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staying warm in a cold and windy place

With the clouds hanging heavily on the mountain tops and a fierce, frigid, wind blowing from the north I ride back to the highway. Once I reach the highway a north wind is a tail wind – for the most part – and the ride to Bishop, where I hope to have somewhere to stay for the night, is a total of only around 35 miles and covers ground which loses around 3000 feet in elevation over twelve, or so, miles.

Downhill and a tail wind! I don’t really feel that I have much to complain about but every time I stop people ask me what on earth I am doing out on a bike on a day like today and I must admit by the time I get to Bishop I am feeling a little scatty.

I ride straight to the town’s only bike shop where I am welcomed by the owner – a friend of the Joe’s, the cyclist I met in Arcata, on the coast, who, very sweetly, has mobilised what seems like half of Bishop, his old hometown, on my behalf. A brief check of my email at a regional library en route has revealed that I have at least three separate offers of accommodation for the night and I am extremely grateful for them all as the weather reports are all full of hazardous wind advisory warnings and the temperature is predicted to drop well below zero celsius for the night.

Kathleen and Brian take me in, feed me and do my laundry for me, and when the weather still looks vile in morning insist I stay another night. Brian lends me his truck for the day so that I can run around Bishop doing various tasks and then get back out to their house which is seven miles out of town.

{ 4 } Comments

  1. carolyn flynn | November 10, 2009 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    anne, we were talking on your ride on the way to route 66. i was with my mom and we both wish you the best in your travels. i wish we could have talked more but i know you had to keep going. it was a pleasure to meet you. carolyn

  2. Ian Golladay | November 14, 2009 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    I was very glad to find such a happy spirit in the middle of the AZ prarie. My only regret to the great surprise encounter, was to not be able to lend more supplies for your journey. I told my fellow colleges of your adventure, and they as well hope you have safe and happy trails to whichever destination comes next. All the best! Ian

  3. anna | November 15, 2009 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    It was nice to meet you, too.

  4. carolyn flynn | November 27, 2009 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    CAROLYN again hope you are doing well.

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