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June 14, 2012 / rickhermelin

Day 84 – Quartzsite, AZ to Blythe, CA

In California at last, one last state to cross.

After an uphill start from Quartzsite for the first 8 miles there was a good long downhill followed by a mostly flat finish. Had a nice conversation with a 62 year old truck driver at a rest stop about six miles from the California border about the benefits of being and staying fit. He asked me why I stayed fit and I told him it was so I could enjoy life more.

I had a bowl of oatmeal early this morning and stopped at a Starbucks in Blythe for an early lunch before heading to the fire station on the west end of the city at the Blythe Airport, also called an Airbase because it was an air training base during WWII with General Patton in command.

The captain prepared a good carbo dinner of spaghetti with sauce and two kinds of squash and garlic bread. It will be good fuel for tomorrow’s ride to Palo Verde, CA. Here’s a couple of pictures of the crew and me. The station is part of the Riverside County Fire District, not the city of Blythe.




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