Daily Archives: 20 September 2010

Day 3: Ocotillo to Brawley


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Elevation Profile
Speed Profile

Started: Sep 20, 2010 8:29:54
Ride Time: 2:56:05
Stopped Time: 58:47
Distance: 37.11 miles
Average: 12.65 miles/h
Fastest Speed: 179.63 miles/h
Climb: 12328 feet
Calories: 2604

Today was a short, fast day. Need to stop early because the next thing after Brawley is 70 miles of open desert, and I want to make sure I can cross it in one shot.

A few miles out of Ocotillo, I met Gene Glasscock on the road. He’s driving a covered wagon drawn by two mules, and heading to Georgia. Making about 10 miles a day. We chatted for a while, and as I rode off I said “safe travels.” He said “you behave yourself.” Not sure what prompted him to say that.

In Seeley, I met up with four riders from Bozeman MT who are also riding the Southern Tier. They’re carrying a lot more gear than me—they have three trailers between them—and are more set up to camp and prepare their own food. We rode together for a while, but they diverted into El Centro hoping to find a bike shop to deal with some of the mechanical issues they’ve been having. I’ll probably run into them again.

I realized that there’s something subtly counter-intuitive about riding the transam west to east. In the USA, west is the direction of progress, of new discoveries. Riding eastbound, where the west is what’s known, what’s behind you, reverses this deeply ingrained instinct.

Water channel


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Water channel

I have no idea if this sends water to LA, but seeing this instantly reminded me of the movie Chinatown.

Black birds and white birds


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Black birds and white birds

Fellow riders on the Southern Tier


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Fellow riders on the Southern Tier

I encountered four riders from Bozeman MT, carrying a lot more gear than me. Probably not the last I’ll see of them. One of them, Sophie, is pictured here. The old guy on the left is not a cyclist, as far as I know.

Hay!


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Hay!

These warehouse-size haybales continued for about a mile

Plaster City


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Plaster City

Just a big gypsum processing plant

Gene Glasscock, his dog Bug, and two mules


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Gene Glasscock, his dog Bug, and two mules

He’s heading to Georgia, making about 10 miles a day

Made it to Brawley in good time. Done for the day—resting up for a long day crossing the Yuha desert tomorrow. Having lunch.


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Made it to Brawley in good time. Done for the day—resting up for a long day crossing the Yuha desert tomorrow. Having lunch.

Actually, Evan Hewes Hwy still v. rough Ocotillo-Plaster City. Some new asphalt on worst part. #acasotier


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Actually, Evan Hewes Hwy still v. rough Ocotillo-Plaster City. Some new asphalt on worst part. #acasotier