Today’s distance / ???????: 10.7 miles / 17.3km
Average speed / ????: 11.9mph / 19.1km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 54 minutes
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 3446mi plus 280mi (?) / 5545km plus 450km (?)
Ascent / ??: n/a
Descent / ??: n/a
End-of-day GPS coordinates: Safford Chamber of Commerce
Wow. Tailwind, downhill. Average speed of almost 20km/h over one hour. Lovely short morning of skating today down into the Gila Valley and the town of Safford.
Coming into Safford, I bumped into two other cross-country travelers, one going by the name of Stumpknocker. Cindy and Mark are their real names. They have been enjoying tailwinds in the afternoons for the past week or so…
I stopped at the Visitor’s Center / Chamber of Commerce, and arranged for an interview with the local paper. While I was waiting for the reporter to come, I visited the laundromat to clean my clothes. Five days of grime is not pretty.
Interview over, Joane from the Chamber of Commerce was nice enough to drive me the five miles to the Essence of Tranquility, a campground/hostel/hot springs resort just south of town.
For US$15 a night and unlimited use of the hot spring tubs, I was in!
A great spot to relax and recharge.
I met other campers including Carlos the Guide/Educator/Speaker, David the rockhound, Jana (a Croatian, Carlos’s girlfriend, and soon to be biologist), and Karen the social worker from Phoenix.