after a great night kicking around salome, az we woke early and headed out on highway 60 towards california. it’s a bit surreal to see all the signs list LA, still several days away, which is the first real sign that we are on the tail end of the dog.
the road was awesome bathed in the morning light and a false flat with no wind. that equals one of two possibilities fast or easy. with so little time left, no heat forecast for the day, amazing desert mountains I picked easy. the road had a few twists some beuatiful small towns and dumped onto i10 for the last stretch of highway of the trip. finally into quartzsite for what was originally planned as an early lunch but with the speed is much closer to a late breakfast (which is nice since I didn’t have any pancakes or waffles this morning and missed my syrup fix).
back on the road and I am screaming at the top of my lungs my favorites of greenday (whats up adina). I am sure the passing drivers if they could hear wouldn’t think it any more odd than the lone biker with pink handlebars, a funny tan, cruising down the interstate in general. they miss out since all of them are shut in their little cabins, windows up, AC on… ok today they miss out.
a few more miles and suddenly the mighty colorado sticks its nose out and along with it the california state line. shut the door, the last state.
your sign of the day. along the interstate there are hills that have almost tattoos on them. white painted rocks hauled by city organizers into a careful meaningful design– for instance the massive football size Q is seen for miles as you enter into quartzsite. some take their time and carry a message like welcome to our outback or some other low rent marketing addage that no longer is used, but hell they are rocks, so they were left. in this case I wouldn’t think this was an elected official with a great idea, rather someone with a careful warning. weed makes you do funny things which in the desert might lead to carrying heavy rocks, into a fair warning. (given you a context photo as well)