What a great day–John Mclinden

What a great day.  We gathered at 8 am in the parking lot the “Little Church of Hope” in Hope, AZ, population 37.  Home to one RV park, a shuttered gas station and restaurant and a 9 hole golf course all owned and operated by Doug, the local entrepreneur of 80 plus years.  We packed in 45 miles from Hope to AZ mile marker 95, about 15 miles east of Wittenburg.  The temperature peaked out at 94 degrees today which was a welcome change from the past several days.  The real challenge of the day was the 10 to 15 MPH headwind.   The elevation increased throughout the day as we climbed through a magnificent valley flanked by two mountain ranges to the north and south.  Mark was joined today by his old friend Jake Hurwitz, Rob Donley and John McLinden.  Lincoln, Alex and Marie helped us throughout the day.  We told stories, philosophized and laughed.  Mark has now ridden for 9 straight days so tomorrow is a rest day.  For any of you who are following the Stephan Challenge but have not committed to participating my advice is simple—just do it.  Do it for Mark or do it for yourself, but just do it.

5 thoughts on “What a great day–John Mclinden

  1. Lincoln-I plan to join up with the ride on May the 7th. Hopefully around El Paso.
    I will keep my eye on you progress and meet you where ever you all are.
    Steve Ryan

  2. Cooler weather is on the way. Should be cooler day by day. Once you leave the Valley of the Sun, life on the road will get better. Stick with it, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, then hydrate some more.
    Looking forward to seeing you guys in Safford, AZ. Any idea how best for me to communicate with you? When do you think you will get to Safford?

  3. Mark,
    My lovely bride has Stephan Challenge Mania!
    She says this is too appropriate for Stephanwolf and his Pack!
    Go for it! You are the leader in thefield!

    “Born to be Wild”
    Get your motor runnin’
    Head out on the highway
    Lookin’ for adventure
    And whatever comes our way
    Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
    Take the world in a love embrace
    Fire all of your guns at once
    And explode into space

    I like smoke and lightning
    Heavy metal thunder
    Racin’ with the wind
    And the feelin’ that I’m under
    Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
    Take the world in a love embrace
    Fire all of your guns at once
    And explode into space

    Like a true nature’s child
    We were born, born to be wild
    We can climb so high
    I never wanna die

    Born to be wild
    Born to be wild


  4. By listing your location each day on the blog, people will have a better feel of where you are on a map. I think most people understand the record temps in the AZ and NM are going to slow anyone’s time. Crazy to have head winds went generally you would have tail winds

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