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California Dreamin'

One more state to conquer

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Before we get started on today's ride, I must let you see some of the pictures from the Golden Nugget last night. Rumor has it that this place is haunted, but we didn't see any ghosts. We did see an 1800's building with the original chandelier and name plaques of the rich and famous that came through this place. I guess Wickenburg is the halfway stop between Phoenix and Las Vegas. Here we are seated with Wynn's Aunt Marian and Uncle Herman.


There were some beautiful mosaics around the hotel...Evelyn got a few of them.


We also saw some fruit trees and cafes


And here's a movie theatre for Karen.


This was such a cute little town with many statues and such depicting Wickenburg history.


As we travelled along we saw other things reminding us of bygone days.


And I love the cacti.


Today I passed through a town with my name.


We finished our ride through Arizona by riding into Quartzsite and met up with the riders for lunch. Ev and I finally got to eat at a Carl's Jr. For lunch.


And then a happy moment for all as we passed into our final state of California. The riders had a bit of fun and you can tell that they are sniffing out the finish line. It's getting real for them that the end is in sight, yet I've heard all of them say that they are not done, there is more to accomplish and that they must stay focused and stay upright!


Tonight we are staying at a Regency Inn and Suites in Blythe, CA. The riders decided to blaze on to Pale Verde and be sagged back to base. The ponies want to shave some miles off of Saturday's ride through the mountains. Three more days to ride...

Today's stats include:
100 Miles (yep, another century) , at 15.8 mph. Saddle time was 6 hours and 19 minutes. We are under miles to go. Tomorrow finds us riding to El Centro.

I hope to get a pony rider to write tonight...we'll see!
Brenda and the team

Dan here:
Today was a perfect ride. I want to dedicate it to my dear departed brother in law, Dave Anderson. He would have said YIPPEE!!!!
Arizona was a great riding state. California has been a really good start so far. We did a Silver Wheels open ride for the last miles of our century today.

Wynn - after struggling different times during this journey, it is nice to reflect that our goal is near and today, we were really able to ride at the end of the day like we know how to ride on good old Lorain County roads. The end of day ride was very much fun.

Colleen: "rejoice with those who rejoice". It was a very good day on the bike and the exultation and happiness was shared by all and evident in big smiles and laughter all around. Today was a gift, thank you Lord.

Posted by brendagerber07 17:07

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Hurray! What a wonderful ride you all are having! Thanks so much for allowing us to tag along. I may never make the trek, but I will always feel like I crossed the country with you! Can't wait to hear what the final few days hold in store. Ride 'em ponies! Love to all! Susan

by Susan Eavenson

Yeeee-haaaaa with yas !!!! Can see the JOY on your faces !!! You guys are Amazing!!!! Sooo Proud of you all!!! Brenda and Ev ---you are great help-mates to experience this with your spouses and to do what you do! All in it together for the journey!!!! What a wonderful team!!!! Prayers continued to the shore and home!!!! Love to all!!!

by Valerie

We are happy with you to see that California line! What an amazing journey and what strength God has given each of you--Brenda included!!

Can't wait to see the bike wheels in the Pacific :-)
You are really going to make it--with God all things are possible (the good ole Ohio motto)

by Brad and Sue

Your spirit of optimism is contagious! Riding thru this last state with you...
Praying, Margi

by Margi

WOW...I am so excited for all of you. Cannot even begin to imagine the joy as you hit the California state line. I have so enjoyed your reports every night...I don't shut iPad off without checking for your posting. Thanks for letting me follow along with all of you. Thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue and see the finish line ahead. Safe travels!

by Barbara Hartley

Wow! You all have many wonderful family and friends.
By the way you three zoomed through all the states so far, it almost looks like you could get to San Diego in two days. But rather than rush, do make it three so you're not too tired at the finish. Best wishes for good riding through the final state!! I'm going to miss the nightly reports once you're done. Maybe you could still post something when you go through the Grand Canyon on the way back. I've been there 3 times in my life but never had a chance to walk rim to rim. I'd love to see the north side.

by Wendy Miller

How exciting. Your final state. You all are so inspiring. It's been fun to travel virtually with you. Continuing to pray for your safety. I was telling my coworker and friend, John about your trip and he told me he did a similar ride across the States. He asked for your blog so he could go down memory lane. (Hi John, I hope you'll add a comment or two!) How cool is that? I agree your blog must continue. :-)

by Karen Schaffner

I can feel the joy you guy have...Make me have a HAPPY tear!!! I am so glad you all have gone that far with no MAJOR mishaps. GOD LOVE YOU ALL

by Karen F

It seems just like yesterday that you started this wonderful journey, it has passed so quickly. Best wishes for an easy and enjoyable coast to The Coast. We're putting a bottle of bubbly on ice to toast your accomplishment as soon as we know you splashed down safely. Keep Calm and Roll On! Eda

by Eda Weddington

Incredible journey. Makes me want to start planning an AT trip.

by michael yund

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