Mar 8, 2012
Distance today = 49.01 km; Total distance = 3171.83 km; Location = 10 km south of Palo Verde – 33 20.759′ N, 114 43.392′ W; Start time = 0902, Finish time = 1541
Another tough one today. I ran into a stiff headwind the whole way, and the early part was uphill as well. I knew it was going to be hard when I awoke with only seven hours sleep under my belt.
In addition, there was not a single town along the way, nor any shop or other means of obtaining drinks or food, so I used my Camelbak for the first time. It proved more than adequate. The combination of its 2.0 litres and the 1.5 litres I usually carry in my running belt, was more than enough for the whole 49 km.
As beautiful as the desert is, the one thing it lacks when you're running through it all day is variation. But that's when I draw on other inspiration to get through it mentally. At least I had the Chocolate Mountains to keep me company during the morning, and I got my first view of the Colorado River this afternoon.
I am now in the region of the desert giants – huge drawings carved into the desert by ancient indigenous people, some estimated to be as much as 12,000 years old. They are very similar to the Nazca Lines in Peru. If I get a chance, I hope to have a look at one tomorrow.