Day 615 – USA (CALIFORNIA): From the Salton Sea to Indio


Today’s distance / ???????: 52 miles / 84km
Average speed / ????: 9.4mph / 15km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 5h 35m
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 3934mi plus 280mi (?) / 6331km plus 450km (?)
Ascent / ??: 270m
Descent / ??: 180m
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N33.43.30.3, W116.13.33.4

Great morning, sweltering afternoon. These back to back 50 mile plus days are taking their toll.

I got away from my Salton Sea campsite (which was not on the shores of the sea, hence no photo, about 10 miles away) early, knowing that it would be hot again in the afternoon.

There must have been some uphill at some stage either this morning or yesterday, because on one short 3 mile stretch, I was enjoying a wonderful downhill. Foo Fighters blaring in my earphones, racing down ultra-smooth wide shouldered pavement. Perfect.

On the way to LA!

Moving towards LA! Keeping out of 18-wheeler's path near Salton City, California

I managed 35 miles before lunch today. Before the heat began. I sweated past palm plantations – some with full grown palms, some with younger palms.

Baby palms at a palm plantation near Indio, California

I began to wonder where all these palms were going…

In the latter 10 miles of the day, the urban began. I was hoping for more open areas where I could camp, but this was not to be. A massive westerly wind blew up at about 4pm, and I knew it was time to call it quits. I checked into a cheap motel and called it a day.


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