Day Six, Dateland to Gila Bend, AZ

Rained all night in Dateland making the campground into a literal lake. Luckily as long as no cars drove through the lake that was the road in front of our tent washing muddy water into it we stayed semi dry except when we had to wade through it to get to the bathroom and breakfast. Once out of camp and on the road it was 70 miles of fairly uneventful highway. Good weather not hot, breaks at good times, a few stops along the way to refuel. All was good.

The event of the day was in the evening at Gila Bend. We stayed in a nice updated KOA campground that was Shangra La compared to Dateland. After an hour cleaning the bike of all the mud and grunge we went to dinner. After Dinner during our meeting Richard showed up. What a welcome sight to see my favorite oldest brother. He asked what we needed so we gave him a list, mostly bike cleaning supplies, and he stayed and mingled with the folks we were riding with. It was great to see Richard as it always is.

The real event of this day was the night. We were in tents and the weather got intense. Thunder and lightning with heavy rain all night. We laughed at our predicament and held each other tight all night. I got up about 2 AM because I couldn’t hold it any longer if you know what I mean, there was a river running through our camp about 6 inches deep and fifteen feet wide two tents away that I had to wade through to get to the clubhouse bathroom. Some of the tents were moved and those people finished the night in the clubhouse. The water got about an inch high around our tent which had everything touching the floor wet. Storm was gone by morning thank goodness.