Day Seven, Gila Bend to Casa Grande, AZ

Today was 67 miles of relatively flat ground. We were blessed today as we timed the storms perfectly other than some light sprinkles pretty much staying dry. We were told by others that went before us and came in after us that they got caught in heavy rains. We were supposed to do 85 miles and stay in another campground tonight but the campground was flooded out so we stayed in a hotel and cut the day to a 67 mile day. Perfect. They had to double us up at the Hotel so we shared the room with Lee and Vickie another tandem bike couple. Lee had taught me how to clean our bikes the night before so it was great to share the room with them. Turns out the room had two bedrooms so we really only had to take turns in the bathroom. We spent the evening in the hotel laundry washing and drying all of our bedding and clothing. It was great to have everything clean and dry.

Coming in the last 5 miles the roads were flooded and cars and trucks were driving through them spraying water ten to fifteen feet in spots. We found an ally way about a half block away that paralleled the road so we were able to avoid the worst of it. That and then riding up on the sidewalk kept us relatively dry. The best thing I did to the bike to prepare for the trip was to have a front fender installed. It has paid huge dividends with all this wet riding.