen Campbell warming up “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” Later Amigos.

  4. Justin Says:

    What a grueling day in the saddle. You earned the ice cream bar!

  5. Karen Says:

    Epic, way to go Bocries.

  6. Paige Says:

    I am sorry the Sizzler was your “reward”…so very sorry!!

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