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TRIP 2017

Update #04 - February 13th
El Centro, CA
Mission Trip 3,184.25 miles (5,094.80 km)
Year Total : 1,233.02 miles (1,972.83 km)



Jan 29, 2017 : Deming, NM to Deming, NM : 04.63 miles (07.41 km)
Trip Total: 2,669.22 miles (4,270.75 km)
Year Total: 717.99 miles (1,148.78 km)

I had an okay night at the motel. The room was okay was okay even though there were a few problems. One of the problems was the wifi. The signal was quite weak. I was able to do simple web browsing and check my email but the baud width was too low for me to connect to my website's server in CA so I wasn't able to do any ftp. I had hoped to post a trip update. There was a limited number of channels on the television.

I went to bed kind of late but I was able to sleep till around 5:30 am. I left the motel around 8:30 am. It was about a 4 mile ride into town. I did stop at a grocery store to buy a few things. I rode passed the First Baptist Church. There didn't seem to be that many cars around it. I didn't stop because I couldn't find any reference or name of a pastor there on the church's website.

I made my way over to the First United Methodist Church in the SW corner of Deming. There were quite a few cars around it. The first service had ended and the Sunday school classes had started. I got to have a brief encounter with the pastor before I was taken to a Sunday school class. The class was okay but I wished that I could have been more utilized. I was able to tell everybody in the class what I am doing so I'm going to count this as my seventh church for the year. The person who led the class was pretty learned but not as learned as the guy at the First UMC in Seugin, TX. The service was okay. There were quite a few mission briefings. I was pretty impressed with all of the social ministries that the church does here in Deming. After the service, the pastor gave me permission to stay in the church for the night.

I've got another long day tomorrow to Lordsburg. About halfway between Deming and Lordsburg, I'll be crossing the Continental Divide (Southern Rockies). Once I cross the Divide, I'll have about a 2,200 feet drop in elevation to Tuscon 226 miles away



Jan 30, 2017 : Deming, NM to Lordsburg, NM : 62.59 miles (100.14 km)
Trip Total: 2,731.81 miles (4,370.90 km)
Year Total: 780.58 miles (1,248.93 km)

I had an okay afternoon and night at the First United Methodist Church. I spent most of the afternoon in the fellowship hall but around 5 pm the pastor arrived back at the church and he let me in the youth room upstairs the gym where there were sofas. For lunch and dinner, I had a couple of microwaveable dinners, cake, and ice cream. After the youth program ended, I went back down to the fellowship hall to get on the wifi network.

I woke up around 6:30 am. I had some more cake and some yogurt for breakfast. I left the church around 7:40 am.

I almost got hit by a car about a block south of the church. I had the clear turning left onto a road when I car quickly went around me on the left side of me. I had seconds to stop before getting hit.

The temperatire was cool. There was ice on top of ponds. I saw the temperature on a sign at the high school and it said that it was 32. I followed NM 418 to I-10. About four miles down the road, a truck went passed me going Eastbound and a small stone shot up and hit me on my nose. It could have hit my sunglasses but I didn't.

I had to cross a couple of cattle guards. There was a section of road that didn't have any barb wire fence and there were some cattle loose. I took some pictures of them and a short video. There was a little more frontage road.

I stopped at a truck stop for a short break and then I had to get on I-10. The ride went went okay till the Continental Divide. There was a small tailwind to push me along. About 32 mile West of Deming, I crossed the Continental Divide (4,854 feet). There were no mountains. It was a high desert plateau. About a mile West of the Divide, two cycle tourist rode passed me going East. I was just able to yell to get their attention and wave at them. About a mile more, I stopped and went across the interstate to talk to another guy on tour. He told me that he was with the two guys in front of him and they had started from San Diego 14 days ago. I told him about the closed roads in the El Paso area.

About a half mile more, I started to ride through a really bad section of shoulder where there were a lot of loose stone. The loose rock didn't allow me to look for any wire from blown truck tires. I was doing okay but after 40 miles I got a flat rear tire. I found a small piece of wire in the tire. It was hard finding the pinhole leak. The tire stayed inflated for about six more miles and then the tire went soft again. I found another piece of wire. I patched up the tire. This was around 4:30 pm. I wasn't really sure that I was gong to make it into Lordsburg before dark. About 10 miles out of Lordsburg, the rear tire went soft again. I checked to tube and found that a corner of the patch that I had put on wasn't glued down. I quickly fixed that and inflated the tire. About 5 miles out of Lordsburg, the tire started to go soft again, I just inflated the tire and hoped that it would last till Lordsburg.

i got off the interstate right before dusk. I stopped at a truck stop for a short break. From what the pastor at the Methodist church in Deming told me, I didn't think that I could connect with a local minister in Lordsburg. I called up a friend of mine in MS who told me that I should call if I had a need and she helped me get a room at the Motel 6 in town.

I'm 23.6 miles from the AZ state line. My goal for tomorrow is San Simeon, AZ 34.5 miles away. Tuscon is 160.4 miles away.



Jan 31, 2017 : Lordsburg, NM to San Simon, AZ : 38.33 miles (61.33 km)
Trip Total: 2,770.14 miles (4,432.22 km)
Year Total: 818.91 miles (1,310.26 km)

I had an okay night at the Motel 6. I kind of stayed up late because I had to check out the two rear innertubes to find the pinhole leaks. I did this through a water bath test. I also had to do my regular journaling and website updating.

I woke up a little after 6 am. I was happy to see the rear tire was still up. I've got to get some new innertubes as soon as the online donation from last week gets into my bank account.

Before getting on the road, I had to watch the morning national news. The most upsetting news for me was about the Boy Scouts of America. They are now allowing so-called transgender kids. Case in point there is a Russian lady in New Jersey who has been raising her daughter as if it was a boy for the past couple of years and now the girl believes that she is a boy. The child is around 6 years old. The child was trying to get into the Cub Scouts program but the child was turned away because she wasn't a male by birth. There was a big stink in social media so the Boy Scouts changed their policy to meet the norms of so-called society. The Boy Scouts used to only allow boys who have birth certificates that state that they are boys. Such depravity since the Boy Scouts used to be a solid Christian organization. Several years ago, the organization started to accept homosexual children and allow homosexuals to be scout leaders.

I let the motel a little after 8 am. It didn't seem to be as cold as it was yesterday. I got back on Bus 10 and rode it to it's end before getting on to the shoulder of I-10. The ride along I-10 went really well. There was a slight tailwind to push me along. There was a steady slight climb up a ridge near the ghost town of Steins. It was getting kind of warm. I had seen on the news that the temperature was going to get up into the 60s. I took the chance to put my jacket away but I kept on my long sleeve cycling jersey under my short-sleeve recumbent jersey. It didn't feel that bad.

Once I got to the top of the ridge, I had a little over a three mile drop to the AZ state line. I got into AZ a little after noon. I had ridden a little over 24 miles in NM. I stopped at a rest stop about a mile into AZ for a short lunch break. From the rest stop, it was about an 8 mile coast down to BUS 10 at San Simon. I'll be loosing more elevation now since I've gone over the Continental Divide.

I got into San Simon around 2:20 pm. There wasn't much in town. There were were a couple of churches. The biggest of them was the First Baptist Church. There were a couple of RV campers behind the church. One of the people in the campers was the new worship leader. He was able to get hold of the pastor and I was given permission to stay in the fellowship hall for the night. There were some other evangelists in the trailor who go around putting on music events at churches. They were going on a special kind of diet so they brought in all of the food that they can't eat any more into the fellowship hall. A lot of the food was some things that I could carry. I packed up what I could in my food pannier. It's been a long time since the food pannier was really stuffed. I estimate that I was blessed with at least $40 of food.

I checked my journals. The last time that I had stopped in San Simon was back on Nov 22, 2006. I had spent the night camped out on the ground of the high school.

I'll be riding to Willcox tomorrow and should be getting into Tucson Friday. I've got a list of about 10 WS members in the Tucson area.

I'm at least 15 days away from Chula Vista between Imperial Beach and San Diego where I will actually start the ride North along the Pacific Bike Trail to Illwaco, WA where I will turn NE towards Seattle, WA.



Feb 01, 2017 : San Simon, AZ to Willcox, AZ : 45.39 miles (72.62 km)
Trip Total: 2,815.53 miles (4,504.85 km)
Year Total: 864.30 miles (1,382.88 km)

I had an okay night at the First Baptist Church in San Simon (3,629 feet). It was a really big blessing getting to pack up all of that food in my pannier. It looks like most of the food was from Walmart. I estimate that if I would have bought the food myself it would have cost me at between $40 and $50. The food pannier was stuffed to the brim. It's been a while since the last time it happened.

There wasn't any way that I could have camped out in the fellowship hall because of the cold concrete floor and the kitchen noise especially from the small ice maker. The only place that was carpeted besides in the sanctuary was a small room/ foyer that was between the sanctuary and the fellowship hall. There were doors that I could close. I was able to get some sleep even though there was a red emergency exit sign above the door to the fellowship hall. I stayed up kind of late because I wanted to take care of the pictures that I had taken today.

I slept about five hours. I woke up around 5 am. The sun came up around 7 am. I left the church around 7:30 am. It was a little cool but not too cold that I didn't have to get out my wool cap and gloves. I finished up BUs 10 and then got on Olga Road, which is the frontage road that goes clear to the next town of Bowie. The frontage road was really rough so the ride was slow. About five miles out of San Simon, the rear tire went flat. I changed tubes and was back on the road around 25 minutes. The rest of the ride into Bowie went a little better because the road surface improved some. Bowie was a little bigger town. On the West end of Bowie, I stopped at this gas station/RV park for a short break because there was a sign that said free wifi. I wanted to check my email and send a couple of emails.

About a half mile passed the RV park, I got on the shoulder of I-10. The ride was okay because there was a smooth shoulder. Along the way, I watched a small brown hawk fly really low over the scrub brush in the median between the E and W bound lanes to do some hunting. It was flying less than four feet above the ground. Every once in a while, it would drop down to the ground. There was a gradual climb up to the top of a ridge where US 191 split off going N to Safford. I got about 21 miles in by noon. It was warm enough to take off my jacket. I stopped alongside the interstate and sat behind a railing for a short lunch break.

Once I crossed over the ridge, it was a gradual downhill ride to Willcox (4,167 feet). I got off the interstate onto the Bus 10 route into willcox. I had a 4 mile ride into Willcox. Several road runners ran across the road in front of me. About two miles out of willcox, I rode pased the old bar where there was a cowboy church. I had stopped there Thanksgiving Day, 2006. It looked empty and hadn't been used in a while.

I got into downtown Willcox around 3:30 pm. I saw some cars at the First United Methodist Church. A couple of ladies were having a committee meeting in the library. I found out that the minister would be back around 5 pm for choir practice. He had gone to Tucson. There were going to be more pastors from other churches there because there was going to be an Awanas program for kids at the church. There wasn't going to be any Wed night services at the Baptist and Christian churches because of Awanas. While I was waiting for the pastor to arrive, I noticed that the front tire had gone flat. It took a really long time getting the tube out of the tire because the bead of the tire was really tight, I found a really small pinprick sticking up. I used a pair of fingernail clippers to cut it off. I put a brand new tube into the tire. I inflated the tire to 80 psi instead of 100 psi because tire pressure should increase while I lose elevation.

I was able to talk to one of the ministers from the other churches who were setting up for the Awanas program. He told me that there was a ministerial fund and I should go to the police station. The lady at the police station arranged for a room for me at the Rodeway Inn behind the McDs near the interstate.



Feb 02, 2017 : Willcox, AZ to N Benson, AZ : 43.97 miles (70.35 km)
Trip Total: 2,859.50 miles (4,575.20 km)
Year Total: 908.27 miles (1,453.23 km)

I had an okay night at the Rodeway Inn. The room was okay. I'm glad that I wasn't that far away from the office because I only got 3 bars and I was right next to the office. I took the time to check out the innertubes and I found the pinhole leaks. I've got to get some new inner tubes soon. Supposedly, there is a Walmart in the Benson area.

I left the motel a little after 8 am because I wanted to watch the national news. There was a violent demonstration/ protest overnight at the UC Berkeley Campus in CA. There was destruction with broken windows and fires.

I backtracked into the downtown area and finished up BUS I-10 before getting back on the interstate. Along the way, I stopped at a Dollar General to get a cell phone recharge card.

From Willcox, there was a steady climb up to the Texas Canyon Rest Stop through the Dragoon Mountains. I thought that I was going to hit this between Benson and Tuscon. I was up to 5000 feet above sea level. It was noon so I took an extended lunch break. There was a lot of pretty scenery to take pictures of. I had only ridden 21 miles.

From where I got onto the interstate, I had about a steady 16 mile coast down into the San Pedro Valley. I took a lot of pictures. There were a lot of interesting rock formations. I got off the interstate at BUS 10 and I had a 3 mile ride into Benson. I had lost alomst 1,500 feet in elevation.

In Benson, I had a hard time finding any of the churches. I saw the Seventh Day Adventist and the Catholic Churches. Nobody around them. I found the Community Presbyterian Church but nobody was there. It took a while to find the police station. I had to wait a while to talk to a police officer. He didn't know any minister. I checked out the phone book. I only got answering machines. I did talk to somebody at the Calvary Baptist Church. She wasn't that much help. It turns out that the church wasn't in town but about five miles W out of town near I-10.

I thought that I would try the area between the downtown area and the interstate. I found several churches but nobody was around them. It took a while finding the right road that would connect to the interstate. I saw a sign for the Super 8. I thought that I would check them out to see if I could get a discounted room using my Wyndam Rewards points. The lady manager on the day shift was pretty helpful. The rate for the room was pretty high because there was a gem and rock show going on in Tucson. She let me bring my computer in so I could get on the internet. There were only 2 motels in the area that were on the rewards program. I found out that the Super 8 didn't have any Go-Fast (discounted) or Go-free rooms left. They had only 3 G0-fast rooms a night and they were all booked. There were only Go-Free rooms available at the Days Inn. I was told that there was a big gem show in Tuscon and all of the motels were full there so people were staying here in Benson. There were probably no rooms available at the small mom-and-pop (possibly Potels) motels. There was a KOA about three-quarters of a mile N of the Super 8. The lady called over there and was told that a tent spot went for $29.

Before I left the Super 8, the lady told me that she was a Christian and she slipped me a GH of $20. She mentioned to me that she had been recently kicked out of her sister's house and was staying I just didn't feel like spending all of that money to camp out between RVs. There was some open land between the motels near the interstate and the KOA. I decided to camp out behind some scrub bushes and save that money for something else.



Feb 03, 2017 : N Benson, AZ to Craycroft (E Tuscon) : 57.97 miles (92.75 km)
Trip Total: 2,917.47 miles (4,667.95 km)
Year Total: 966.24 miles (1,453.23 km)

I had an okay night camping out in the scrub land. It did take a while getting the tent up because of the broken tent pole section but I was able to set up the tent before dark. There was no wind during the night. I was far away from the interstate that I didn't hear that much traffic noise.

I only woke up once to relieve myself. I woke up a little after 6 am. It didn't get that cold outside. I was able to put away my tent with minimal problems. I almost had Alice packed up when a friendly dog appeared. His master was a few dozen feet away. They had come into the land for a walk.

I was back on the road around 7:40 am. I rode back into town instead of directly getting onto the interstate because I wanted to find the Walmoart so I could buy some new inner tubes for the rear wheel and some more patches. I also bought a small bottle of chocolate milk and some half-priced chocolate chip cookies. As I was drinking the milk and eating one of the cookies, I heard the distinctive noise of horse shoes on pavement. Coming passed me wasn't an Amish horse drawn wagon. It was a home made cart with small balloon tires being pulled by a mule being led by a dog tied to the cart. They went passed me too fast to get my cellphone out to take a picture.

There was a steep incline to get back on to the interstate. I was making my way out of the San Pedro Valley. Instead of attempting to ride up the hill, I walked it to stretch out my legs. Once I got back on the shoulder of the interstate, I had a steady climb up to the next interchange. There were several motels there, a gas station, and a McDs. I stopped at the McDs to use the restroom and to have a working breakfast so I could charge up my laptop and ipod and work on yesterday's journal. I was probably at the McDs for about 45 minutes. I learned that I was going to be climbing back up to 5,000 feet above sea level before starting the coast down to Tucson. It was nearly noon when I got to the highest point at the J6 road interchange. Because of my puttering around in the morning, I had only ridden 11 miles.

Once I started down on the other side of the interstate exchange, I had to control my descent. I coasted almost 24 miles. I got up to around 15 mph before I had to start to gently put on my brakes. After about coasting five miles, I stopped for a water and a cookie break. I saw an interesting sight on the South side of the interstate. There was a string of locomotives. In one section, I counted 4 dozen diesel locomotives before a mountain blocked my line of sight. When I got to the other side of the mountain, I saw more locomotives. This string of locomotives lasted almost a mile and a half more. There might have been several hundred locomotives there. These must be extra locomotives needed to get the trains through the mountains between Tuscon, AZ and Del Rio, TX. Usually, there was a drive locomotive, one of two slave locomotives up front and a pusher locomotive in back also on slave remote control.

There was some interesting traffic on the interstate. On a flat bed trailor going Eastbound was a small jet missing it's wings and tailwings. I got passed by the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile.

I made really good time getting into the Tucson area. I stayed on the interstate till about 5 miles from the downtown area and then I had to follow surface roads the rest of the way. Before getting off of the interstate, I found a bundle of 5 tent stakes. From where I got into Tucson to where I got off the interstate, I saw several homeless camps in empty lots.

East of the downtown area, I stopped at a Safeway on Broadway near the University of Arizona Campus to get something to drink and also a place to call some of the WS members in town. I wasn't having much luck but I finally got connected with a guy named Jay who lived about 4 miles East of the downtown area off of Broadway. Before Jay got married, he took part in a Habitat Bike/n Build Ride across the country. Jay lived about 5 miles to the East of where I was.

Jay gave me directions to his house but the directions were slightly off. I should have turned S off of Broadway onto South craycroft but the directions he told me pver the phone had me turn N instead. I found my error after cycling almost 2 miles out of my way. I got to Jay's house a little after dark. He had left the side gate open for me so I could get into his back yard.

I'm not sure how far I will cycle tomorrow. I've already ridden almost 250 miles this week. I was thinking about riding to Eloy tomorrow but if I only make it to Mareno that would be okay.



Feb 04, 2017 : Craycroft (E Tucson), AZ to Red Rock, AZ : 45.29 miles (72.46 km)
Trip Total: 2,962.76 miles (4,740.42 km)
Year Total: 1,011.53 miles (1,618.45 km)

I had an okay night at Jay's and Ruth's house. They are a nice young couple in their late 20s. They've been married 4.5 years and have two little girls under the age of 3. The youngest is 10.5 months old. I was able to get some rest even though the guest bedroom was next to the girl's bedroom. I didn't get much done with regards to journaling before I fell asleep.

My bioclock woke me up around 4 am. I kept myself quiet till around 7 am. Jay fixed a good breakfast. It took a while to get my clothes dried because they just used air instead of heat. I wasn't able to get my clothes packed up till almost 9 am. It was around 9:30 am when I headed out. Instead of backtracking into the downtown area, I did a detour to locate a Best Buy. I found out that the thing that I thought was true about the Geek Squad wasn't.

From the Best Buy, it was a downhill coast into the downtown area. It was a tricky ride through the downtown area. I wanted to check out a bike route that went north along the interstate since cyclists are prohibited. Since it was around 11:30 am, I stopped at a BK for some lunch.

The Santa Cruz River Park Bike Trail was across the street. The river bed was dry. Even though there were signs prohibiting camping, I rode passed several homeless camps along the dry river bed. I did ride passed a really large solar cell farm. Tucson is called the Solar City. Jay's house has banks of solar cells on his house's roof. He told me that in the 4 years that they have lived in the house, he has never paid an electric bill. He has actually has gotten checks from the electric company when the power meter ran backwards. Jay also has two large cisterns on his property that store rain water from the roof. Each tank can store several thousand gallons of water. It was interesting that there was a small patch of green grass in his back yard. I thought that it was actual green grass but it was astroturf instead.

I followed the bike trail for about 5 miles before I got off it and crossed under the interstate and got on frontage roads along the East side of the interstate that should take me up to Casa Grande.

The ride along the frontage roads went okay even though I was climbing some. There was a short section of road construction to ride through. In the Marena area, I saw a sign for Country Kitchens. I've been carrying one of their gift cards since FL. It was too late to have a meal so I got some other food items from the store to cash out the gift card.

I got into the Red Rock area around 5:30 pm. There was no place to try and camp out on the east side of the interstate because of the frontage road and the railroad. I crossed over the interstate. I found some open land next to this really high earthen berm that was a sound barrier for a housing complex. I hid the tent behind some tall scrub bushes. I almost got found out by some people in a dune buggy but I was well hidden.

There is a church close to where I camped out but I'm thinking about trying to make it into Eloy for church tomorrow morning. I've got to go over Picacho Pass of around 1,800 feet above sea level before going downward to Eloy.



Feb 05, 2017 : Red Rock, AZ to Eloy, AZ : 21.63 miles (34.61 km)
Trip Total: 2,984.39 miles (4,775.02 km)
Year Total: 1,033.16 miles (1,653.06 km)

I had an okay night camping out. There wasn't any wind. I wasn't that bothered by the noise from the nearby interstate. I crawled into my sleeping bag around 8 pm. I did wake up around 11 pm to relieve my bladder. I was pretty surprised that I stayed asleep till around 6:30 am. The sun came up around 7:00 am. I was able to get my tent packed up without much problem.

I was hoping to get on the road by around 7:30 am but I wasn't able to because the rear tire was flat. I didn't find anything sticking up from the inside of the tire. I took the time to put in one of the new innertubes that I had bought in Benson, AZ. The old innertube had already three patches on it.

It was around 8:20 am when I got back on the frontage road East of the interstate. I had put on my jacket on because it was a little chilly. In less than a mile stretch of road, I had almost 3 dozen cyclists ride passed me. None of them had any racks or panniers. I did see a sign for some kind of bike ride.

I had a gradual climb up to Picacho Pass (1,800 feet above sea level). Beyond that I road passed Picacho Peak. I took quite a few pictures of the mountain. I stopped at the gas station at the next interchange to use the restroom. Before getting to the gas station, there was a stranded motorist in a van. There was a sign next to a large plastic gas station that said "Out of Gas, Out of Food, Need Prayers".I was going to stop to see if I could do something but there were two large dogs that looked kind of mean. At least, they were being held off the road by chains and collars. There didn't seem to be anybody around the van except for the dogs.

I took some pictures inside of the store of another jackalope and a large buffalo head. In the parking lot of the gas station-store there was another guy who looked like he was stranded. There was a kind of shelter built over the rear storage bed and the truck's engine hood was up. It was warm enough for me to take my jacket off.

About a half mile beyond the gas station, I started to go downhill and I hit a really good section of roadway that had been recently redone. I was coasting and pedaling around 11 mph. About 4 miles out of Eloy, the frontage road ended and I got on AZ 87 and crossed over the railroad tracks. Just passed the railroad tracks, AZ 84 split off and it would take me through Eloy to Casa Grande.

I got into Eloy around 11 am. I lost 245 feet in elevation from Picacho Pass. I saw a sign for the United Methodist Church. The service was a little over halfway done when I got into the church. The pastor was about half way through his sermon. The sermon was about being "Be'ers" instead of just "Do'ers". Afterwards, there was a brief time where the floor was open for people to speak. I took the time to introduce myself and I was able to share for a few minutes. This is my 8th church for the year. There was communion after that. After the service, there was a brief trustees meeting afterwards because there was a discussion on how to take care of a leaking parsonage roof so I had to wait to talk to the pastor. The pastor commutes from Mesa near Phoenix. After the trustee meeting, I got permission to stay in the church for the rest of day and tonight. One of the trustees live close by and he has offered to bring me supper.

I'll be taking a really short day to Casa Grande tomorrow. It would be too far to ride to Gila Bend. Gila Bend is 69 miles away. Casa Grande is a little over 15 miles away. From Casa Grande, I'll have about a 27 mile ride on AZ 84 to where I'll get on the shoulder of I-8 for the rest of the way across AZ to Yuma and then into CA. Once I get on the shoulder of I-8, I'll be riding through the Northern section of the Sonoran Desert National Monument. I'll have about a 36 mile ride along the shoulder of I-8 to Gila Bend.

From Gila Bend, I'll have about a 45 mile ride along the shoulder of I-10 until Aztec (MP 73) where I'll be able to get on frontage roads and Old US 80 for the ride through Dateland and Wellton to Liguria (MP 21). From Liguria (MP 21), I'll have a 7 mile ride back on I-8 through the Telegraph Pass area and then I can get back on frontage roads and BUS I-8 for the rest of the ride through the Yuma area and into Winterhaven, CA. I'll have to find a spot to camp out in the Dateland area.



Feb 06, 2017 : Eloy, AZ to Stanfield, AZ : 31.16 miles (49.86 km)
Trip Total: 3,015.55 miles (4,824.88 km)
Year Total: 1,064.32 miles (1,702.91 km)

I had an okay night afternoon at the church. Tom came by on his bicycle around 6 pm with some chicken wings and hotdogs and some other stuff that I'll take along with me. It was good being in a warm room. I wish that I had gotten more sleep but I had two much caffeine in my system from the two cokes that I drunk for supper.

I woke up early again. Something kind of told me to check out Alice. The rear tire was flat. I did another sink bath test to see where the pinhole leak was in the tube. I didn't feel anything sticking up from the inside of the tire. I thought that I would try something different and cover the inside of the tire with electrical tape. Hopefully, this will stop the tube to be punctured.

I left the church a little after 7 am. The sky was pretty overcast. I wasn't sure that it was going to rain but I had seen red clouds in the sky at sunrise. The ride to Casa Grande was a little rough because the road especially the shoulder was pretty bad. The shoulder was really cracked in the Southern part of Casa Grande.

I got into downtown Case Grande around 10:30 am. I had lost 157 feet in elevation from Eloy. I did two large laps around the downtown area to see where the churches were. The biggest church was the Catholic Church. I found the First Baptist Church but it was kind of small and it didn't have an office. There were signs for an ELCA and a Presbyterian Church but they met in conference rooms of a bank. I didn't have any idea where the Methodist church was because there were no signs. I did see an old church building that looked like it was being used as a homeless shelter. There were quite a few guys hanging around it and there were several large stuffed shopping carts near the building. Also, there were quite a few more homeless people in the downtown area. I decided to head out of town on the way to Gila Bend. There is a small town of Stanfield about 12 miles to the West.

The ride to Standfield went sort of okay. From Eloy, I made 26 miles by noon. I got within three miles of Stanfield when the rear tire went soft again. I still can't find anything inside the tire. I patched up another pin hole leak. On the way into Stanfield, I rode passed a really big cattle feedlot that must have had several thousand cows. Most of the cattle were young black and white Jersey cows. I was able to take some pictures of them standing in a row along the fence line of the feed lot.

I got into Stanfield around 1 pm. I stopped at a small Mexican grocery store for a few things. I saw a sign for the First Baptist Church. The church was near the elementary school. I was able to get in contact with the pastor. He came to the church and let me stay in the fellowship hall for the night.

I'm about 12 miles from where I'll be getting on the shoulder of I-8. Once I get on the shoulder of I-8, I'll be riding through the Northern section of the Sonoran Desert National Monument. I'll have about a 36 mile ride along the shoulder of I-8 to Gila Bend. Along the way to Gila Bend, I'll be losing over 660 feet in elevation. I would have lost 3,750 feet in elevation from Benson, AZ.

From Gila Bend, I'll have about a 45 mile ride along the shoulder of I-10 until Aztec (MP 73) where I'll be able to get on frontage roads and Old US 80 for the ride through Dateland and Wellton to Liguria (MP 21). From Liguria (MP 21), I'll have a 7 mile ride back on I-8 through the Telegraph Pass area and then I can get back on frontage roads and BUS I-8 for the rest of the ride through the Yuma area and into Winterhaven, CA. I'll have to find a spot to camp out in the Dateland area.



Feb 07, 2017 : Stanfield, AZ to Gila Bend, AZ : 48.79 miles (78.06 km)
Trip Total: 3,064.25 miles (4,902.80 km)
Year Total: 1,113.02 miles (1,780.83 km)

I had a sort of a good afternoon and night at the First Baptist Church. I spent most of the time in the kitchen. There was a wireless digital camera in the fellowship hall because the room was also used as a waiting room for a free medical clinic. There wasn't a camera in the kitchen and storage room. There was a small table and chair in the kitchen so I didn't venture out into the fellowship hall till after dark but I didn't turn on the lights. There was enough light for me to get into the restroom after dark. I didn't turn the light on in the kitchen because of the neighbors next door.

The heat had been turned off so the room was a little cool. The pastor had given me permission to eat what I could find in the kitchen and the storage room. Instead of using my sleeping pad, I used a large horse blanket as a pad for my sleeping bag. I went to bed early. I woke up around 10 pm with a sore throat. Before falling asleep, I took a couple aspirin. Between 10 pm and midnight, I woke up a couple of times. After falling asleep again, I was surprised at sleeping till around 6 am. There was enough light to pack up without using any lights. I was happy to see the rear tire still up.

The sun started to come up around 7 am. I got out of the fellowship hall before the room got bright enough for the digital camera. Before leaving Stanfield, I stopped at the Circle K.

The ride towards I-8 went okay. I was gradually climbing. I rode passed several large feed lots and a dairy. The pastor at the First Baptist Church yesterday told me that these feed lots took care of at least 80,000 cows each. The dairy was supposed to have over 60,000 milk cows that they milked every day. I stopped to take some pictures of some of the cows at one of the feed lots and a short video.

AZ 84 ended near the top of Tabletop Mountain. I stopped at a picnic area about a mile down I-8 for a short break. I rode through the Sonoran Desert National Monument. By noon, I had ridden around 23 miles. I stopped at the interchange to take a lunch break at a dead end road.

The afternoon ride went okay. It was warm enough that I was able to take my jacket off. There was a long downhill run to Gila Bend. I stopped several times to take some pictures of wild flowers. I got off of I-8 onto Bus 8 about five miles East of Gila Bend. Before heading into Gila Bend, I stopped at a gas station for a short break. The gas station had a lot of tall statues made out of welded metal. There were a lot of dinosaurs.

It was around 4 pm when I got into Gila Bend. I stopped at a Dollar General to get a few things. About a half mile from the Dollar General, I got stopped by a guy who wanted to talk to me. He told me that he was a Christian and he wanted to slip me a small GH.

I rode around town some. The town didn't look like there were going to be any big churches. I stopped at the First Baptist Church. There was an RV motorhome behind the church. The motorhome was owned by an 82 year old singing evangelist and his wife. I found out that the pastor didn't live in town. The guy tried to contact one of the deacons of the church to see if he would come by to talk to me. Since I didn't know for sure if this was going to happen, I decided to call a friend in NY because he told me to call him if I needed any help. It was getting close to 5 pm and I didn't know where the police station was. My friend was able to get me a room at one of the local motels.

From Gila Bend, I'll have about a 45 mile ride along the shoulder of I-10 until Aztec (MP 73) where I'll be able to get on frontage roads and Old US 80 for the ride through Dateland and Wellton to Liguria (MP 21). From Liguria (MP 21), I'll have a 7 mile ride back on I-8 through the Telegraph Pass area and then I can get back on frontage roads and BUS I-8 for the rest of the ride through the Yuma area and into Winterhaven, CA. I'll have to find a spot to camp out in the Dateland area.



Feb 08, 2017 : Gila Bend, AZ to Dateland, AZ : 53.89 miles (86.22 km)
Trip Total: 3,118.14 miles (4,989.02 km)
Year Total: 1,166.91 miles (1,867.06 km)

I had a sort of a good night at the motel. The room was a little rough and there was an old style tv. I didn't think that there was going to be much breakfast because I saw a broken juice machine in the breakfast area. I was hoping to get on the road around 7:30 am but I couldn't get out the door. The locking on the inside of the room was broken. It didn't want to disengage. I had to call the office on my cell phone to have somebody come and get me out. I waited for 10 minutes till an Indian guy finally came and let me out of the room. I'm so happy that there wasn't an emergency last night. There was no smoke detector in the room.

I rode to the West side of town and stopped at the McDs for a light breakfast. It was a little after 9 am when I finally headed out of town. The frontage road that I was hoping to get on wasn't there so I had to get on the shoulder of I-8. About 5 miles out of Gila Bend, I was able to ride on a frontage road on the South side of the interstate till the small town of Theda (exit 108). By noon, I had ridden about 21 miles.

The afternoon was a mixed bag. There was sort of a rough shoulder. About 19 miles out of Dateland, the rear tire went soft. It took a while finding the pinhole leak. It also took a while to find a really small piece of wire in the tire. The rest of the ride to Dateland went okay. I got into the Dateland area around 5 pm. There wasn't much in the area. On the North side of the interstate was a small school, a couple of houses, and plenty of open land. On the Side of the interstate, was a date tree grove, a combination gas station, gift shop, fast food places, and an RV park. The RV park didn't look appealing because there was a dirt road. After going to the rest room, getting something cool to drink, I went back to the other side of the interstate and went into the open land to find some place to camp out. I must have hit something sharp because the rear tire qent flat. I quickly fixed the rear tire before I started the process of putting up the tent. I got the tent finally up a little after dark. I'm glad that it was still Winter and cool because there were no poisonous snakes or insects like scorpions to deal with.

My goal for tomorrow is to ride to the Wellton area. That would put me about 30 miles away from Yuma. I'm about 35 miles away from the CA State line.



Feb 09, 2017 : Dateland, AZ to Welltown, AZ : 25.99 miles (41.58 km)
Trip Total: 3,144.13 miles (5,030.61 km)
Year Total: 1,192.90 miles (1,908.64 km)

I had a sort of a good night camping out in my tent. At least there was no wind to challenge the broken pole section. It didn't get that cold. In fact, the sleeping bag was a little too warm and I found myself sweating a little. I was hoping that this was sweating and getting rid of the cold that I got a couple of nights ago staying in the cold fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church in Stanfield. I slept pretty well through the night. I was surprised that it was almost 7:30 am when I finally got out of the sleeping bag. I took my time packing up the tent. Before packing up Alice, I thought that I would recheck my repair job on the rear wheel that I did before it got too dark. I'm glad that I did because the valve stem was a little crooked and it could have resulted in a valve stem cut.

It was almost 8:30 am when I got back on the road and went back across the interstate to gas station-store to go to the restroom and to also fill up my water bottles. I got took some pictures of the date trees and found almost a dollar of Road Manna in the parking lot. I got into a brief conversation with a motorist. Before he left, he slipped me a small GH.

The frontage road that I was hoping to ride along wasn't there. It was just a dirt and stone road so I had to get back on the interstate. I rode along the shoulder of I-8 for about 13 miles before I was able to get on to the old US 80 that I would ride to Wellton and maybe to Tacna at MP 21 before having to get back on I-9 for the ride through the Telegragh Hill area.

I was hoping to get maybe 20 miles in by noon but this didn't happen. A couple of miles along old US 80, the rear tire went soft again. I didn't have a spare new innertube. The remaining innertube was a really thin one. It took a while finding the hole and patching it up. I got maybe 4 more miles down the road, the rear tire went soft again. I put patches on every lottle wear spot that I could find. About four more miles down the road, the rear tire went soft again. It was almost 3:30 pm. I tried and tried finding the hole in the tire but the air left the tube so quick that I didn't have time to check out where the hole was. The hole seemed to be bigger than normal. I tried and tried to possibly hitch a ride into Wellton but I wasn't able to. The speed limit was 65 and people just sped passed me. The only option to try was to call 911. This was the first time that I called for assistance. The lady that I talked to told me that she was dispatch a Yuma County deputy to come and check on me. The deputy showed up in about 20 minutes. We loaded Alice and my gear in the back of his truck and he took me into Wellton. I learned that the gentleman has been a deputy for 16.5 years after being in the Marine Corps for 21.5 years.

I was dropped at the Del Rio Grocery store on the East side of Wellton. The grocery store had a small hardware section. They did sell bike tubes but they didn't have 26 inch inner tubes. One of the store ladies went back into the Warehouse storeroom to check but they didn't have any 26 inner tubes. I was able to locate the hole in the tube and I patched it up. I only added enough pressure to be able to walk it but not ride on it. I'm going to try and find someplace to stay tonight and then try and get a ride tomorrow for the rest of the ride into Yuma. I heard that there was a bike shop in town and possibly a Walmart.

I happened to see the Assembly of God outside of the parsonage next to the church. The pastor offered to get me a room at the Microtel south of the interstate. Along the way to the motel, I had to stop and fill up the rear tire three times. I'll have to try and find the leak in the tube tomorrow morning.

There is a WS member in Yuma but they are not available to host between the 8th and 15th of this month. There are a lot of CS members in the Yuma but 9/10s of them haven't done anything to their profiles in over 2 years. Some haven't done anything in 5 years. There were just a few members with updated profiles but none of them had any addresses or phone numbers.

The people at TruePath has really messed up stuff. I've been hosted by them since 2014. Rev Sorenson is Iowa offered to pay my hosting fee as a yearly gift to my ministry. I got a strange email from TruePath saying that I was a new member. Access to my account has been suspended and I cannot update my site using ftp.



Feb 10, 2017 : Wellton, AZ to Wellton, AZ : 02.73 miles (04.37 km)
Trip Total: 3,146.86 miles (5,034.98 km)
Year Total: 1,195.63 5miles (1,913.01 km)

I had a sort of a okay night at the MicroTel. The room was okay except for the flat screen television being broken. Around 9:40 pm, maintenance finally appeared and switched out the television. I moved the furniture around so I could put Alice on her side. I found two small pinhole leaks and I patched them up before finally eating. I finished my spreadsheets and did my journaling. I was hoping to update my ministry website but I wasn't able to. I got some strange emails from my website hosting program telling me that they had suspended my account. I did find my ministry website still up.

It was almost midnight when I fell asleep. I woke up around 5 am. I was pretty upset when I found the rear tire flat again. I found out that there was some air leaking out from a couple of patches. I patched up the leaks with more patches. After getting Alice back on her two wheels, I took a shower, got dressed, and went downstairs for breakfast. The breakfast was okay with hot waffles and yogurt.

I'm glad that I took the time to check my bank balance. I was nearly out of money. I saw that TruePath had accidentally billed me three times for the domain name registration. I shot off an email and requested that I get a refund for almost $40. Hopefully, they will respond soon.

It was almost 8:30 am when I left the MicroTel and walked over to the nearby gas station. For a couple of hours, I tried to get a ride. There was one guy who offered to take me into Yuma but he had to go meet somebody. He told me that he would return in 45 minutes but he never showed. Around noon a guy on a small road grader showed up. He told me that there was a hardware store on the western edge of town. Instead of walking back into town, I got on Alice and risked the ride. While I was waiting, a lady came up to me to hand me a small GH. I used some of the money to buy a small patch kit from the gas station.

I was really happy to see that they had bike tubes and some my size. The tubes were a little thicker and they had some self-leaking fluid in them. I thought that I would buy two of them. The lady at the counter gave me a $2 discount on each of the tubes. She also gave me a small bottle of water.

It didn't take long to get the new innertube in place. Hopefully, I'll not have much problems with flats. It was around 2:30 pm when I had Alice fixed. It was over 80 and too hot to travel. I thought that I would try and connect with another local minister. The pastor at the Hispanic Assembly of God church offered to meet me at a small motel a couple of blocks away and get me a room for the night.



Feb 11, 2017 : Wellton, AZ to Yuma, AZ : 30.59 miles (48.94 km)
Trip Total: 3,177.45 miles (5,083.92 km)
Year Total: 1,226.22 5miles (1,961.95 km)

I had an okay afternoon and night at the motel. I was really surprised at how good the room was. It was a surprise that there was wifi. I went to bed really early around 7 pm. I got maybe six hours of sleep before I woke up to go to the restroom. I stayed up maybe a half hour but I was able to fall back asleep for a couple more hours. What probably woke me up was the light coming out of the bathroom because I didn't have the door closed. There was no curtain or blind covering the bathroom window. There was a street light near the bathroom window.

I woke up the second time but I was wide awake. I finished during my journaling and taking care of the photos that I've taken during the past couple of days. I also did some more work on the broken pole section of the tent. Hopefully, this repair will last a long time and be better than taping taping tent stakes onto the pole sectiom.

It was a long wait for daylight. I left the motel around 7:40 am. It was a little cool but I would try and leave my coat off. Hopefully, I'll have no problems with flat tires. I finished up old US 80. The shoulder was pretty rough and there were a lot of large cracks.

Along the way to I-8, I stopped to take some pictures of some large truck farms. I saw large fields of either asperigus or brocolli. Yuma County is America's Winter Vegetable Capitol. About 90 percent of all the leafy vegetables grown in the U.S. from November through March are grown in and around the Yuma area. The Yuma County area is home to nine salad plants that produce bagged lettuce and salad mixes. During peak production months, each of those plants processes more than two million pounds of lettuce per day.

From where Old US 80 joined I-8, I started to go through the Telegraph Pass area. In about three miles, I went from a couple of hundred feet above sea level to 787 feet above sea level. I left the Mohawk Valley. It was pretty impressive looking to the North and seeing all of the green fields in the valley. The gap in the pass was really narrow. There is a "wrong way" segment east of Yuma where the westbound and eastbound lanes cross over each other. It was really interesting seeing the East bound traffic to the right of me instead of being to the right. The West bound lanes go over the East bound lanes twice. Telegraph Pass is the only mountainous section of I-8 Through the Gila Mountains. The original highway (US 80) followed the Union Pacific railroads around the mountains but in 1930 the road was rerouted through the pass. The eastbound side is posted 45MPH for trucks, with a large "tipping truck" warning sign. The East bound lanes follow the old US 80. Instead of riding West through the Pass, I opted to walk up to the top of the Pass because the shoulder was narrow and there was a lot of debris. It didn't take me long to get to the top of the Pass. There was a 6% grade for 2 miles. I was through the Pass in about a half hour.

Once I got over the Pass, there was about an eight mile coast down into the Foothills of Yuma. By noon, I had ridden 22 miles. I was goinh downhill to 141 feet above sea level. I got off of I-8 at exit 9 so I could get on BUS I-8. I stopped at a Walmart to get a few groceries. The ride the rest of the way into Yuma was kind of flat. Along the way, I rode passed some large citrus groves. The groves were kind of interesting because the trees were more box like instead of round. The sides and tops were trimmed off. I guess this is for the use of automated citrus packing machines. There was a little rain so I stopped to get my jacket on. I stopped at a motel where I had made a reservation using some of my Wyndham Reward points.

For the week, I've ridden 214.69 miles from Red Rock, AZ. I'm about three miles from the CA State line. Not too sure where I'll got to church tomorow. Once I cross into CA, I'll be gaining an hour because I'm going into the Pacific Time Zone. I'll be also riding through the Fort Yuma-Quechan Indian Reservation. Between the Indian reservation and Holtville, I'll be riding through the White Sands area and also getting really close to the Mexican Border. I have a 175.0 mile ride between the AZ State line and Chula Vista and then I'll start the 1,027.4 mile ride up the California Coast to the OR state line. I would have ridden 188.15 more miles in CA than what I rode across TX. From where I turn Northwards, I'll be 6.8 miles North of the Mexican Border.



Feb 12, 2017 : Yuma, AZ to Yuma, AZ : 02.93 miles (04.70 km)
Trip Total: 3,180.39 miles (5,088.62 km)
Year Total: 1,229.16 miles (1,966.66 km)

I had an okay afternoon and night at the motel. I had to go to the office to change rooms before I moved Alice into a room. The first room was bad. There were two cigarette burns in the bedspread and the room was too small to put Alice into. The second room that I got was closer and was bigger and nicer. There was a cigarette burn in the bedspread. I took quite a few cold pills and aspirin. I went to bed around 9 pm.

I woke up around 4:30 am feeling a lot better. Around 6:45 am, I went to the office to see what was there for breakfast. There wasn't much (just juices and wrapped pastries).

I left the motel a little after 8 am. It was about a three mile ride into the downtown area. I decided to stop at the First Presbyterian Church. I had seen some good reviews about the church. I got to the church around 8:30 am. There was some friendly people to see in the choir. I found out that the church didn't have a pastor. The pastor had retired and the church membership is too small to even hire a half-time pastor. They are going to have a guest speaker who is a Christian radio performer in town. There were probably 4 dozen people there. I was one of the youngest people there. During the beginning of the service, I was introduced and was given the chance to stand in front of the congregation and speak for about 4 minutes. The guest speaker was okay but he was kind of long-winded.

There was a fellowship time afterwards. I was given the chance to spend the night in the fellowship hall but somebody is going to come by tomorrow morning to unlock the front gate to let me out. They left what food was left for me especially the fruit and there is wifi.

There was a Unitarian Universalist meeting in one of the upper rooms. I was invited to go to it. It was really strange. There was a moderator instead of a minister. The song book had songs that were Christian, Jewish, and other religions. The Doxology had the same musical tune as the Christan one but had different words. There were things about Jewish holidays in their song book. Most of the people were snowbirds. Their meetings will go on till the beginning of April.

I'm about three miles from the CA State line. Once I cross into CA, I'll be gaining an hour because I'm going into the Pacific Time Zone. I'll be also riding through the Fort Yuma-Quechan Indian Reservation. Between the Indian reservation and Holtville, I'll be riding through the White Sands area and also getting really close to the Mexican Border. I have a 175.0 mile ride between the AZ State line and Chula Vista and then I'll start the 1,027.4 mile ride up the California Coast to the OR state line. I would have ridden 188.15 more miles in CA than what I rode across TX. From where I turn Northwards, I'll be 6.8 miles North of the Mexican Border.



Feb 13, 2017 : Yuma, AZ to El Centro, CA : 03.86 miles (06.18 km)
Trip Total: 3,184.25 miles (5,094.80 km)
Year Total: 1,233.02 miles (1,972.83 km)

I had an okay afternoon and night in the fellowship hall of the First united Methodist Church. There was food in the refrigerator and drinks and wifi access. I was pretty set up. I put my sleeping bag down between two rows of tables next to an electrical outlet. I kept a low light profile because both of the doors to the fellowship hall were class and they didn't have any blinds to cover them. I was able to get the room warm.

I went to sleep around 8:40 pm. I woke up maybe twice to go to the restroom but I was able to fall back asleep till around 5 am. I got cleaned up and had some breakfast. I was hoping to head out around 7:30 am but the guy who was supposed to lock the front gate had forgotten. I called his cell phone number and he came in about 10 minutes. Before I headed out, we talked about the church. The last full time pastor retired about 3.5 years ago. They had a full time interim minister but he's been gone about a year. The congregation just can't afford a full-time minister. During the Winter months, they might have 60 people on a Sunday and during the Summer months the number drops down to around 25. The meet in the fellowship hall during the summer months because the air conditioning unit in the sanctuary broke a couple of years ago and they can't afford to replace it. Bill told me that the church could pay somebody a total of $40K / year (salary and compesentation (insurance). They had been hoping for somebody who can come in part-time and have a second job like a chaplain at a hospital. bill and I talked for about 15 minutes.

From the church, it was a short walk to the Colorado River. I had plans to cross it and then try and make my way along I-8 to Holtville but there was a warning signs that bicyclists were not allowed on the shoulder of I-8 from the CA state to El Centro, CA because of road construction. There was a sign in the parking lot of the Quartermaster fort museum grounds that there was a free shuttle service for cyclists. I called the number and was told that a bus would be sent out from El Centro and it would be at least an hour before it arrived in Yuma, AZ to pick me up. Because I had some time, I walked Alice halfway across the bridge over the Colorado River to the CA state sign so I could have a picture of Alice at the state sign.

The bus didn't arrive till around 10:30 am (MST). It was a short thirty passenger bus with a bike rack in front. I was pretty wary about the bike rack but the driver assured me that Alice would fit on the rack and it would be safe. I did have to take pretty well everything off of it including my bungees. I took several pictures of Alice. It was really strange seeing her stick out maybe four feet in front of the bus. Hopefully, the driver wouldn't have to make that many sudden quick stops.

It took me quite a few trips to get all of my gear inside of the bus. It took up two front rows of seats behind the driver. I sat up on the front row opposite the driver. The driver told me that the last time he had to pick up another cross-country cyclists was about a month ago. It was good that there was a free shuttle service because there would have been no way for me to make the attempt to ride. The construction process has been going on for a couple of years. The West bound lanes were being redone in concrete. There were three work zones along the 55 mile stretch of highway. In some areas, there was one lane of traffic while in some places the old frontage road had been redone for two lanes of traffic going one way. What frontage road that was leftover wasn't fit to even drive a car on because of all of the pot holes and cracks.

I reset my watch and my electronic gear because at the CA state line, I had crossed into the Pacific Time Zone. It was interesting that they had free wifi on the bus. I got my cell phone connected and was able to send off one email and did some short browsing. It was too bumpy to do much finger typing on the cell phone.

I was really surprised that in one stretch of interstate we got to within several hundred feet away from the Mexican border. The border wall stretches all of the way from Yuma, AZ to San Diego, CA. Along the way, there were a lot of large truck farms for leafy vegetables. A lot of the fields were being harvested by migrant workers. I had planned to ride I-8 as far as the Evan Hewes Highway (S115) into Holtville and then get on S80 for the ride into El Centro but all of the exit ramps had pretty well been closed and under repair till we got into El Centro.

I got dropped off at the main transportation plaza in downtown El Centro. This bus ride had saved me about 1.5 days of ride. It was around 10:40 am (PTZ) when I had Alice loaded up again. I didn't really feel like heading out from El Centro. I thought that I would try and connect with a minister. It took a while trying to locate the churches downtown.

I stopped at the FUMC but the pastor was out till around 1 pm. I was able to talk with the pastor at the MO Synod Lutheran Church. He didn't think that he could do much for me because he has only been in the area for six months and most of the church facilities had been rented out during the weekdays to a school that had a pre-school and after-school program. The minister did make me a map to some of the churches close by. I rode around a bit to check out the other churches. I then went back to the FUMC to wait for the pastor to come back.

I got permission to stay in the youth room on the second floor of the education building. I was given access to what drinks and food there was in the kitchen and also the wifi password.

My goal for tomorrow it to ride to at least Jacumba. That's the place were I had stopped at the last time I was through this area back on Dec 09, 2006. The hardest part would be to get through In-Koh-Pah Gorge in the Pacific Cascade Range with a climb up to around 3,000 feet above sea level. There would be a 500 foot drop in elevation from where I got off I-80 onto Old US 80 and Jacumba. Because of the bus ride today, I could be in the Chula Vista area Thursday.



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