After sleeping through a few alarms this morning, I woke up and had breakfast with Kevin before hitting the road at about 9:00. Today's route featured a lot more straight roads, a lot more sand, and my return to historic route 66. The first third of the ride was on route 95 and featured up and down hills with a slight net elevation gain. The rest of the route was on I-40. Riding bicycles on I-40 is actually legal in Arizona as long as it is on the shoulder. At first the shoulder was very rough despite the lanes being nicely paved and I couldn't help worrying that I would break another spoke. But eventually even the shoulder had a nice smooth surface to ride on, and the gradual uphill climb didn't feel too taxing.
Although the ride was scenic and not too long, I was feeling a little bummed for a while because I started to have some neck, back, and arm pain. I'm hoping it is just a fluke and not the beginning of a bigger problem caused by my biking posture. I was also a little disappointed when I took a rest and my bike computer reset. Luckily I took note of it before the break so my totals can continue.
I made it to Kingman around 2:00, and took a look around their downtown area which emphasizes route 66 and the heavily used railroad that runs through town. After that I headed a few more km up the hill to meet my host, Bonita, who I meet on couch surfing. Tomorrow will be more uphill and entirely on route 66.
Today's distance: 96 km
Trip odometer: 618 km
Hi Josh I see you bypassed Oatman but that was probably a good thing. It would have been longer and more up and down and might not have anything open except on a weekend. Good luck as your trip continues.
Yeah, I took the shorter more gradual (ie. wimpier) route instead of passing through Oatman :-) Thanks for the good luck, I think it kicked in tonight when the rain held out for me.
I made it to Oatman today (by car not bicycle). It was much more commercialized than I expected. It still would have been a cool place to ride on the bicycle trip because of all the desert highway.
Nice to see you are having a great adventure!!! I'm always amazed at the adventures you take on! Can't wait to read each day and how it is going!!! Continued success and be safe!!!
World's biggest golf ball? Lol and you gotta love the abundance of public bathrooms in America!