Mar 13, 2012

Distance today = 51.38 km; Total distance = 3415.94 km; Location = 14 km south of Wickenburg – 33 52.576′ N, 112 38.932′ W; Start time = 0851, Finish time = 1634


Today was a bit of a struggle. Some days are like that, and are not necessarily easy to explain. The heat was one factor, and the humidity of 4% meant it was very easy to dry out “by stealth”. I put it down to that.

Anyhow, there is not much to report on. The scenery was very desert-like, with little variation.

About 8 km out of Wickenburg, I did stop at an historical marker that indicated it was the site of an Apache ambush of the Wickenburg to Ehrenburg stagecoach in 1871, in which five men and a woman were killed. It’s quite strange to stand and look at the very spot where this happened over 140 years ago. This was no scene from a movie – we’re talking the real deal.

Last night we had a very enjoyable time in the Coyote Flats Bar and Cafe. This place is a classic, and is straight out of the movies. Tonight we’re in Wickenburg – another place with well-preserved wild-west buildings. And tomorrow we’re in Phoenix, where I’ll be catching up with an old friend, Walter.