I finished this Summer's bicycle trip around and across the USA arriving in San Francisco early September. I was planning on leaving for South America mid September after picking up my backpack and visiting some friends in Florida, however my departure was delayed 1½ months because my camera didn't work after being in Denmark for repair – consequently I had to send it to Denmark another time for repair and await it's return. By the time you read this I'm finally on my way to South America where I'll spend the Winter - I'll start with approx. 2½ months in Columbia, followed by relaxation and diving in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao before finishing up in French Guyana, Suriname and Guyana – much more about that later.
Since my last newsletter mid July I left central Utah and rode south to Grand Canyon, Arizona, back up northwest where I took highway 50 across Navada to Carson City, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite before looping down to Santa Barbara and up highway 1 to San Francisco - 4,200k (2,625 miles) totalling this Summer's trip at 13,200k (8,250 miles). Southern Utah provided some of the most stunning scenery on the whole trip (highway 12 west from Boulder as well as Zion and Bryce National Parks) with Arizonas Grand Canyon (North Rim) as a close runner up. Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and parts of highway 1 were nice without being exceptionel. This part of the trip also provided the most climbing on the trip – not because of the height itself but because of the constant and big elevation changes between 1,000-3,000 metres (3,000-9,000 feet).
The weather was mostly dry and warm – sometimes too warm with up to 45C (110F) but since I skipped the Arizona/California deserts it was never unbearable as the constant headwind helped cooling me down... I've had a lot of headwind along the way but crossing Nevada entailed a new high with permanent winds of 60-70 k/h (38-45 mph) and gusts over 100 k/h (65 mph) creating several dangerous situations. Southern Utah and California also provided the overall worst roads and worst drivers on the whole trip – many times passing close by even when there were no oncoming traffic and occationally yelling at me for being in their way.
I've continued to meet countless amazing people providing overwhelming friendliness, kindness, generousity and interest – thank you to you all; particularly those of you who let me stay overnight.
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I wish you and your family all the best - may you be as happy and fortunate in life as I am.
Best regards, Michael