Our day began before 5 am and we were on the road from Lauglin, NV at 5:15. We drove back to the AZ Hwy 95 / I-40 intersection, filled the van with gas once again and started riding at 6:30 am on Interstate 40. The sky was clear, the temperature was a pleasant 82 degrees.
Our first break was at 8 am at a rest area. As we parked, we noticed a guy and his mother beside us in a van with a trailer. We soon realized that they had 2 flats on the trailer and were phoning for help. He was trying to get the trailer disconnected from the van but it was stuck. Russ lent a helping hand and together they got it disconnected. Today we had the opportunity to "do unto others", it's a good feeling. We saw them later pass us by in their van probably on the way to repairs; we hope and pray they got the tires fixed and made it back to the trailer and are on their way. Too many times we are in such a hurry in life and our own business, I know we have missed opportunites to help others. Lord, help us to open our eyes to those you want us to reach out to.
We took a couple more breaks this morning in the only shade you can find in the desert...under the overpasses!
There seemed to be a bit more life in the desert and the mountains really are beautiful. During the course of the day the elevation changed from 560 to 4000 feet. Lots of gradual climbing.
As we came into town, there was a BIG hill! It really doesn't look that bad in the picture, but in real life, it was STEEP!
After swimming and a bit of rest, Russ decided since there seemed to be a strong tail wind he would ride some more. We headed out once again at 2:45, it was 105 degrees. The wind seemed to blow him right along. We turned from Route 66 back onto I-40 east. Unfortunately, the shoulder was VERY rocky and rough and Russ had to ride the white line while I followed straddling the line to protect him. The traffic was HEAVY and seemed to be flying. Before we left the motel as we prayed together, I prayed for mechanical issues, strength, etc., I should have prayed for the road. This was a white knuckle, scared to death time for me. I had to just focus on what was ahead instead of looking in the rear view mirror to see what was coming. I just kept singing "Trust & Obey" over and over and praying that the people behind us would pay attention and pass us safely. We were safe and thank the Lord, after a few miles, Russ was able to get on the shoulder again. Once again, I'm reminded to keep my eyes and focus on the Lord and trust in Him.
We ate dinner, then stopped at Safeway to pick up more bananas...we are up to 45 now! As the guys were waiting for me to come out of the grocery store, there were interesting passengers & driver in a motor home across from them!
Thank you for your prayers, it is so encouraging to know you hold us up in prayer.
Until tomorrow, blessings to you!
Russ & Carol