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    serves as the rite of passage into wisdom." Erden Eruç - Sep 17, 2004

    Mudslides and wind...
    18 July, 2012    Tonopah, Nevada
    Making progress towards Bodega Bay, but not without the challenges of mother nature. We expected temperatures in Nevada to have us baking at 110F degrees /43C plus temps but surprisingly we have experienced at highest 84F/28C throughout central remote Nevada. Strong winds up to 45 knots coming from the south (due to the monsoons) have been the culprit on this leg of the journey.

    We've encountered several mudslides / avalanches which cut off all road traffic. The first one was at at Caliente Pass in eastern Nevada. As a result, we had to come up with an alternative plan that would have added 100 more miles to the route. Fortunately the road crews worked overnight and repaired the damage enough to allow a single lane of cars (and a single cyclist) safe passage. Had we been on track ahead of a storm just a few hours earlier, Erden could have been caught in this slide, which sent boulders the size of a Volkswagon Bug onto the highway. We were greeted with kindness and support from the road crews and the local county sheriff who kept us up to date on the work and timing. We waited out the storms, and took off the following morning. We are grateful for acts of kindness and cooler temps.

    Coming across the Extra Terrestrial Highway in central Nevada is as remote and desolate as any place on our planet. Riding was long and arduous, but what few encounters we had with people, always interesting and engaging. We came across an Argentinian female cyclist heading to New York, and in Shiprock, NM, a male Japanese cyclist heading south to Argentina. So few cyclists on these long distance journeys, and we encounter two. Were these aliens or were they real??? Hmmnn.

    Later today, we enter California. Four days to the finish line. Stay tuned.


    Previous Dispatches

    In Nevada now...    July 15, 2012
    I crossed into Nevada this morning. I am on schedule to reach the Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay on July 21st around 4-5 pm in the late afternoon. The temperatures have been cooler than I had thought

    Reached Page    11 July 2012
    Access to internet has been spotty lately. I am posting a quick update to mark my progress under the MAP link. ORS MAP link still works, and the Ocean Rowing Society has been kind to track my progress

    Cycling into Arizona    10 July, 2012
    Hello fans and supporters,

    I am writing this dispatch at a roadside fast food cafe in a lovely part of the world called Shiprock, New Mexico, inside the Navajo Nation Reservation. We have

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