There was a 3-mile, 6% descent, then another 6-mile, 6% descent down Interstate 8 into the valley. The shoulders were wide and clean. But the wind was fierce in places.
Just then, a woman on a fully loaded touring bike pulled up. It was the other cyclist.
Ed told us that we could get settled into our rooms, and his sister would be back to check us in. And also that the only grocery store / cafe closed at 3 pm, and it was 2:15, so we went over to get supplies. Louise found out that there was the Lazy Lizard Bar next door, that stayed open until 9 pm, and served pizza. So it wasn’t necessary to buy dinner.
When Ed’s sister, Margaret, checked us in, it was just a matter of charging our credit cards. $50 for my room. She didn’t even ask us to fill out a form or anything.
Mike, Louise, and I walked to the bar after everyone had a shower. Louise had red wine, Mike would normally have a beer, but had stomach trouble, and I had a Gatorade. Mike and Louise were the second and third person to advise me to take the Yuha alternate rather than the main route, so that’s what I’ll do tomorrow. They recommended the Townhouse Inn and Suites in Brawley, where they had been the day before, and which was my destination for tomorrow. They also told me about sandstorms ahead.
There was a very pleasant breeze blowing in the evening.
The quaint Ocotillo Motel has no wi-fi as far as I can tell. Louise went to the Red Feather market to get her wi-fi connection. I waited until Brawley to do this posting.
well, no internet can actually be a good thing these days 🙂
Actually, I’m surprised at how much time I spend hunting for internet.
Great picture of the bunny! I miss seeing the rabbits in our backyard. There were two squirrels chasing each other in our backyard a few days ago.
There were so many rabbits just darting across the road, or sitting by the wayside, that it should have been possible to get a picture, except that I would have to stop and get out the camera. I’m not seeing as many animals now, as I have entered the desert. The wildlife is probably there, just hiding in the shade during the day.
Be happy you haven’t seen any rattlesnakes… (I gather the southernmost part of the PCT is just stiff with them.)
I asked the people at Palo Verde whether there were any coyotes, raccoons, or other animals to be worried about, since I was going to sleep with my tent wide open. They said just rattlesnakes and scorpions. But I’m not concerned, as they’re the kind of animal that is not going to intentionally come in and try to attack me.
Just the same, be careful about rattlesnakes, spiders, and scorpions. Especially if you camp. They won’t look for you but you might accidentally find them. When we visited relatives on their farm near Austin, one of the first things they asked was “what kind of gun do you have?”. I said we didn’t have one, I got a puzzled look followed by “well, what do you do then when you see a rattlesnake?”
I haven’t seen ANY live snakes, yet, but a few dried-up husks on the road. If a rattlesnake crawled into my tent while I was sleeping, I think it would be a re-enactment of the final scene of Alien. Lucky star… lucky star… that is, after I wet my pants, of course.