Today’s distance / ???????: 62 miles / 101km
Average speed / ????: 10.2mph / 16.4km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 6h 07m
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 3881mi plus 280mi (?) / 6247km plus 450km (?)
Ascent / ??: n/a
Descent / ??: n/a
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N33.06.14.1, W18.104.22.168
Downhill, smooth surface, slight tailwind. It makes all the difference. My first century in the US. 101km. Stoked. And some fantastic scenery to boot.
The first half of the day was skating through the ups and downs again of the hilly rocky area between Palo Verde and Glamis.
I passed through the incredible Glamis Sand Dune Wilderness area near Glamis.
On the south side of the road, the dunes are naked. Any attempt at plants growing there are thwarted by thousands of petrol-head dune buggy enthusiasts.
The north side is untouched dune wilderness with small bunches of wild flowers growing in the fragile valleys created by the sandy dunes.
Approaching Glamis is a desert tortoise area. Only authorised persons are allowed to harass the tortoises.
I pushed on through to Blythe. 43 miles by lunchtime. It is such a nice feeling to know that you only have to do another 7 miles after lunch in order to meet the average daily mileage deadline.
I pushed on further than those 7 miles however. The more I do today, I figured, the less I have to do the next couple of days. You never know when you’ll get a tough headwind or tough roads. Best to make hay while the sun shines, so to speak.
I camped out just out of sight from the highway behind what looked like a stop bank.