Sunday, March 20, 2011

Staying at an amazing place

Silver city New Mexico is a hippie enclave in the last place you would ever expect to find one. I'm staying with an old hippie named William who lives in a house that runs on solar energy, and he has an incredible co op greenhouse in his back yard.

The greenhouse.

Angel, williams fat cat.

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Location:N Texas St,Silver City,United States

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Crossed state line number two today

Crossed into new mexico just after sunrise this morning.

It was a brutal climb up the pass from Arizona-- 6,250 feet straight up, there were definitely moments when I wondered why the hell I decided to do this-- but the views were incredible.

I'm going to be posting some real photos (as in not just from my phone) whenever I next take a rest day, and I'm excited to share some of the shots I've managed to get. I decided to bring my good art documenting camera in spite of its extra weight and bulk, so I've been trying to do some real photo taking to justify carrying it...

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Location:N F St,Silver City,United States

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Just went up this hill

You can't really tell how steep this is but see that almost invisible valley down there? Yeah. That was fun. Oh, and the temperature broke 100 degrees for the first time on my trip.

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Location:Superior,United States

Monday, March 14, 2011

Desert sunset

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Location:9 Irons Rch Rd,Wickenburg,United States

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Crossed my first state line

You can't really tell but this says Arizona

This ladybug stayed on my leg for 30 miles

Wonder what incident prompted the necessity of this sign...?

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Friday, March 11, 2011

4 wheeler Capitol of the world

This is the only establishment of any sort for thirty miles in either direction. By sand toys they mean 4 runners. Im eating a giant pickle and can of beans before heading back into the desert.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Postin from my fancy phone!

Hello all! I'm currently sitting in a police station (charging my phone, not because I got in trouble for having shorts that are too flamingly bright pink) in el centro California. I'm about 120 miles outside of San Diego and it's been a crreaaaazzzzyyyyy few days of extremely steep climbs. I went up 4000 feet averaging about 3 miles an hour because it was seriously that steep and there were insane headwinds.

I coincidentally ran into two awesome folks going the same route as me, so we joined forces for the last few days. Anyways, I know that all anyone ever wants is pictures and this tiny typing is annoying, so here--

My faithful steed at Redondo Beach. It neglected to go swimming.

My failure to effectively apply sunscreen. I put sunscreen on three times this day! My theory is that since my Seattle skin has seen no sun in a season (yay alliteration), there was simply no avoiding it.

See that big fence in the background? That's the mexican border. My route took me about 150 yards away from it. There are lots of helicopters all the time.

A guy by the side of the road was selling avocados 5 for a dollar. Clearly the only thing to be done was to fill my handlebar bag with them.

The road we were on today was full of potholes like woah. Funny thing is, the locals told us we were super lucky because it had just been fixed last year and was in great shape. This is what my hands looked like after 20 miles on this crazy bumpy road. My head kinda feels all shaken up too.