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September 18, 2010 / jslipschultz

Day 7: Lake Havasu to Kingman, AZ

Get your kicks on Route Sixty-Six?  Uh, not so much.  I’ve been on Route 66 in quaint little towns–nice.  Out here in AZ–not so nice.  Video captures a long-winded description of today’s trial.  Instead of reiterating the video, let’s answer some of my sister’s emailed questions, yes?

Q:  So, you mention all this good food, but you do not really describe it

A: All kinds of different salads (pasta, caprize, bulgar), sandwich fixings, apple/nut salad, asian salads, all kinds of things.  I love the granola/raisin/craisin/M&M mix they put out.

Q: What time do you go to bed?

A: I try to go to bed at 9:30.  Read a little. Lights out.  Only hitch every night–waking up at 2:00 or 3:00.  Fortunately, I fall back asleep (I just run the day’s route through my mind again–not all that exciting).

Q: Are you working still?

A: Yes, on and off.  2-3 time zone issues create a little bit of challenge; I expect to hit it more in the coming weeks.  Email is helpful.

Q:  How many folks are fundraising?

A:  Bill and Joseph are raising funds (check their links on the sidebar to right).  Not sure about the others.

Q:  At what point is it going to get cold?

A: It will get “cooler” at the Grand Canyon.  I think the real cold weather won’t be until east of the Mississippi.

Q: What is a stella?

A: What is Stella?  Uh, really, Dana, you need to get out more.  Stella is the best beer from Belgium on the planet.  That’s all.

Q:  You like everyone on the trip a lot?

A:  Bikers are naturally cool people, so we all get along well.  We had a great dinner last night and shared a lot of laughs and stories.  Yes, a great group of riders.  And if they can put up with me, that’s a double bonus.  And the guides are a hoot, too.  Great personalities.

Q: So is Jennifer buying some diamonds or something while you are away?

A: Not sure on the diamonds.  I believe she plans on throwing a huge “Girl’s Night Out” party at the house while I’m away.  She’s got a lot going on (hopefully no time for diamond shopping).

Pictures:  Entering Route 66; Along the way on Rt66; Town of Oatman (66 runs right threw it and burros walk around freely); Sitgreaves Pass–peak at 3,583 ft or so; Tourist stop at bottom of descent;

Entering Rt66  Action shot rt66  me on rt 66  Oatman  mule at Oatman   rt66 at oatman  pass   fueling up on rt66

Joseph’s award-winning helmet-cam footage: http://contour.com/node/111154 (our group rolling past the rest of the group and off the Interstate); http://contour.com/node/111089 (Austin and I winding our way up/down Rte66); http://contour.com/node/111090 (Joseph and Bill looking back on a monster climb); http://contour.com/node/111095 (part of the descent–MOM, DON’T WATCH THIS ONE); http://contour.com/node/111096 (I’m pointing out a “Steep Grades Warning” sign)

By the numbers:  84.8 miles; riding time: 5:18:35; avg speed 16 (climbing at 9 mph will kill your avg–not that it matters); 5,600 ft of climbing; Total for the trip so far:  523.3 miles

Video Recap:

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  1. Ces / Sep 19 2010 7:46 am

    Good Morning Jeff!

    Love the “By The Numbers”! Avg? Who cares!

    Nice win by the “W” yesterday! Blocked extra point sealed the deal vs ASU!!

    Keep on rocking along!!

    CG

    • jslipschultz / Sep 19 2010 7:53 am

      Hey, Ces. Glad you like the numbers section. Adding “Total Climbing going forward. But through first 7 days, we’re at 18,940 ft. Although, Joseph has 20,312 ft. It’s a hard number to get perfectly right.
      And the Badgers pulled one off. A little iffy. But a W is a W for UW.

  2. Casey Ritcher / Sep 19 2010 10:10 am

    Jeff, have been following your adventure. In a word…awesome. Update from KP, due to your absense, iron is getting rusty…Chris nowhere to be seen…you girls and boys be safe.

    • jslipschultz / Sep 19 2010 4:52 pm

      Casey, glad to see you are onboard. Amazing journey so far. Give Chris a punch from me when (if) you see him. Tell him, it’s from me.

  3. Gini Dietrich / Sep 19 2010 7:56 pm

    This is fantastic! But you’re right…Dana, you need to get out more.

  4. Tabatha / Sep 23 2010 8:12 pm

    Jeff….Jennifer deserves diamonds….drinks with the girls….and a big spa weekend! 🙂

    • jslipschultz / Sep 23 2010 10:11 pm

      She deserves a lot–there’s no doubt about that.

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