Monday, March 20, 2023

Take time to smell the roses

​Yesterday morning we made our way north towards Buckeye and beyond with strong side winds coming from the southeast. The flowers in the desert smelled so nice. Not a sweet smell, yet each flower having its own distinctive fragrance. The cattle farms and land fill, well, that did not smell too sweet either.

When we made a turn east towards Phoenix, the side wind became a ferocious head wind. For the next 23 miles we fought to keep our bikes on the road. But in the midst of the wind, suddenly a mirage appeared on the horizon. Could it be? Yes, there it was… A SONIC! My beloved Oasis! Yes, finally! Tea for me!!

After my Tea Fix, we made our way to Goodyear, to a Trek dealership for Ruby. My kickstand had snapped off and it had a main part break. In going over Ruby, they found my rear disk brake pads were worn and needed new hydraulic fluid. I assume this was caused by riding my brakes down the mountains! I'm hoping the new parts will be in tomorrow so that we can stay on track.

We are taking a day off from riding. Hopefully my sit bone will heal up. So, for tonight, I hope everyone rests well. I know I will, because I’m in a real bed! 

When you have time - check out Hendrika's Blog

Me smelling flowers

Rude Cactus!

Buckeye - Where I found a Sonic!

Nice wide shoilder

Me, Perry and Hendrika - Eating Mexican

Will you please hurry with that Tea!


  1. Keep the faith! So proud of you! I knew if there was Sonic within 100 miles, you would find it! LOL

  2. Vicki and Hendrika were two women in their mid-60s who had decided to embark on a cross-country bicycle trip from San Diego, California to Saint Augustine, Florida. They were determined to complete the Southern Tier Cross Country Route, despite the challenges that lay ahead. As they approached Phoenix, Arizona, they were hit by severe headwinds that threatened to derail their journey. But just when things seemed most ominous, an unexpected hero emerged to help them weather the storm. Perry, a 91-year-old man, came to their rescue and gave them shelter until the storms passed. What happened next would change their lives forever.🌪️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♂️