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Arizona...2 states to go

Slip slidin' away....the curves are deliciously

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Hello folks,
Hoping to get a little writing done while sitting at the afternoon water stop waiting for the team. ( they are 5 miles out) we are at the side of the road on top of a hill so I actually have 4 bars and 3G. We left New Mexico for Arizona today. The Whitewater Lodge was a homey little place in Glenwood, NM.
Videos from yesterday:

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We were greeted by critters, motorcycle travelers and a wonderful home cooked breakfast at The Golden Girl Cafe.

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Our pony riders continue to keep up their tech skills after a hard day on tour.

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The riders started at 7:30 again this morning after breakfast in our rooms. What a beautiful day and the scenery was spectacular . We rode out of the mountains and into the desert today. Temps here soared to 88 and the riders were back in shorts and shirt sleeves.

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Here is the view of one of the declines as we rode through sections of both the Apache and Gila National Forests.

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Evelyn and I met up with the team right at the Arizona border...perfect timing.

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After another few miles we had lunch at a little three way cafe, and I use that term lightly. Sandwiches and a few chips and cookies still seem to satisfy the riders.

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The curves kept coming and of course every rider's joy- the cattleguards in the middle of the road!

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We watched the GPS to see what was ahead for the riders. Look at that orange line!

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There were plenty of climbs and descents.

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We saw some cactus on the roadside and also came upon a father and two sons. The 13 year old had just shot his first deer. He couldn't stop smiling.

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Evelyn wanted me to put the deer pic up and tell you that this SAG team hunts down the supper before preparing our evening meal.. She has been such a joy to have along and I am ever so grateful to get to know her better.

The riders have stopped for their last water break and will finish the last 19 miles to the hotel. Ev and I are headed to the hotel, a Best Western, to check out laundry and pizza, IC, and Dan's beer.

Back with the stats of the day in an hour.

We rode 84.7 miles at 11.9 mph. We were in saddle for 7 hours and 8 minutes. Our accomplishments for the day include crossing our sixth state, 7 category climbs- ( 3 CAT 3's, 3 CAT 4's and 1 CAT 5.) We made our most thrilling descent so far. We have less than 600 miles remaining which means we have already finished 2000 miles. The team needed this day after the hard days preceding this. The climbs, descents and lack of gusting winds was refreshing. I think everyone came back today feeling jazzed.

I am including a few videos showing the rides today.

Goodnight to all from Pacific time, we are now three hours ahead of most of you.
Brenda and the Pony Riders

Posted by brendagerber07 15:45 Archived in USA

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You guys are doing great...can't believe you are almost there. Now, for the ride back. How is that going to work? The northern route? Are you going to stop and see Crystal in Arizona?

by Rachel Norton

Hi Brenda and Wynn- I've been following your trip daily, and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your daily blogs. You've finally made it to our "Hood". Welcome to Arizona and our clear, sunny, and starry skies. You're about one and a half to two hours north of us on your route. If circumstances allow, would love to meet up, maybe on your way back home. Crystal.

by Crystal Spicer

Thanks for the updates Brenda. I follow the blog every day. Looks like beautiful scenery. Go you guys!!!!

by Kim Gerber

Crystal, when would we be closest to you on our route? I doubt we will come through this way on the way home, but would we ever love to see you. My number is if you want to give a call. I will try to reach you tomorrow, if I don't hear from you tonight. Tomorrow we hope to hit Globe and then Tempe on Tuesday and Wickenburg/Aguila on Weds. It was so good to hear from you. We are having a ball.

by brendagerber07

What a great adventure! Sorry to see you leave the Land of Enchantment, but all the southwest scenery is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the videos. We have lots of large grasshoppers for the pudgy lizard to eat this year following the rains. The prickly pear cactus bears fruit used in jellies, syrup, etc. Correction on the time zone - AZ is still in the Mountain time zone, but AZ does not switch to Daylight Savings Time, except on the Navajo reservation, which does. No wonder folks are confused! (I think you're a couple of hours behind the folks back home in the east.) But it doesn't matter, as long as you are safe and having a good time. Enjoy! Cousin Eda

by Eda Weddington

Thank you so much for sharing God's country with us. You are such a blessing. We may never get to that side of our country and sharing your trip with us is wonderful. Thank you again, and be safe.

by Tony and Rose Barfield

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