At exactly 2:15 a.m. last night the sprinklers in the town park turned on. We knew the park was outfitted with a sprinkler system, but didn’t know exact placement; The sprinklers could’ve popped up directly underneath our tents! Thankfully they didn’t. My waterproof tent cover kept me dry. Michael’s tent was in a safe zone, yards from and working sprinkler.
Today is a planned 70-mile ride, which has us entering the Pacific Time Zone. As usual, I’m up early and will be on the road by daybreak.
That’s all for now. Check back later for an update!
Update (Monday morning): As you may have deduced, we were completely out of cell service for both the entire ride yesterday, and where we camped last night. Not to worry though, we’re completely okay and while I still don’t have cell service, I located a cafe to eat breakfast and am using their WiFi.
As the lack of cell service would indicate, yesterday’s 70-mile ride was pretty desolate. A lot of desert, few trees, and absolutely no businesses to stop at for the entirety of the ride. Unfortunately both Michael and I had strong headwinds the entire way, but we both eventually made it to Unity Lake State Park (Rec Area).
Fast forward to our campsite, Michael told me that he met Mike at the base of Brogan Hill. Mike told Michael that there had been another touring cyclist a few miles ahead of him; Michael caught up to him after the Brogan Hill climb. It turns out it was a touring cyclist that we saw in the bar in Vale the night prior. Michael chatted with him for a bit over the strong winds (so we didn’t catch his name), before continuing on. The unnamed touring cyclist was headed from Salt Lake City to Seattle. Cool!
That’s all for today (err, yesterday), once Michael gets within WiFi range he’ll likely start the blog for today (7/17).
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