Day 6. Thursday, April 28 – Salome to Wickenburg, Arizona

Thursday 28 April 2016

A Gorgeous 66° morning,DSCN0265 but first let’s get some breakfast.  DSCN0264Love to start the morning with an omelet filled with a slab of bacon and a pound of cheese!

Okay, now we are ready to start to bike.  DSCN0285The forecasted 4 mph winds were starting off with at least a 15 mph push at our backs; the wind and slight downhill start was a perfect start!  Though the strong tailwind remainedDSCN0287 for over an hour, our gradual climb began within the first half an hour, just about the same time the farmland DSCN0283yielded to desertIMG_1930 framed by the Harcuvar and Harquahala Mountains.DSCN0289  We enjoyed the various cactus….IMG_1925……OuchIMG_1928and out-of-place palm trees.DSCN0294Shortly after ten with over 25 miles complete (thank you, wind), we took a saddle and refreshment break at our only available stop of the day.  As we munched on muffins and oranges gusts of wind blew in as a storm was collecting strength.  During our 20 minute stop, the clouds had gathered and the wind had switched directly to our side; no more wind assist ride.  Back on the road, we watched as rain fell in the distance.DSCN0305  Slowly, the sky became totally overcast,DSCN0313 the breeze turned cold and the temperature dropped to 59°; we figured it was only a matter of time before we got hit by a downpour.  Thankfully, our steady climb kept us warm as the thermometer crept to 62° and the rain never hit us.  The beautiful DSCN0314desert flowers DSCN0327were in such opposition to the cool weather; we were loving it.  Amazing how prettier everything looks,DSCN0325 when you are not expiring from the heat.

Our downhill turn into townDSCN0332 began much sooner than expected, but then we didn’t expect the wind to be blowing Up the hill we were descending, either.  It took us close to an hour to give back the 1000 foot climb we had just completed.  The town stretched for miles as we became surrounded by trailwagonsDSCN0340 and memories of yester-year.DSCN0339  Too early to check-in, so we stopped for a bowl of delicious homemade chili to warm up.DSCN0343

A relaxing afternoon (for a change) and time to catch up and make room for dinner.  We swaggered (cowboy talk) down the street, finally getting close to one of the colossal cactus,DSCN0349 to a local saloon.DSCN0351We enjoyed an amazing salad DSCN0354and Roast Pork on a bed of stuffing and fixins’.DSCN0356  Not sure we burned that much in our 53 mile day, but we sure did enjoy it!

6 Responses to “Day 6. Thursday, April 28 – Salome to Wickenburg, Arizona”

  1. David Says:

    Beautiful !!!

  2. Sharon Groh Says:

    Glad your day was better. And of course, the food!! Don’t worry, you’ll burn those calories!

  3. Doug Carter Says:

    Wickenburg! Not far from where we lived – Peoria! Great pictures!

  4. travis Says:

    More great images. Seems like you have found your biking groove. Nice going.

  5. Paige Says:

    I will not worry about you now for one full day…good golly what a plate of gravy!!!

  6. Mel Says:

    Keep the photos coming. Great!

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