Got back today from our trip to the desert. Has it really only been six days? It feels more like three weeks...
Cycling through the desert is an amazingly intense experience. You're in the middle of absolutely nowhere, surrounded by a vast landscape that changes very slowly over all those many miles. It's incredibly beautiful (especially at this time of year, when everything is surprisingly green and the wildflowers are in bloom), and it's incredibly challenging. I came back stronger, nicely tanned, and eight pounds lighter, with a brain full of stunning memories.
A few highlights...
.. Standing at the edge of a windy hill just off I-10, surrounded by hundreds of windmills
.. Soaring 10 miles downhill into the valley of the desert at Joshua Tree
.. Making the somewhat risky decision to follow a 20-mile-long road through BLM land with no facilities instead of hopping on the freeway and being rewarded with a long, slow descent through a beautiful canyon I never would have thought even existed
.. Listening to music under the stars on my surprisingly good $10 speakers
And, like always, Russ shot many more photos than I did... check them out on his flickr.