David Johnson's Travel Blog
Bicycle Trip 1999
Okefenokee 2002
Anza-Borrego 2003
Texas 2003
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Sequoia National Park 2004
Hiking Florida 2005
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03/13  Your present plans...
03/14  Unscenic Lands
03/15  Arizona
03/19  Into the desert
03/20  Painted Rock Petroglyph Site
03/21  Canal Roads
03/22  Yuma
03/26  Border Town
03/27  Yuha Desert
03/28  Otay Mountain Truck Trail
03/29  San Diego
04/02  Traffic
04/03  Los Angeles
04/04  More Traffic
04/05  Camarillo
04/09  Los Padres National Forest
04/10  Uphill Against the Wind
04/11  Clingy Grass
04/12  King City
04/17  Cows
04/18  Trees
04/19  That Bridge
04/23  Milk Cows
04/24  Sea Ranch
04/25  Mendocino Coast
05/06  Fort Bragg
05/07  Usal Road
05/08  Honeydew
05/09  Humboldt Redwoods State Park
05/10  More Big Trees
05/14  Crescent City
05/15  Oregon
05/16  Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
05/17  Shady Cove
05/20  The hub is dead
Biking West 2015
Chickens and Pheasants 2016
Biking About 2016
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017

Canal Roads


tl;dr: I continued on through the desert and back into agriculture land. Most of the day was spent on dirt roads.

The desert here is extremely quiet at night. There are no annoying birds or insects. I heard coyotes only once, and an owl started hooting after midnight, but the only thing that kept me from sleeping was my extremely aching legs.

I hit the road well before sunrise. I used my headlamp to see. These roads are all gravel, so I have to be slightly careful.

Before long I was greeted by two bright lights. They were way up in the sky and brighter than any of the still-visible stars. Though some distance apart, they glided across the sky in unison until suddenly they both just blinked out. I stopped and listened for delayed sounds of jet engines, but heard only the silence of the desert. Huh. So that happened.

After ten more miles of absolutely nothing I came to a small community (I suppose) with a small store, but it wasn't opening any time soon, and there wasn't any water readily available without waking folks up, so I continued on. A mile later I found a church, and it was near bursting with water faucets! I filled up a bottle and took a swig. Salty! So some well water is salty. I filled up a bottle or two for reserve, but decided I wouldn't drink it unless forced to.

By now I was on pavement again, but that turned to gravel after ten miles or so, and ten miles after that I was back into canals and agriculture. Along the way I saw some mule deer and roadrunners, and very few other critters. I found a guy washing his car at a lone house and motioned that I'd like some water. It turns out he didn't have a hose; so he had to get me water from his house, which he tasked his little daughter with. They put ice in my bottles! I thanked him and continued down the canal roads.

I spent almost the entire day on gravel roads, most of that bordering canals. At one point I took a nap in the shade of a giant stack of hay bales.

At a school near Roll I managed to fill all my water bottles with good water, and at Gonzo's I guzzled two 64-ounce cups of soda. I think I may have been a little thirsty.

I may be lacking water, but one thing is for sure: I am full up on Vitamin D.

At the end of the day I found myself laying in the sand on the edge of the mighty Gila River. I am so wasted. I'm sore, tired, dehydrated, sunburned, and exhausted. And my chosen campsite has a lot of flies and mosquitoes. I forgot to buy extra food at Ganzo's, so my dinner is a hunk of summer sausage, crackers and some granola bars.

Happy birthday to me.

Hyder Valley Supply

Centro de la Comunidad Cristiana has salt water

a well painted train car

back into agriculture

canal roads

egret farm

Gonzo's Country Store and Community Notifications

John Deere Country

an organic farm



the mighty Gila River

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