Thursday, March 27, 2008

Having A Good Time

It's Thursday, and today was a long 69 mile ride from Brawley to Palo Verde. Tomorrow we head towards our last California stop, the town of Blythe.

So far I am enjoying the adventure. I have been basically riding each day with the same four guys. We seem to ride at a similar pace. The youngest guy in our tour, I would say around 38 yrs old, from England, flys right by everyone when he rides and is always the first to reach our destination for the day with the five of us following behind him.

The ride has taken us from the ocean over the Laguna Mountain range dropping down (at approximately 70 mph) to the flat desert terrain to the town of Ocotillo this past Tuesday. Unfortunately, another mishap occurred on the big downhill, where the lady from Chicago pulling a bob lost control as the bob started swaying and crashed. After being released from the hospital later that same day, she decided to stay back and rest up and hope to catch a ride to meet up with the rest of us.

Top of the big climb out of San Diego

Rolling hills after the Laguna Mountains

Leaving Ocotillo yesterday to our next destination, Brawley, we rode pass sand dunes parked with RVs with ATVers having a blast over the dunes and through an agricultural area of wheat and corn watered by the Colorado River via canal.

That night in Brawley, it was my turn as the cook for the group and they wanted Chinese food. Was that on purpose since I am the only Chinese in the group? Thank goodness they let me off easy, and we did take out from a Chinese restaurant. WHEW! That was a relief.

Being out in this desert terrain with 90 degree temps, majority of the group is having a hard time with the heat as they are from areas with colder temperatures than Sacramento. So we start our days very early to avoid the heat as much as possible.

Unfortunately at this time I am unable to post any pictures that I have taken. That's it for now......... Need to rest from today's long ride.


riptidejo said...

jay o. here again....
you said Chinese food??? The last one I had was in St. George with you and Geno. Now, I have this hankering for Chinese food again.... thanks, Herb. There goes my diet out the window!

geno said...

Ride on Herb!
Take out Chinese heh?! got off easy.
Good to hear you are having a blast and enjoying the tour. Your anxieties must be a thing of the past.
How's your buttocks holding up?
Thanks for blogging....
Ride safe...

Anonymous said...

Hey, Herb - You'll probably be out of California when you see this. I hope things are continuing to go well in Arizona? Too bad about the women who had a mishap. Hopefully she'll be able to rejoin your group. You did offer to give her a ride in a sidecar, didn't you? That's the gentlemanly thing to do.

Anyway when ya get back, you, Asa and I will get together for another night of dinner and a movie. That'll give you something to look forward to. Except I'll pick the movie. Your picks are as good as your Chinese cooking.