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Ride was long and flat today.

82 °F
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82 miles at 13.9 mph and the riders were in the saddle for 5 hours and 52 minutes. Four more days and our bikes will hopefully be touching the Pacific Ocean. The ride from Phoenix to the starting point was through rush hour and it took us an hour to get our start. The riders took off and Ev and I headed back to Phoenix. She took a few bike tubes back (we had bought 10 thorn resistant tubes and that was too many and too expensive. So she returned a few. ) We got back on the road to find the riders for lunch. They were having a really good morning and had easily passed our lunch spot. We ended up eating in a driveway with dogs barking at us. The riders had one flat today (Colleen's rear tire) and we ended up picking them up and sagging 32 miles back to our hotel.


We saw our first real longhorn in a field today.


As we were ride along, we try to get individual shots of our riders. We saw the hotel that we were trying to get a reservation with...the Burro Jim Motel. It was suppose to be bike friendly. It was thankfully closed for remodeling. I'm so thankful that we didn't have to stay there! We are at a lovely Best Western in Wickenburg. We stayed right across from the Golden Nugget. A lot of famous people have eaten there and I will put up more on that tomorrow. We met up with our Uncle Herman and Aunt Marian from Prescott for a meal. He footed the bill for all of us. Thank you both!! We had a lovely meal and visit. I sure hope the National parks get opened by the weekend for your twentieth trip across the Grand Canyon.


Every once in a while the riders come upon other cyclists making their way from here to there. Many of these have panniers attached that appear to be heavy. I think our riders are glad to have a SAG along to carry the extras.


Our hotel tonight sports a Southwestern motif with many mosaics and a homey feel. I will show more from this picturesque town tomorrow.


So goodnight to all. Tomorrow's ride looks flat and straight and the winds seem comfortable. We will be entering our last state tomorrow- Sunny Calfornia. Pray for us as we look to complete the task and achieve the goal. We will need to keep our adrenaline under control and stay alert and aware of all that's happening around us. We are glad for those still leaving the occasional comments. The riders really enjoy hearing from you.
As Colleen said, today was a rolling recovery day. Hopefully we'll get another one tomorrow!
Brenda and the Ponies

Posted by brendagerber07 20:18

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Ron and I have been reading the blog each day, its been a real great adventure for all of you, the riders and the sag team. The goal is in sight, but stay focused everyone. Tonight I am wondering what we will do without the blog to look forward to. Brenda, you cannot stop writing until you pull into your driveway. We insist on continued coverage. What was the nightly rate at the Burro Motel?

by Joyce and Ron

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you ride closer to the prize. I have considered it a privilege to be included by blog on this amazing trip. Please accept my appreciation for a virtual vacation of a lifetime. You can do it!

by Jeanette Heaver

California, Here You Come!!! Entering Your Last State-" Fan" Tastic!!! God Speed And Continual Safety Blessings And Memory Making!!! :)

by Valerie

Pretty heady stuff...So close after so far...Please stay alert and upright. Praying for safe travel, tailwinds, strength for the up hills, caution on the downs, and laughter all along the way.

by Sandy Woosley

Seems like you enjoyed Arizona's unique sights. So glad to have you all passing through. What a way to see America. You guys are awesome!

by Crystal spicer

Enjoy seeing the Arizona pics. Glad you are getting some flat roads and mild winds. Praying God keeps you alert, safe and seeing His presence/ enjoying His creation throughout the rest of the ride. Phil

by Phil Schaffner

"Little Burro" Hotel is EXACTLY RIGHT!
Does little burro mean little box?

by Wendy Miller

If you are following the Southern Tier Route, the riders,when going down a grade, can think about me riding up that grade pulling a 50 pound trailer. I think they should show their gratitude to you by buying you something like a new car.

by Steve Woosley

Gary and I have been following your adventure. Congrats! What an amazing journey. Great pictures and thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Gail and Gary

by Gail Hayden

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