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.