Day Five, Yuma to Dateland, AZ

Yuma to Dateland. Started in the rain but the day cleared up after a while so not too bad. Weaving through farm land with some muddy flooded roads and then onto the I-8 freeway most of the day. Bumpy roads today too. Had lunch at a roadside burger joint that was the highlight of the day. Other than that a lot of farm land and desert. Dateland’s big thing is a Date Shake at the one convenience store truck stop. They also had a cactus shake so we had both. They were both good mainly because we were starving. The cactus was close to a weak cherry flavor and the Date shake was like a weak chocolate flavor. Maybe because one was pink and the other brown. On to Gila Bend tomorrow.

Day Three, Jacumba to Calexico, CA

Day three began leaving Jacumba, CA. The fun thing about Jacumba was the giant community hot tub we got to sit in after riding all day. Great people and conversation. Jacumba is a virtual ghost town on the border of Mexico with two open businesses. A convenience store and a Hot springs hotel where we stayed. It was nice and with our sore muscles it was a wonderful thing to enjoy. After the hot tub it was a shower, dinner, prep for the next day and then to bed. We did squeeze in a walk of the town that consisted of two blocks on shut down buildings so it didn’t take long.

The ride today was a climb of 1,100 feet then a huge downhill on the freeway I-8 where we reached 39 MPH blowing past everyone. Lots of fun after being passed by most on the climbing portions of the trip. The bike is solid and stable working well. With close to 340 combined pounds on the bike we are one of the slower riders on the up hill. Hold our own on the level and blow past everyone on the downhills keeping us about average overall. Its nice to have a group all wearing the same safety vests so we can see those ahead to know where we are going. They do a nice job of marking the roads but there were a lot of turns through San Diego that it was really nice to be in the pack.

It was interesting riding along the border of the country. Seeing the fence and the Border patrol. They are very active in watching out with trucks, Suv’s and some even on horseback. They drag tires through the washes to smooth out the sand each day so they can watch and follow fresh footprints. — Steve

Calexico, CA was our first Indoor stay of our trip. We all stayed in the auditorium in our air mattresses. It worked out well. The students hosted dinner and breakfast as a way to raise money for their school. Many of the students live in Mexico and walk across to Calexico each day. Their stories were inspiring of hard work, dreams and ambitions. We walked the streets before dinner and found a cute little restaurant to eat. That evening after dinner we heard from one of their teachers and the principal.

This was hanging in their school – it reads: I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world. Malala Your power is your radical self.

Today we cycled 51 miles. Making our total so far — 136 miles! Although we’ve cycled more miles in a row … three days is the longest we have ridden back to back days! We are so grateful for this experience.