The 6-week journey will be across the “southern transcontinental route”, covering southern sections of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and northern Florida. Arrival at the finish line in St. Augustine, FL is projected for April 10, 2010.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Flats, flats, flats, flats, and flats!!

Hello from Mesa, AZ,
We are in a beautiful park north of Mesa.  However they are full and we are parked in the overflow area with no hook-ups and 10 minutes from the bathroom/showers.  Paula and I pulled in here last evening to wait for the guys to catch up after driving (I was driving) through rush-hour traffic for an hour.  We had stopped around noon to visit with Ed and Craig Roberts, Dave's and my Merrill Lynch financial advisors.  Their office is in Sun City, really close to where my folks lived in the 70's and 80's.  They are great people and loved hearing about the adventure.  They gave us good directions both for the bikers and the motorhome drivers to get to Mesa.  
When we went back to get moving again, Mike had a flat tire.  He had already had one in the morning on the way into Phoenix.  As they were fixing his tire, Mike looked over at Dave's bike and said, "Dave, you have a flat on the front".  So they proceeded to fix them both.  At 4:30 they took off to ride right through the city and we took the loop road.  That is when we encountered the rush-hour traffic. 

Paula and I pulled into the archery range (closed down for the day) here in the park and waited just a short time before Dave called and said that they had had 2 more flats and that they needed to be picked up because it was getting dark.  We drove back an hour to find them.  It was very confusing and in the dark rather difficult, but we made it.  We all stopped at a Carl's Jr. (popular fast food place out here) to eat and drove back the hour to the campground and pulled into the overflow, walked the 10 minutes in the dark to the bathroom/showers, and fell into bed.  

Today, Friday, we got up late (7:30) and decided to use this as the day off instead of Sun., get the bike tires repaired, maybe a Cub game for me (yippee), go grocery shopping, wash clothes, make up the 20 miles from yesterday.  We'll see what we can accomplish.  The day is gorgeous and the sun will be pretty warm by afternoon.

Looks as though I am staying.  Can't believe I said that, but here I am and we'll work out the details.

Love and blessings,

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