Day 44

DAY 44 MONDAY

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REST DAY IN NEEDLES CALIFORNIA, FIRST STOP IN CALIFORNIA.
THE TEMPERATURES ARE REFLECTIVE OF THESE TIMES TODAY 8:00 am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm 5:15pm,5:20pm, and 5:25pm AT OUR BEST WESTERN MOTEL.
IT IS WICKED UNCOMFORTABLE HAVE BEEN SO LAZY TODAY. TOMORROW WE ARE CUTTING OUR RIDE SHORT FOR SAFETY.
STAY TUNED FOR MY DAY 45 TUES UPDATE 🚴
🚴❤️RONA

THANK YOU ALL FOR TRAVELING ON MY JOURNEY FOR ALZHEIMERS AWARENESS AND FUNDRAISING

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Day 43

DAY 43 SUNDAY


WE ROLLED OUT AT 6:00AM TO GET A JUMP ON A 100 DEGREE DAY HEADING TO NEEDLES CALIFORNIA 72 MILES. I MUST SAY IT WAS SOME CHALLENGING CLIMBS, SMALL TOWN DONKEY SIGHTINGS, BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS, COLORADO RIVER VIEWS, PEDDLING INTO OUR LAST STATE CALIFORNIA, ONLY 6 MILES ON THE INTERSTATE 😊SKYS AS BLUE AS YOU CAN IMAGINE AND NO WIND YES NO WIND. THIS WAS MY FAVORITE RIDE SO FAR I EMBRACED THE CHALLENGES AND SOAKED IN THE BEAUTY.
I KNOW MY PICTURES ARE ONLY FROM A PHONE AND DON’T DO JUSTICE BUT USE YOUR IMAGINATION TO FIND THE DEPTH AND PEACE OF OUR RIDE. I LOVE SHARING MY JOURNEY AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE CHALLENGES, EXPERIENCE, AND SUPPORT FROM EACH OF YOU WHO CHECK IN ON ME.
6 DAYS LEFT OF THIS 49 DAY ROUTE 66 RIDE. FOR ME IT HAS SO MANY LAYERS BUT BRINGING AWARENESS TO ALZHEIMER’S AND FUNDRAISING IS SUCH A BIG PART.
UNTIL TOMORROW ❤️🚴

RONA

Day 42

DAY 42 SATURDAY


TODAY WAS A 59 MILE DAY WITH IMPENDING HIGH TEMPERATURES 90’S AND STRONG HEADWINDS. WE LEFT PEACH SPRINGS ARIZONA AT 5:30 AM YES 5:30AM …. I HAD MY 2CUPS OF COFFEE AND A FEW BITES OF CEREAL THEN OFF AND RIDING AS THE SUN WAS RISING ONTO A BEAUTIFUL BLUE SKY. ALL WAS GREAT, NICE DOWNHILLS VERY LITTLE TRAFFIC AND RIDING ROUTE 66. ALL CHANGED WHEN I GOT TO MILE 50. THERE WAITING PATIENTLY WERE WICKED HEADWINDS. OH WELL, WHAT’S NEW, TOUGH IT OUT AND 9 MILES LATER I WAS AT THE COMFORT INN IN KINGMAN ARIZONA OUR LAST NIGHT IN ARIZONA😮. 7 DAYS TO SANTA MONICA WITH SOME PLANNED MODIFICATIONS DUE TO 110+- TEMPERATURES AND STRONG HEADWINDS IN THE NEXT FEW TOWNS NEAR THE MOHAVE DESERT. OUR SAFETY IS A PRIORITY TO OUR GUIDE CINDI AND FOR THAT I AM GRATEFUL. SHE IS AN AWESOME LEADER STAYING FOCUSED ON WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT.
RIDING TODAY WITH BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS OFF IN THE DISTANCE, THE BLUEST SKIES I HAVE EVER SEEN, I FELT GOD’S PRESENCE IN HIS CREATIONS. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE FOLLOWED SOME OF MY POSTS I AM BLESSED WITH YOUR SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT.
I AM GRATEFUL TO TAKE THIS CHALLENGING JOURNEY FOR ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS AND FUNDRAISING. THE DIFFICULT DAYS PASS AND THE SUN RISES AGAIN ON A NEW DAY.
SEE YOU TOMORROW FROM CALIFORNIA 🚴❤️

🚴❤️ RONA

Day 41

DAY 41

5:30am WNIS 790 CALL INTO TONY MACRINI FOR BIKE ROUTE 66 Ride For Alzheimer’s update🚴🚴🚴🙂
EARLY MORNING POST IN SELIGMAN ARIZONA
STAYING AT THE STAGECOACH 66 MOTEL
THIS IS THE MOST ICONIC PLACE WE HAVE STAYED ON ROUTE 66. THE MOTEL COMES WITH A TRAIN TRACK NEXT TO US AND THE TRAIN COMES ABOUT EVERY 10-15 MINUTES 😮

That Afternoon…

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MEET BRANDI SHE IS 42, A SINGLE PARENT AND FROM SELIGMAN ARIZONA POPULATION A FEW HUNDRED. BRANDI WORKS AT THE STAGECOACH 66 MOTEL FRONT DESK WHERE WE SPENT THURSDAY NIGHT. I GOT UP EARLY TODAY AND WENT IN THE LOBBY FOR COFFEE.
I ENGAGED HER ABOUT OUR BIKE TRIP AND MY RIDING FOR ALZHEIMER’S. BRANDI SHARED WITH ME THAT HER DAUGHTER’S GRANDFATHER HAS ADVANCED ALZHEIMER’S AND HER OWN MOTHER APPEARS TO BE GOING IN THAT SAME DIRECTION. SHE SHARED SOME BEHAVIORS OF BOTH OF THEM WHICH ARE TYPICAL OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. ONCE AGAIN IN SMALL TOWN ARIZONA THE DISEASE TAKES HOLD OF FAMILIES AND CHANGES LIVES.
OUR MEETING WAS POWERFUL AND ONE I WILL CARRY WITH ME THE REST OF THIS JOURNEY.
WE HAD A SHORT RIDE OF ONLY 26 MILES TO PEACH SPRINGS ARIZONA WHERE WE CHECKED INTO THE GRAND CANYON CAVERNS MOTEL. WE TOOK A TOUR OF THE LARGEST DRY CAVERN AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL. THERE IS NO WATER SO NOTHING CAN LIVE WHILE THE AIR IS SUPPLIED BY UNDERGROUND PRESSURE FROM THE GRAND CANYON 65 MILES AWAY. GO FIGURE!!! HOPE YOU ENJOY THE PICTURES TO FOLLOW MY STORIES.
ABOUT 450 MILES TO GO, 7 BIKING DAYS LEFT AND ONE REST DAY.
THIS IS OUR JOURNEY, YOU ALL HAVE BEEN A SOURCE OF STRENGTH TO ME. I KEEP MY VISION OF A WORLD WITHOUT ALZHEIMER’S IN MY FOCUS.
YOU CAN STILL DONATE TO MY RIDE FOR ALZHEIMER’S I AM STILL RIDING AND WORKING HARD EVERYDAY.
WITH GRATEFULNESS
🚴❤️RONA

Day 40

DAY 40 THURSDAY


ROUTE CHANGES FOR SAFETY
WE LEFT FLAGSTAFF AFTER A REST DAY HEADING FOR SELIGMAN ARIZONA A 72 MILE RIDE. AFTER A FEW MILES WE RODE ONTO INTERSTATE 40 ONLY TO FIND OUT AT A REST STOP THAT WE WERE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO RIDE THE INTERSTATE FOR THE NEXT 23 MILES DUE TO LANE CLOSURES AND NO SHOULDERS. WE LOADED UP THE VAN AND SAG CAR WITH BIKES AND WERE DROPPED OFF AT MILE 50. I MUST SAY WHEN WE LOST THE MILES ON THE INTERSTATE I WAS HAPPY TO FINISH THE RIDE ON ROUTE 66. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL QUIET RIDE AND IT TOOK US TO SELIGMAN. OUR SAFETY CAME FIRST AND I WAS GRATEFUL.
I HAVE SENT PICTURES OF THE RIDE, MOTEL (I AM IN THE ELVIS ROOM ) 😳 , A TOUR OF THE LITTLE TOWN AND GRABBED A VEGGIE BURGER.
IT IS ICONIC ROUTE 66 IN SELIGMAN ARIZONA.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I HOPE TO CONTINUE TO RAISE DONATIONS FOR ALZHEIMERS AS I CONTINUE THIS JOURNEY.
🚴❤️RONA
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DAY 38

DAY 38 TUESDAY

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BEFORE LEAVING THE 1930 POSADA HOTEL IN WINSLOW ARIZONA I CAPTURED SOME INSIDE AND OUTSIDE PHOTOS. THE ARTIST TINA MION, (AND PART OWNER) HAS HER PAINTINGS THROUGHOUT THE HOTEL. THE ONE I HAVE FOR YOU TO SEE IS OF TINA’S GRANDMOTHER THE LAST TIME SHE SAW HER BEFORE SHE DIED OF ALZHEIMER’S. YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW IMPACTFUL IT WAS TO STAND LOOKING AT THAT LARGE PAINTING DEPICTING HER GRANDMOTHER’S DISTANT EYES. THE IMAGE OF ALZHEIMER’S HAD INDEED FOLLOWED ME TO WINSLOW ARIZONA!!!!
WE ROLLED OUT TO RIDE 40 INTERSTATE MILES AND 22 ROLLING AND CLIMBING MILES INTO FLAGSTAFF ARIZONA ELEVATION 6980 FEET.
THAT EXPLAINS THE HEAVY BREATHING 😛😛
WE HAVE GONE 1994 MILES & 552 MILES TO GO.
PLEASE KEEP US IN YOUR PRAYERS FOR A CONTINUED SAFE RIDE AS WE MOVE THROUGH ARIZONA INTO CALIFORNIA.

WITH GRATEFULNESS ❤️🚴RONA

Day 37

DAY 37 MONDAY (12 days left on this journey)


BEFORE LEAVING HOLBROOK ARIZONA WE STOPPED AT THE ICONIC WIGWAM MOTEL. I HAVE SEEN THESE TEE PEE PICTURES BUT IT WAS SO COOL TO REALLY BE THERE.
THEN WE CONTINUED ON A MILD 40 MILES TO WINSLOW ARIZONA. WE ONLY HAD TO RIDE 12 MILES ON INTERSTATE 40. WHEN WE TAKE INTERSTATE IT IS BECAUSE ROUTE 66 IS NOT A SAFE RIDE DUE TO RODE CONDITIONS OR IT ENDS AT THAT POINT TO BE PICKED UP LATER.
WE ARE STAYING AT LA POSADA IN WINSLOW ARIZONA. IT CONTAINS THE SOUTHWEST CULTURE IN STYLE AND ABUNDANCE.
IT WAS ALSO ICONIC TO STAND ON THE CORNER OF WINSLOW ARIZONA AND NEXT TO A FLATBED FORD. ITS A SMALL TOWN WITH A LOT OF ROUTE 66 PRIDE.
I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOUR FOLLOWING ME ON THIS JOURNEY, IT IS ONE WITH MANY FACETS AND EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT. THE CONSTANT IS MY PASSION FOR SUPPORTING A VISION OF A WORLD WITHOUT ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE.
THANK YOU AS ALWAYS TO DONATE: ronasride.wordpress.com
❤️🚴RONA