Day 42 | July 7, 2011. Salina, UT to Delta, UT - 71 miles.
Day 41 | July 6, 2011. Green River, UT to Salina, UT - 109 miles.
Day 40 | July 5, 2011. Grand Junction, CO to Green River, UT - 97 miles.
Segment 4 has begun. I arrived in Grand Junction on July 4. Catherine drove out from San Francisco and met me at the airport. I'm delight to have her company, especially on the desolate roads of UT and NV.
The cycling's been so much easier than I expected, due entirely to Catherine's support, riding along with me in a Chevy loaded w/ food and cold water. The weather's been dry and, owing to our 2:30 AM daily departures, temperatures in the 60s and 70s. It heats up to the 90s in the afternoon. The distances between services is routinely 50 or more miles - 109 miles between Green River and Salina. I've only had one flat so far, the result of road gravel. My bike, christened "USQ", is holding up well. So am I. Tomorrow we'll clear UT, with plans to stay in Baker, NV. We may linger there for a day, taking in Great Basin National Park.
I'm looking forward to reaching San Francisco, and see Christina, Elliot, Heather and her charming children, and hopefully Vijay and Pat. 630 miles to go...