This is the Trans-USA Cycling Tour for Bill Miller
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The vision at Desert Center was like a scene from a David Lynch Production from the semi-abandoned cafes to the tattooed waitress with the tummy that rode over her jeans. Rode into Blythe, CA., at 7:30 PM knowing I had kicked some major desert butt.
BOD (Blessings of the Day): No flat tires. A real milk shake at Desert Center, CA. A cold Pepsi from a trucker 20 miles from the desert end. COD (Cookie or Candy of the Day) M & Ms Plain
May 23, 2003 - Day 4,5 Odometer 858 Today's destination is Lake Havasu on HW-95 in Arizona. While in Denney's, Lake Havasu City was described to me as a little party town. This works well with Memorial Day weekend.
From Blythe, Arizona, I headed North through the Colorado River Indian Reservation. I stopped about 2:00 PM and made camp at the River Island City State Park. in Arizona. I would describe this park as a Salvador Dali creation. Take some gorgeous desert mountains run beautiful blue water through the mountains and add palm trees for a little greenery. It was really beautiful, and I ended up staying on through Saturday the 24th.
Met some people from Czechoslovakia who were fishing in The Colorado River. They had not planned on catching anything because when they caught a big catfish they did not have anything to keep it with. I made them a make shift stringer with some cord I had brought. I hope they enjoyed it..... The camp site was sold out for Saturday and when I met some people from California who had no place to stay I offered to share my site with them if they would pay the camping fee. They were happy to do so. I ended up having a little bit to drink with my California buddies. Got some good sleep. BOD - Found a staple in my tire before it punctured the tube. COD - Chips Ahoy Cookies Hersheys Chocolate Bar
May 25, 2003 - Day 6 Odometer 922 Broke camp at 5:30 AM in an effort to beat the heat. Today's ride started off with Terry, a mountain biker, from Lake Havasu City, Arizona,. He gave me some good information about the local terrain. After 3 or 4 miles he took off on a mountain road. Today's goal is Kingman, Arizona.
I headed north through Lake Havasu Resort Area noticing the bikinis getting smaller and the breasts getting larger (I'm sure it required desert gear). That was landscape of a different type, but quite welcome. The rest of the day involved more mileage through the Arizona Desert including a small portion of Route 66; and a stop at Freddie's Truck Stop and Whore House where only a cold drink was partaken.
Camp for the night was found at a KOA in the middle of Kingman, AZ, where I met some people from Massachusetts. They were on a six-week journey of their own. They hosted me with a few beers and we exchanged stories about each other's journeys. Then if was off to the Flying-J, a truck stop style buffet, where I ate so much they were happy to see me finally go. BOD - Found a wire in tire before it punctured the tube. COD - Starburst Fruit Chews