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08/30   Hot Hills
08/31   Maquoketa Caves State Park
09/01   Sutliff Bridge
09/02   Flags
09/03   Maasdam's Wheel Art
09/04   Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
09/06   Fred's Bike Shop
09/07   Clark Tower
09/08   The Terraced Hills
09/09   Tower of the Four Winds
09/10   Just gravel roads
09/11   Grand Island
09/12   Boot Hill
09/13   Highway 34 to McCook
09/15   Tinker Tom's
09/16   The Big Easel
09/17   Mount Sunflower
09/18   Long Dry Day
09/19   Colorado Springs
09/20   Camping High
09/21   Wolves and Fossils
09/22   Cottonwood Pass
09/23   Send up the bicycle guy
09/24   Kebler Pass
09/25   Grand Junction
09/26   Colorado National Monument
09/27   Entrada Bluffs
09/28   Arches National Park
09/29   Hole N''The Rock
09/30   Newspaper Rock
10/01   Comb Wash up
10/02   Natural Bridges National Monument
10/03   The Burr Trail
10/04   Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
10/05   Escalante
10/06   Escalante Mountains and Red Canyon
10/07   Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park
10/08   Dinosaur Tracks
10/09   Snow Canyon State Park
10/11   Cathedral Gorge State Park
10/12   Sunnyside
10/18   A Week in Sunnyside
10/19   Mule Deer Hunting
10/21   Leaving Las Vegas
10/22   Death Valley National Park
10/23   Uphill Against the Wind
10/24   Ridgecrest
10/26   Red Rock Canyon State Park
10/27   Lancaster
10/28   LAX
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Red Rock Canyon State Park


tl;dr: I biked through Red Rock Canyon State Park. I'm remembering that I don't like California deserts much.

This hotel I stayed in was kind of lame. The internet barely worked. Upon complaining the Indian owner just shrugged. The included breakfast consisted of little donuts and bad coffee that you weren't allowed to carry back to your room.

I left my big orange sweatshirt and heavy long underwear at a thrift store. I shouldn't need those anymore.

From Ridgecrest I stayed on back roads and then gravel roads. When I arrived at the sand roads, I gave up and moved onto the highway. I had forgotten how much I dislike biking across the California desert. It's just miles and miles of hot ugly and there is garbage all about and thanks to the drought everything looks dead.

I did find another little spider. It didn't like me much. Look at the fangs on this boy.

There are still ravens everywhere. I like them.

I biked through Red Rock Canyon State Park where I filled up my water bottles. It is kind of neat if you are driving by. Look, pictures.

My legs have been sore since Death Valley, and even with my tan I managed to sunburn myself, so I stopped at the McDonalds in Mohave for comfort food. I watched three different guys fish cans and bottles out of the trash can by my bike.

I managed to talk myself out of spending money on a hotel, so I biked way out into the desert among all of the illegal garbage dumping where I still wasn't hidden but was so far from a main road I hoped nobody would notice. It is flat here and I could easily see all the way back I into town and watch trucks on highways in multiple directions.

For some goofy reason the sun is now setting at 6 PM. It was 7 PM just a day ago. Between time zones and daylight saving and leaving Nevada I am confused.

At least it is warm here.

boring California pavement

boring California gravel

boring California sand

just north of Red Rock Canyon State Park

All the colors here are more impressive in person.

Red Rock Canyon State Park

Red Rock Canyon State Park

Red Rock Canyon State Park


I thought this was a lake, but it is a solar array. One of many.

boring California highway

another solar array

a few wind turbines

looking for a sneaky place to camp is hard

Somebody tried to sneaky camp under this tree.

good night Mojave

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