Mar 12, 2012

Distance today = 50.00 km; Total distance = 3364.56 km; Location = Aguila – 33 56.577′ N, 113 07.429′ W; Start time = 0858, Finish time = 1615


Once again, I will start by recounting last night. As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, we stayed at a great little place – the Westward Motel at Salome. It turns out the proprietor, Rande (pronounced Randy), was a career “roadie”, and worked on tour with some of the world's biggest bands. He has been on world and national tours with, among others, The Rolling Stones (three times), The Police, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Deep Purple, Ted Nugent, The Moody Blues, The Allman Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Rush, Genesis, John Mellencamp, Dolly Parton, and Heart. What a resume'! And he's a great guy to talk to over a few red wines. Make sure you stay there if you're ever passing through Arizona.

This morning I awoke with a sore right foot, and a bit of the same feeling I had two days ago. But within a kilometre I was feeling 100% again, as I headed off along some of the straightest roads I've ever run on. In fact, one section was 34 km without the slightest turn or kink in the road, and it was almost dead flat. Surprisingly, I didn't get bored. I stopped for the day at precisely 50 km.

Perhaps the highlight of the day was when I heard the unmistakable roar of air force jets overhead, and looked up to see two of them firing missiles of some sort. The missiles flew rapidly through the air, trailing a smoky plume behind their fiery exhaust, before exploding a few kilometres up in the air. The jets then flew off again at high speed, having completed their practice manoeuvres.

Tonight we're in the town of Aguila, staying at Burro Jim's Motel, and we will be dining at Coyote Flats Cafe. Stay tuned.