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.

Monday, March 1, 2010

In the desert

Hi Everyone,
Well, tonight we have two tired bikers.  The ascent out of Pine Valley this AM was a killer.  We were to meet them for a mid-morning snack in Boulevard, CA.  We waited until 11:30 before they showed up.  Not only was it steep but they had a head wind as well.  The plan from there was to meet at Ocotillo and regroup.  It was downhill and they were really flying.  We were now on the desert and on the way to El Centro which is below sea level.  Now the plan was to get to El Centro, 14 miles before the goal for the day and see if they could go on.  Paula and I got to El Centro and after one false start found the RV park, pulled in and got the rig into a spot.  That is a real trick, but there were a few empty spots in a row which helped in our maneuvering.  We arrived at about 3:15 and then waited.  the guys finally showed up at 5:30.  They were very sore after traveling on a bumpy road for about 20 miles.  the decision was made not to go on to Brawley so now we are 14 miles behind schedule.  
The scenery is very bleak--lots of rocks, sagebrush and little else.  We are and have been very close to the Mexico border and every other vehicle is Border Police.  Paula and I went through a check point today but did not have to stop.

This RV park is not as nice as the one in San Diego.  There are quite a lot of permanent residents and we are very close to Interstate 8.  There are not many trees and the spots are very close together.  We are glad that it is not full and were given some breathing space. 

It is so encouraging to read your emails and we appreciate your prayers and concern.  Thanks so much to those who have been able to contribute monetarily to the cause.  There seems to be something unexpected every day which adds to the stress in some ways but keeps it interesting.  this is a part of the country I have never seen before and, in its own way, it is beautiful.  

We are tired tonight.  There is a full moon and Mike is sitting outside in a lawn chair taking it all in.  Wonder if he still thinks this is a good idea?!?  

Goodnight all.

Love and blessings,

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