44 miles, 1044 feet of climb (200 ft/division)
Our first day of riding began with a breakfast of pancakes, bacon,
fresh fruit, cereal, and orange juice. Each person made his own
lunch of sandwich, etc., to take on the bike.
It was very cold before the sun appeared, but the weather was nice
for the ride.
Today we rode through Indian Valley. The valley is in the shape of
a platter surrounded by mountains. Its a perfect place to ride
because there is very little traffic on roads with good pavement.
On Diamond Mountain Road, we rode past the end of the pavement to a little waterfall where we had our lunch. Not far away is a big rock suspended up off the ground, stuck between two trees. It must have been a really big flood to lift such a large rock so high up the bank.
Returning on the same road, we saw an old copper and gold mine. It was closed in 1930, but they are thinking about opening it up again using modern extraction techniques.
We saw some goats playing on top of some ancient pickup trucks in
a field beside the road. Unfortunately, they ran off before we
could get a photo of them on the trucks.
After dinner, I wanted to write in this diary. The only place in
the campground with electricity is an outside outlet on the side of
the bath house. I am now sitting there in my folding chair typing
on my laptop computer to record these words.
Alfred had read that the International Space Station was going to appear
in the sky at 9:20 in the evening. We all marched down to a bridge
close to the campground entrance to take advantage of its good view
to the southwest. Unfortunately, nothing appeared in the sky, but
I suspect that several drivers passing by on the road must have
thought that we were some type of religious cult gazing into the
heavens awaiting the rapture.
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