We left Jacumba Spa and Lodge on Day 3 headed for Brawley. After climbing 1000 feet in 5 miles, we had a 10-mile downhill on I-8 (yep you can ride on the interstate in places out here). What an awesome ride! The next 23 mile-ride on a smooth blacktop was interrupted by a turn to the left, where we hit one of the worst 15 miles of "shake and bakes" I have ever experienced. The last leg into Brawley was on a busy road, but we saw lots of farming in the Imperial Valley.
Day 4-Brawley to Blythe-Because this was a 90-mile day, we left the hotel around 6:30. I managed to catch a pace line for about 15 miles as we watched the sun rise in the sky. We rode through the Imperial Sand Dunes, a spectacular site. Then we hit the wind and 95 degree heat (very dry, unlike South GA). I rode for about 25 miles in a headwind of about 15-20 miph. My average speed slowed to about 6 mph during that time. Because there was no place to stop for lunch (no convenience stores for miles and miles), the Womantours van served us lunch at about mile 40. Now it is confession time. Having experienced enough wind and heat for one day and knowing 50 miles lay in front of me, I joined at least half the women in the van into Blythe. We will be here for two days before pushing on.
The satellite function is not working right now. It requires good cell phone coverage, which is not possible in Blythe. We are working on it.
To the folks at chiurch, you can add about 125 miles to your walk to Jerusalem.
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Hope everyone is fine.