Taking a day off means different things for TLE and I.....for TLE it means mostly ready a good book, or two. For me it means doing something with my hands. This Friday, for me, it meant cleaning the exterior of all our windows in the coach....there are 11 windows in our coach counting the two piece windshield, which I count as two. We knew rain was coming in later in that evening, but I would rather have my windows get wet when they are clean, otherwise the dirt and dust that is on them streaks and then makes them look even worse.
While I was at it I wiped down the VW which was quite dusty from our 10 mile dirt road drive out to Muley Point on Thursday. Once again my theory is the same for our car.....would rather it rain on a clean car, than on a dirty car....water is easy to wipe off, muddy dirt is quite another thing.
Once those housekeeping chores were done I got my mountain bike ready to ride.....right were you turn into our campground the paved road ends, but continues on as a dirt road. I've wanted to explore that road ever since we got here. Our elevation here in Devil's Canyon campground is around 7,145' according to my Garmin Edge bike computer. I rode uphill for a little over 2.5 miles before stopping to turn around. I had gained almost 500' elevation in that distance. The dirt road has a lot of sandy spots over that 2.5 mile stretch which made it quite a work out for me, especially at over 7,600'. The downhill back to camp was my reward....I think I topped 25 mph at one point.
Our altimeter reads a tad higher than 7,145', but it's close
We both spent the rest of the afternoon reading.....for me there were a couple of interspersed naps. Around 5 TLE served me some pollo asada street tacos, which made me weak in the knees as they always do. Around 7 we started a fire in the portable fireplace and watched a somewhat cloudy sunset, and the approach of the storm front we were expecting. It's funny, sometimes we will sit by the fire chatting like a couple of magpies, and other times like last night we will just sit quietly enjoying each others presence making occasional comments, but pretty much just being quiet.
Around 9 we turned on the TV to watch "Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares", and were in bed by 11 pm awaiting the arrival of the forecast rain. Around 1:30 am I woke up to hear that lovely rain on the aluminum roof that I love so much.....we have not had rain for a long, long time.
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