Day 617 – USA (CALIFORNIA): From the Whitewater rest stop to Hemet


Today’s distance / ???????: 30 miles / 48km
Average speed / ????: 7.3mph / 11.7km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 4h 07m
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 3997mi plus 280mi (?) / 6432km plus 450km (?)
Ascent / ??: n/a
Descent / ??: n/a
End-of-day GPS coordinates: n/a

The intense westerly wind was still blowing hard in the morning. No calm morning for Rob this morning.

I had spoken to a reporter from ABC Channel 7 yesterday and arranged to meet him for an interview at the rest area at 6:00am. I was up at 5:30am and just getting ready to pack up when he arrived. Talk about commitment. Handy too, as I needed a one mile ride from the rest area to where the frontage road begins up the road. He did the interview, gave me the ride, and I was on the road at 7:30am.

This area is the San Gorgonio Pass area. Wind funnels through this area, making it a perfect area for wind farms.

Wind farms near Banning, California

All the towers were facing the direction I was going. How I wished they would all turn…how I wished for a tailwind.

Uphill on an insidious incline and into the ferocious wind, I pushed on, largely oblivious to the surroundings.

Rough frontage road near Banning, California

The frontage road was smooth enough, apart from wide cracks every 10m or so. It took more than 3 hours to cover the 20 miles from Whitewater to Beaumont; the top. Ugh. Rough.

From Beaumont however, I had my reward. Downhill into Hemet.

Steep downhill into Hemet, California

I rolled into downtown Hemet and called Rosie, my contact for the Lowe Syndrome Fundraiser to be held tomorrow. She came and picked me up, and I was there at last. One time and on schedule. Whew.


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