I had a super time here in America. The bicycle tour from Portland to Death Valley was my super dream bicycle tour. I heard “your living the dream” multiple times from the people I met. I feel lucky, at 62 that I’m healthy and have the motivation to continually seek adventure. I also did the bike tour to reaffirm my choice to move to the EU. No question about it, the EU’s social & economic values are more representative of my values.
I have so many thoughts about what I saw while biking through Oregon and California. Since high school the environment has always been a major concern (religion) to me. I was proudly recycling bottles & cans back in 1972. Back then my Dad told me it was cheaper and easier to just throw them away, as he was throwing a beer bottle into the garbage. 46 years later lots of America’s still have that attitude. The worlds resources are just for them to use once and toss into the garbage.
I stayed 2 nights in a hotel in 29 Palms. I’ve camped for 4 months and have only stayed in a hotel 3 nights and 10 nights in hostels. It’s Thanksgiving and the traffic is horrible. 99% of California drivers are super polite, but it only takes one to make me feel unsafe.
The weather has been as great as advertised. I didn’t ride far, only 34 miles, but it was up ALL day, killed me. Again, maybe 10 cars, and a few trucks, all day.
I’ve been to Anza Borrego Springs desert 4 or 5 times. I finally witnessed a Big Horn Sheep walking through the campground. I hiked up Palm Canyon, an oasis in desert where a spring sustains palm trees & wildlife. Anza Borrego the town has this great 60’s feel, especially Carlees Steak House. There are lots of jeeps here, (tearing up the desert).