Kingman to Wickenburg - Day 2

Trip Start Oct 28, 2007
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Trip End Oct 31, 2007


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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Friends and Family,

This was a pretty intense day on the bike with more than 100 miles of riding and approximately 4,000 ft of climbing through 5 passes.   The climbs were of the type that seemed relentless, and when you finally did crest a rise, rather than the expected down hill, there was a brief level section before another long climb.  By the fourth pass, I was silently weeping having hoped that the worst was over.  By the time I started climbing the fifth pass, I was contemplating throwing myself into traffic to end it. What made these climbs paricularly difficult is that the grade varied between a mild 3% and a horrendous 10%, combined with a head wind of 10+ mph.    Aside from this rather signficant "pain and suffering" component, the terrain that we traveled through was spectacularly beautiful and I hope that you get a sense of this from the pictures.

While we rode more than a 100 miles today, the plan had been to ride almost 125, but the road conditions in one area made a 23 mile stretch unrideable.    After loading our bikes back on to the SUV after riding the first 28 miles out of Kingman, Lawrence started fooling around with the first aid kit.   When he pulled out some mole skin, I asked him where he planned on using it and he pointed toward his groin.   I assumed that he was opting for the mole skin over the Icy/Hot patch.    He surripticiously applied the moleskin from the backseat (Holly was instructed to close her eyes which didn't seem like a good idea because she was driving.)  It was then, that I told him that my experience with mole skin was that it was just slightly harder to remove than peeling off your own skin.   I suggested that it would either become a permenant part of his anatomy, or the removal process would be more intense than a branding.     After the ride this evening, we could hear the results of the removal attempt from 5 rooms down the hall.  

I need to cut the blog short tonight because it is already 11:00 PM and I need my beauty sleep.  Wish us luck tomorrow because the ride will be close to 120 miles, although with significantly less climbing.
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Where I stayed
Wickenburg Inn

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laura22
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From Laura Baldwin
Oh you boys are unbelieveable! You are both such an inspiration and I just can't stop smiling when I watch the incredible strength and endurance it takes to take on this. How much have you raised for United Way? Lawrence your children are going to be shown first hand about courage, strength, relationship to your word through you~congratulations on taking on truly showing your children what a great father they have!! When is the next journey?

Much love, be safe,
Laura Baldwin

prozac777
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Adversity is a dish best served luke warm
As you read this team Zuber Knight, you will have persevered past the third day of your difficult endeavor like warrior poets. I continue to wish you nothing less than best in your continued pursuit of excellence.

In the immortal words of Sir Winston Churchhill: 'Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.'

Asa bad boys...Asa...

groovus
groovus on

Quite a car ride....
I have to tell you guys, I have driven Vegas-Tucson before, and you are right that portion through the mountains is exhausting, even behind the wheel of a car. I can only imagine what you are going through.

Please be careful and try to remember: Most people driving home from Vegas are pretty pissed, and concerned about what they are going to tell their wives/bookies about what happened to the money socked away for little Johnny's college fund, so please stay as far to the right as possible...If that does not work, offer red neck 'O' (ask Lawrence)...asa....

Baby no buts,

v.

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