Up at 7:30 am, packed and off I rode at 8:15. Stopped at 2 McD’s for wifi but couldn’t get connected. Found out it was my antivirus kicking me off. Got to Corpus Christi and checked if any tent places around. If they say camping they mean RV or trailer not tents. No tent space around so looked for cheap motel. Got to the motel about 5:10. Yesterday’s ride was the longest so far on this ride, 650 km ‘s. The motel restaurant was closed so I ordered a pizza for supper and a 2 ltr Coke. Drank about 750 ml of Coke and couldn’ t get to sleep till 1:00 am. Been a while since I had Coke. That’s it for today. No pictures today.
Up at 7:30 am and had a protein shake with Dan. Had a good night talking, sharing ride stories and information about riding to South America. Dan may catch up to me on the road to ride together. Packed the bike and on the road at about 8:15. Nothing unusual about the ride except about 40 miles from Ozona it started to pour rain. Stopped and put on rain gesr and was dry. The rain was so hard it was hard to see. Got a hotel room about 5:30 and took everything off the bike into the room. There was a roof over the front door of my room so I rode the bike on the sidewalk to get to the room. Tried to get everything dried out before morning. Watched some TV and fell asleep watching it.
One of the pictures today is from the bike dealer in Las Cruces. You can buy any bike you want and get your guns and ammo at the same time.
Woke up at 6 and then had breakfast with Debbie. Thanked Debbie (Lowell was at work) for hosting me then packed the bike. On the road about 7:00. Rode to Las Cruces NM. Got to Dan’s place about 4:30 pm. Settled in and then off to a nice little restaurant in Mesilla. The building is the original stage coach and pony express bulding from the early 1800’s. We walked around the town center the he took me out to see some of the mountain area. Then back to his place to talk. He is leaving for South America on October 1st. We will try to meet up on the road as we both head south. Had a great time with Dan then off to bed.
Up at 7:30 today, lazy day today, bike maintenance and a TV interview. Had a nice breakfast with Debbie. Lowell works from 4:00 am to noon. This morning I did an oil and filter change, checked the bike out. Rad, tires, bolts tight, chain and tires all good and ready to go. So far 6,267 km (3,916 miles) I think about 1/3 done. Short ride today to channel 12 for a live interview at 4:15 pm. Unfortunately a shooting happened and they shut down the airport parking garage and that was the breaking news. They taped the interview and will show it tomorrow (Friday). Back to Lowell’s for supper and watching TV. Leaving Phoenix tomorrow morning early to Las Cruces. I would like to thank Lowell and Debbie for a great 3 days here in Phoenix and putting up with me. That’s all for tonight.
Up today at 6:30 and a nice breakfast with Debbie. No rain yet this morning. Off to the MS office at 8:00 and arrived at 8:20. They told me to leave quickly as the TV stations were on their way and would call me to let me know when to come back for ride shot on live TV. Channel 10 and 5 were there for interviews with me. After the interviews I had to go back to Lowell’s to get some information for channel 5 I left there. 1/2 hour after I got back at Lowell’s it poured cats and dogs. There was a little more flooding in Phoenix but not as much as last week here. In the afternoon it cleared up and the sun tried to come out. I was invited to their Walk kick off meeting from 6-8 tonight. It was for the MS walk teams on how to do fund raising. They asked me to do a little talk about my ride and answer questions. Left about 7:30 with no rain. Thanks Sarah for inviting me. Thanks for making me feel at home. Tomorrow I have a live interview with channel 12 at about 4:00 pm. That’s it for tonight.
Up at 5:45 am, showered and packed the bike. Temperature was 30c at 6:00 am. I wanted to get an early start to beat the rain and heat to Phoenix. Also there was a possibility of flash floods in the desert. Road through the Sonoran Desert nice road. The temperature while riding was only 27c much better than the 47c yesterday. Got to Phoenix about 10:30 am before the rain. There was a little bit of rain at 12:30 for the rest of the day. Settled in at Lowell and Debbie’s house. Nice place here.
Woke up at 6:30 am, showered and packed the bike. I said goodbye to Randy and Cody (Cody is a great 14-1/2 year old therapy dog, very gentle but has bad arthritis) and at 9:00 am I am on the road. Took the long ride to the San Diego MS office a total of 14 miles. Spent time in the office then outside to take pictures of the staff with the bike and me. After the pictures they asked about the bike and trip. We went back inside and Rick Griffin interviewed me for some articles for the MS news paper. All done I said goodbye and was on the road about 11:30. I wanted to beat the the typhoon that was coming up the Mexican Baja peninsula to Yuma AZ. The weather was hot and sunny. A little 300 km ride in 47 degree c temperatures. Yes it was hot. Got to Yuma about 3:00 and found a McDonalds for my normal wifi connection. Got to the motel about 4:00. Cranked the air conditioning down as low as posible. I unloaded the bike and settled in for the night. At 4:30 the temperature reading on the bike was 63c very very hot. Riding at this temperature is like riding directly into a hair blower on high for 4 hours.
Up at 7:30 today and a nice cheese omelet with Tracy and Debi. Tracy was off to work at the church about 8:30 and I packed the bike for San Diego. Said goodbye to Debi and off I went about 9:15. Road the long trip to San Diego of 65 km’s and got to Randy’s just after 10:00 am. Settled in and then I was off with Randy to show me around San Diego. First was the beach then an outlook over San Diego then off to Roger and Colleens place for a dip in the pool. Nice place on top a hill (1000 ft high) overlooking eastern suburbs of San Diego. Nice people. After our swim and a few sandwiches from Colleen and then we went back to Randy’s house. San Diego MS office in the morning.
Today is my daughter’s birthday. Happy Birthday Steph, love you.
Got up at 5:45 am, packed the bike and back to LA for the LA MS Dance walk for 9:00 am. Got to the event at 8:15, traffic was not bad. I found Emily and Kari and they made me feel at home. Kari and I hung out most of the time. The Red Carpet started at 9:00 and a bunch of stars from the musical Hair, Dancing wth the Stars, So you think you can Dance were on tbe red carpet. Ricki Lake was there supporting the event. I got to walk the carpet with lots of pictures taken, I think I broke a few cameras with my mug. I was interviewed by lifescript.com the rest of the morning I hung out with Kari, thanks Kari for taking care of a old Canadian with no beat. Left the event about noon and got back to Tracy’s place about 2:00, had a couple beers then had a little nap. Very hot day today. Tracy made a great steak, mashed potatoes and clams dinner. Very tasty. Off to San Diego tomorrow.