Had a leisurely afternoon yesterday with mark and the dogs. Got a pair of tires ordered, and it looks like they are going to the right place in texas, and will beat me there. yay!
Got a fairly early start this morning, leaving SunFire at about 7:30. Headed up to Warner Springs, then over the hills into the Coachella Valley (Palm springs, etc.)
Sat through a few stoplights in Palm Desert and stopped for gas in Indio, and it felt way hotter than I was expecting. Started cooling off as I gained altitude going east, but upon dropping into Blythe, it got warmer. Stopped for lunch in Blythe, my thermometer read 93. Stopped just north of town to take a gander at the Intaglios there. It was a short gander, as wandering around on that exposed butte at 2:30 in the afternoon was a blazing experience.
After that, it was pretty much a hot grind northward to Kingman. I saw a bank thermometer in Parker, AZ that said 97. My tankbag thermometer never read higher than 95.8. That was hot enough, thankyouverymuch! It was cool to watch the scenery change from complete flat low desert to craggy, high desert here in kingman. I feel better now that i’ve had dinner and a shower, and i now know that i can survive, pretty comfortably, a day of riding in near 100 degree temps, on this bike, in this gear. That is confidence-inspiring. I think in a few days, I’ll be ready to tackle Tejas!