U.S. 360 Tour II – Day 25 from Wickenberg AZ to Salome AZ (Hard Cider and Eccentricity)

Latest update on my purpose-driven cycling journey around the American perimeter.

55 miles (89 km) – Total so far: 1,269 miles (2,043 km)

Woke up in our grassy campsite with frost on the pumpkin (ie. it was pretty dang chilly). We ate with our new friend Matthew, broke camp, said our goodbyes, and were immediately greeted with a nice little climb west out of Wickenburg. My legs seemed heavy and a little dead for the first half of our 55 mile trek, but gradually felt better throughout the afternoon. I have found that training really doesn’t totally prepare me for touring. What does prepare me is saddling up, battling the elements, day after day for a week or so into a real life tour.

Today was marked with steady headwinds, steady inclines, and steady sun. In other words, I suffered just a bit. On the other hand, Jim seemed strong for most of the day. He is most certainly adapting to this cycle touring lifestyle.

Passed through two towns today, Aguilar and Wenden. Ended the ride at Don’s Cactus Cafe in Salome, Arizona. I wish every ride could terminate at this place. Don’s was a cross between a biker (not my kind of bike) bar, a cowboy hangout, and, shall we say, eccentricity. Jim and each drank a 22 oz Woodchuck Hard Cider, at which point we decided to walk, not ride our bikes to the motel across the street. Jim has asked that I publicly admit to not completely finishing off my beverage, which may be a first for me.

Completed the evening by attacking a vegetarian pizza that was billed as the best pizza in Salome. What was not highlighted is that it was the only pizza in Salome.

Saw a few dead animals today, including two foxes, a javelina, hawks, and a cougar (actually it was a house cat, but it kinda looked like a cougar).

It’s All Good

Jim and Brian getting ready for the day's ride.  You'll notice we were standing in front of Matthew's Co-Motion, thinking it might upgrade the picture.
Jim and Brian getting ready for the day’s ride. You’ll notice we were standing in front of Matthew’s Co-Motion, thinking it might upgrade the picture.
Surly Pearl wanted her pic in front of today's most depressing historical marker
Surly Pearl wanted her pic in front of today’s most depressing historical marker
453rd Avenue?  Really?
453rd Avenue? Really?
22 ounces of hard cider heaven after a 55-mile jaunt.  Note to wives: we walked our bikes home after consumption.
22 ounces of hard cider heaven after a 55-mile jaunt. Note to wives: we walked our bikes home after consumption.
After the hard cider.  Note the cherry restored Ford Fairlane at the edge of the pic. The eccentric owner wanted to charge $3 for his hot rod to be in the pic.  I told him I'd charge him $3 for me to be in the pic with his car, so we decided to call it even.
After the hard cider. Note the cherry restored Ford Fairlane at the edge of the pic. The eccentric owner wanted to charge $3 for his hot rod to be in the pic. I told him I’d charge him $3 for me to be in the pic with his car, so we decided to call it even.

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