My conservative goal for today was the city of Quartzsite. It was only 24 miles away. I had the free breakfast at the Budget Host, then started riding at 7:30 am. It was cool, with a tailwind.
Less than 1000 feet of climbing to Quartzsite, and gradual at that. I still felt all right. Should I go for the ambitious goal of Salome? It was triple the distance, triple the climbing, no services on the way, and the day could heat up. On the positive side, it was not hot yet, and there was a tailwind. It was 10 am. I went into a McDonald’s to have some pancakes and think about it.
I checked in at the Westward Motel, which was on a side street. Interesting place. It had a common kitchen and lounge like a hostel, but individual rooms like a motel.
I have not tapped my gallon jug since San Luis Obispo. Once again, it crossed my mind that I might shed the 8 pounds of weight and just use my on-bike water bottles. But I keep thinking, What if? What if there hadn’t been a tailwind? What if it had been triple-digit heat?