Today was a long day of cycling. I needed to cover 92 miles to stay on “track” and much of that was through the Imperial Desert. The winds were really high and I learned that they were a huge factor in this region of the country. I had climbed thousands of feet the days before to get over the mountains and was looking forward to a “flat” ride.
The winds ended up being in my favor and helped push me along at blazing speeds. I was about 50 miles into the ride when I came across the first person I have seen on a bike. Anne, a 27 year old from Boston, was riding from San Diego to Phoenix. It was nice to have someone to talk to, and I told her about my story and trip. She was really nice and we rode together for 20 miles or so.
I decided to press onto Blythe despite being tired, and ended up finding a place to stay on the hosting site. We ran into another cyclist that had stayed at the place the night before, and raved about the kindness showed to him. It was almost dark when I rolled up to the place that was a bait and tackle shop. It had a grassy area and trailers all around that was able to be used by cyclist – all for no cost. I couldn’t believe the hospitality shown on the road and I was given a shower and clean bed in which I promptly fell asleep in.
The next morning I woke up confused, thinking I surely would have to pay to have stayed there, and went to the Bait shop to buy some Gatorade and water before setting out to Salome. When I tried to pay for the drinks my money was refused and I was told to have a wonderful trip, and asked to sign a book that had been set up for traveling cyclists that had stayed there over the years. It was truly incredible that these people showed me such kindness not being cyclist or wanting anything in return. Thanks again Wayne! The B&B Bait Shop is the best bait shop ever!