Today we headed back into the mountains. The route was rough, and I walked more than I have so far on this trip. My arms feel like they want to fall off. I managed all but one spot where Brent helped me push MC. Part of the problem was that we are carrying a lot of water. I had 8 liters, plus my three bottles. All the extra is on the back of the bike. It makes it a bit harder on the steep bits because the front tire loses traction. I also came off the bike three times today. I never actually fell down, but MC did. Only one time did I scrape my right calf.
We saw lots and lots of cactus today. Even some that were blooming. There was also a surprising amount of water. I came to a creek that I had to cross. I looked at a path that went over a narrower part of the creek, but it looked like there was a lot of pokie bushes. I thought, if I walk through, I'm sure to get my feet wet. If I ride through, there's a chance my feet won't get wet. So I rode through. Yeah, my feet got soaked. It kind of felt good though. I think it softened up some of the large amount of dirt in my shoes, thus making it softer on my feet! Always a silver lining!
We stopped for the day at about 3:45. We had just under 6 hours of ride time today, yet we only made it 29 miles. It was a tough day. Also, Harry's saddle broke. The part where the tension bolt goes, broke off. He duct taped the nose to the rails. I think the Selle Anatomica is not a good saddle for rough off road riding. We heard of another guy who's Selle broke too.
Tomorrow we will continue the push to the next water source.
What I felt like doing to the route today!