Day 8 Rest Day in Phoenix

9/15/19.

We are all thankful for a rest day. We do laundry, grocery shopping and visit an MS Research Center with a lunch hosted by a physician who just finished the Northern Tier and his clinical support team.

We present a check for 20,000$,

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have lunch, visit the patient treatment areas, and listen to a talk on MS.

Some of us fade out…

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Tomorrow starts Part two of the ride…up into the high high mountains East of Phoenix in preparation for crossing the Continental Divide.

Day 4 The Desert

9/11/19

Well I made it. I am exhausted. 93 miles across the desert in 8 1/2 hours. 3 hours of climbing over a low mountain range.

110 F on my handlebars. 12 liters of water and I am still a prune.

Here are some pictures. Those are the Chocolate Mountains, we crossed through a southern gap but still 1000 feet up.

Time to sleep…

Day 3 Playing with Fire

9/10/19

When I was a teenager my friends and I would have fights with match guns. Made from clothes pins the small wooden catapults would launch a self sticking match up to 15 feet blazing away ignited by the friction of leaving the “ gun”. Amazingly we never got burned but I did nearly set a couch on fire in the basement of my house.

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Day 0 : I Don’t Know Who I Am…

9/7/19

As I walk to the grocery store this morning to buy supplies for the first week of the ride all is calm and quiet on the San Diego Boardwalk.

I pass two young beauties dressed in skimpy bathing suites…everybody has a perfect body here… I hear one say to the other “ I don’t know who I am…”

A few steps later I turn to my right to see HER nailed to the wall and wonder if SHE knows who she is…

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                                    “ ,,A piece of driftwood”… she whispers to me…

                                                Never be surprised by California…

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Ressurrection

7/13/19

Well… as many of you know, my trip up the East Coast this year was cancelled due to family illness. Things are  better now and with much encouragement I have decided to ride the Southern Tier again. I have spent the past few months in my art studio

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and now am trying to decide whether I will write stories this year or send out watercolor paintings from the passage through the Southwest, Texas and the Deep South.

Just 8 weeks from now I will be in San Diego staring East 3070 miles to Florida wondering if yet again I have lost my mind.

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