Day 47 July 19th Peach Springs, AZ to Kingman, AZ 59 miles Total Miles – 2,514
Weather: Partly sunny, 65 degrees in morning to 95 late morning, slight headwind
Kingman, AZ – San Bernardino, CA Traveled by U Haul – Total Miles – 277
We got up really early 4:15am, had breakfast and were on the road by 6:00am. Most of our trip was downhill and the wind was a tailwind early. One of our stops along the route was at a fun Route 66 convenience store in Hackberry, AZ. The store had tons of Route 66 memorabilia and it was fun to check it all out. They even had a very friendly cat that Tracy enjoyed playing with. After our stop we cruised right along and got to Kingman by 11:00am.
When we were on the edge of town we saw a touring bicyclists ahead of us and eventually caught up with him. He was from Germany and started his trip in New York and was heading to Las Vegas and then up to San Fransico. He had been on the road since April 1st. He said he was having fun but was getting sick of the constant headwinds. We agreed!! We wished him luck and continued on our way.
We got to the U Haul rental place early and they had the truck all ready for us. So we changed clothes, loaded the bicycle and our bags into the back and took off towards California. As we were crossing the desert we were very glad we were driving thru rather than bicycling. It was 110 degrees in Needles, CA and did not drop below 100 all the way across the desert. The route would have been difficult also – in one section we would have been on a very busy Interstate 15 that was under construction and had made no provisions for bicyclist to get thru safely.
We got into San Bernardino, CA about 5:30pm, we were tried, hungry and grumpy – not a good combination. But after a shower and dinner we felt a whole lot better!! Tomorrow we return the U Haul and then we will once again continue on the bicycle towards Santa Monica.