Day 80 - Tacna to Cali
I knew when I woke in the middle of the night to howling winds that todaywould be a challenge. When I had to hide behind a shed at 5:30 AM to blockthe wind I knew today would be a challenge. The good news is that I was atleast mentally prepared for the day ahead which did not dissapoint on thechallenge scale.
The stretch from Silver City to Tucson and then through Yuma and intoCalifornia has been almost exclusively on the highways which has not alwaysbeen bad. However, today with the strong winds and the huge lettuce trucksi was being blown all over the place. I would imagine that my 8 mph averagespeed did not help.
The route has largely been flat but before heading into Yuma you must climbout if one valley, up over some modest mountains and then back down again.It was on tge downhill that for the first time those trucks really botheredme. I had previously noticed that trucks which are completely loaded andlacking a fancy cab, really push the air sideways. Well today it was thelettuce trucks and they definitely scares the crap out of me. Each passingtruck pushed me sideways several feet which is bad enough when going slowand downright freaky when doing 25!
I was amazed to see tge amount of agro in these valleys. It is always asight when tge desert goes from brown to a patchwork of green. I have notbeen to Yuma in about 15 years and in that time it has really. Hanged. Lotsif green agro fields and plenty of concrete RV parks, something i definitelydon't get.
Entering California meant i am getting close to the end of my first leg. Ihave to navigate the funky CHP rules about highway access until i can pickup the ACA route in another 25 or so miles.
The wind is still blowing and the air is a bit chilly but the sights arebeautiful. The sun is setting, casting a brilliant orange glow on themountains to the north and creating a similar but more stark look on thedunes to the south.Sent from my Windows Phone