we got on the road early and were all a little crusty from the brutel heat the day before, a quick health food breakfast at mcdonalds and we headed to hope az. where we left off yesterday.
we were met in hope by john mcclinden a good friend from home, he had a free day and it was great to have him with us. we started with a long climb but it was cool and we had a tailwind. as we started we were met by a eastbound rider in need of water, she was a 24 year old girl in the navy, riding her bike from san diego to a survival training course in flagstall.
the day got hot but only 96, that was 24 degrees cooler than yesterday, it was almost refreshing, the winds became a cross breeze, got gusty and slowed us down a bit. as we were riding, rob donley noticed a rattle snake in the road, i saw it as i went buy, i estimated it to be at least 5 feet and aggressively moving towards me. behind us john and jake picked up a snake in the road, we have a picture of john holding it, i will post the picture, it was not the same snake i saw.
the wind was picking up and cold beers were calling so we called it a day at 45 miles. we will return to start 15 miles west of wickenberg az.
we say goodbye to jake, rob, and john but hope to see them further down the road. we had pulled into the motel parking lot and were finishing some beers when my dad joined us for a cold one, great to see him and look forward to having him with us.
i am a little fried, the team is tired, 9 days in a row on bike, tomorrow we rest.