When: May 18 & 19th
Where: Wickenberg to Havasu AZ
Miles: um, like 250 or something.
Sights of the Days: kid bartending and bats/owls in Bouse.
So leaving Wickenberg David from dinner before met me an rode with me out to Aguila, about 25 miles for breakfast. The entire Saturday ride was a consistent flat/downhill. Made it for lunch in Salome before dropping down a long decent through the set of 310 to Yuma to end up in Hope where I took a short break before switching to the 72 out to Parker but stopping at Bouse. I had a good bit of knee pain between Aguila & Salome so I (Smirnoff) iced it & took some ibuprofen. Amazeballs. No pain for the next three hours. I even could’ve made Parker but with a steady headwind & no shoulder it would’ve been slow dangerous rolling in at night so I gave up at Bouse. I hit the main bar in town to eat, ordered a Chili Size. Double Amazeballs! The eating part of riding is starting to kick in more & I started ordering larger meals. I passed on the beer cause the dry heat had murdered my throat, the child bartender told me to man up but I said no to peer pressure & rode a mile out to a community park to set up camp in the creepy dark camp where no one was except insects & swooping owls. Bathrooms full of Mantis’. No! Stop!
I woke at 5:30 & slowly picked up camp, packed up, had a wonderfully night-warmed breakfast flavor Clif bar, thanks Ma, & headed out before 7:00. Morning knee pain had me cursing the wind, I swear, semi’s bring with them like two solid minutes of wind. I kept good speed though & dropped 27 miles into Parker at about 9:00. Guys, guys, did you know, Taco Bell serves breakfast?!? I know right? Better than that they serve ice & water & power outlets so I took care o my business while getting my vitameens & manerals. I got to take the riverside road for about ten miles which was nice, then began the climb. Nothing too hard, 4, 5, & 6% grades, but in 112 heat it takes effect. The next part is more boring & repetitious than all the prior part so blah blah blah I’m in Havasu! Spring Break! Gotta go find a camping spot.