I'll put my injuries in a box...
My lips are so chapped. before I get flooded with tons of messages saying to put on chapstick, I'll save you all the trouble, I have been putting on the blistex like mad, but lately the sun has been winning out.
In Death Valley yesterday, We hit high's of about 107 all day. It was hot, to say the least. Even in Vegas it was still hot and the bikes were on fire, running hotter then they ever have. Death Valley was a pretty awesome ride and way cooler then Al or I had anticpated. It was one of our favorite rides, though everyday was an amazing ride, with the exception of Yosemite and my stupid crash of course.
I also woke yesterday morning to a dead battery on the bike, things have been going a bit haywire since the crash. Turn signals were not working, yet are now working again. Even my brake light is sort of working , sort of not. Things to deal with when I get back to Pa. Which is where I am headed now. My head's just not in this anymore. Maybe it's the crash, maybe its the knee hurting, maybe it's the Ex and being in the Southwest. I dunno. Maybe I just need to be back among friends and doing what I do (music and such)
We lucked out and got a new battery at a local bike shop in California. About 100 miles outside of Death Valley. I'm hoping my bad luck will run out soon, I can't really take too much more of it.
Al and I ended our night last night in Vegas again, like we had during last years trip. It's always a cool place to end a trip at least in that area. So much to do in Vegas. But come morning, after a few minor electrical adjustments on my bike, Al and I parted ways. We had a great week together cruising through the West. He's still up in a plane about now, but should be back in PA by the time any of you read this.We had a great time, and todays parting and ride solo was a bit of a bummer to say the least.
I'm sitting alone in Utah tonight. Green River, Utah. Pretty much nothing around, though I am close to Arches park, which I've already done, and to be honest, I just want to put as many miles between me and the Southwest as possible right now.
I'm still about 2,200 miles from home. I reckon I will be back in Pa in about a week. Hopefully the bike and me will make it. I re-routed my course. I'm not sure how many miles the bike or me can take, so I figured heading back a straight and somewhat boring ride back is the best idea.
When I started this journey last year, I was excited beyond belief. I was off to go see the world, however long it took. Now I just feel like this is not where I want to be. Trekking across the gobe single and solo is THE way to do it I think, but not heartbroken with too many things on ones mind. It's just not good. I felt so much better back home among friends and family. I'll admit the crash shook me up a little, but not so much that I'm afraid to ride, just a bit more cautious I guess. Maybe being cautious is a good way to be right now.
441 miles today
4,705 total miles
I stood on mountaintops
That overlooked the world
I can't find anything
Except a void inside
I went to places where
I could forget your name
What can I buy to make
The sky turn blue again?
Where can I go to feel
Like I'm alive again?
Show me the places
Where I can forget your name