Only 50 miles on the schedule today. The desert continued in the mountain-valley-mountain-valley pattern as we rode further onto the lonely highway. There is still a moderate amount of traffic, mostly semis, RVs, and motorcycles. We passed a herd of antelope and two small herds of wild horses this morning as we rode out of Smith Creek Valley...so awesome!
The weather was actually moderate today, with some cloud cover that came in late morning, but still very hot! We had three climbs, two that were relatively easy and one steep one up to Austin where we are staying tonight in the RV park. We got in at 1:30 so Josh, Seth, and I got lunch at a local cafe.
The ACA tour is camping next door at a church, and we were able to take showers inside. At the end of every day I have sunscreen, salt, dirt, and grease caked all over me; it is so nice to be able to shower! The group invited us for dinner and we enjoyed their company along with the salad and macaroni and cheese. The tour they are doing is supported; a van carries all of their gear and they ride each day to a set meeting point.
The sunset was gorgeous tonight with the cloud cover and it makes me so thankful to be out here on this trip. It's exciting to see new places every day as we ride through this awesome landscape.