Day Thirty-seven, Date Monday, April 6, 2009
Time in Saddle: 6:27
Distance for the Day: 72.09 miles: From South of Page To Flagstaff, AZ
Accumulated Trip Distance: 1393.4
Altitudes: Starting/Ending 6010’/5093’, Highest: 6090’, Accumulated: 2674’
Speeds: Avg: 11.1 mph Max: 37.3 mph
Weather: 28° F, calm, clear
Got up at 6:45am, broke down and packed-up by 7:45am. It was so cold, the condensation from my breathing collected on one of the zipper pulls on my bivvy sack, and I couldn’t open it to get out. I had to breath on it to thaw it enough so it would move. My water and Gatorade bottles had started to freeze. I got back on the road at 8am and continued my previous day’s climb until I got to a narrow rock gap, where the road went through and down a long, steep grade, which came out into a long flat segment of Hwy 89. I continued east making good progress due to the flat terrain, and lack of wind. In the distance, I could see a mountain peak with snow on it, and wondered if I had to go anywhere near it. I stopped in at a somewhat large touristy kind of place called The Gap (no, not THE Gap), and got some food supplies ($9), spoke with a couple of the locals who were interested in my trike and trip, got a warning about mountain lions in the area(!), and then moved on.
At about 7:30pm DST, I decided to take Eusebio’s plan, and began stealth camping early, before the sun set, so I could have plenty of light to cook dinner, wash up, and prepare camp. It was almost warm, still – not nearly as cold as the night before. I fixed myself a duplicate dinner from last night: Sloppy Joe sauce with curly pasta, and a banana. Gotta try to keep regular! My new stove worked perfectly this time, and my pasta was nice and hot. I was able to wash my hair and have a sponge bath for the rest of me using the water from one of my bottles (talk about efficient use of water!) I hit the hay right around sunset, with a heavy gibbous Moon well above the eastern horizon. I put the empty can of Sloppy Joe sauce a few feet away from me, in case any mountain lions showed up, I hoped they'd go for the can.