Russ began to ride at 7:15, it was 85 degrees. Our first break was after 15 miles @ the US hwy 160 turnoff as we headed toward Tuba City, by then it was 88 degrees. We arrived in Tuba City about 9:30 and stopped at McDonalds for a wild berry smoothie...YUM!!!
We went through a variety of terrain, mountains, desert, some areas with more trees.
We saw a few cattle, horses and sheep grazing in pretty dry looking "pastures". Some parts of the road were excellent, with a large, smooth shoulder. Other parts were rough with little or no shoulder. I felt particularly protected today. Each time that I looked ahead and saw a portion of the road where drivers may have a difficult time seeing us or getting around us...there were no cars behind us in that spot! Coincidence? I don't think so, God is in control!
This afternoon giant, puffy clouds floated above us sometime shading us as we traveled so the heat was not so intense, just 96 degrees as we ended at 1:00.
By the end of the ride for the day Russ had ridden 70 miles, 40 miles beyond Tuba City where we are spending the night at the Quality Inn. We stopped at the grocery store to stock up on bread, peanut butter & bananas...but the store was out of bananas! Hopefully tomorrow in Kayenta they will have a store with bananas in stock, we only have 2 left!
Tonight Russ has spent some extra time looking ahead at our route in Colorado. When he checked for wildfires, the website showed one is in our path so we will check it tomorrow night and decide if we will alter our route into New Mexico.
Thank you so much for your prayers, we can feel them!
Until tomorrow, we'll keep pedalling!
Russ & Carol