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More bicycling in the high desert #4 2014 Trip

Friday, June 13, 2014

Well, it has been a rather challenging day, because after I left my friend's place in Topock, AZ my cell phone died. I'm in Brawley now for the night. It's in the Imperial Valley, part of the "agricultural basket" of California. I went to a Radio Shack, but after 1.5 hours they decided they couldn't help me (long story), although after polishing my cell battery a few times, the phone did boot. On to more pleasant considerations, as I sit in a Starbucks and enjoy the A/C.

I stayed at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, AZ last week. It was an amazing environment. I can't capture with words or images how much I enjoyed the time there. I rode my bike extensively around the grounds and lagoons and horse stables. The elevation is about 3200' so the weather was quite lovely.


They planted this wonderful stand of evergreens (juniper?) at the approach to the ranger's station.


With my affinity for the red-tail hawk, of course I had to find a spot in that section!


Here I am tucked in and ready to make dinner.


One of the lagoons.








With the reeds, it's a habitat for many varieties of birds. It's mating season for the great blue heron.




The stables, but I didn't get any horses.

That's all for now folks...just a little snippet of one of the many adventures on this ever-eventful trip.
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