Right now I am planing to ride from Flagstaff (AZ) to Tuba City (AZ) to Kayenta (AZ) to Bluff (UT) to Cortez (CO) and finally onto Durango (CO). I will likely rest a day in Durango before beginning the huge climb over the mountains to Ouray, CO where I hope to tick Black swift. There are VERY VERY few places to stay in these towns, and there is basically nothing in between them. This means I had to spend a lot of time today sorting out where I can get food and water on each of these legs. Temperatures will be a bit warmer than they are here in Flagstaff, but they won't be anything like the 100+ inferno I saw around Tucson/Phoenix.
The average of these 5 days with be ~70 miles/day
There will be some climbing, but not as much as yesterday.
For logistical reasons, I am actually going to spend an additional night (Friday) in Flagstaff. This means tomorrow will be a very down day. As I have very few lodging options through the stretch outlined above, I need to make sure people are around to host me in each of these areas. After talking with all of my potential hosts, it makes sense to delay my departure from Flagstaff for another day. It is painful to have to do this, but I cannot mess around in this region which is so support-thin. Once I get into Colorado, I will have a ton of support. I am really looking forward to my time in Colorado as a result.
While my bike was getting checked out this morning, I did make a short foray on foot to view a Lewis's woodpecker nest in downtown Flagstaff. I had great directions, and both birds were attending to the nest when I arrived. They came and went for the 40 mins that I watched the nest. They were pretty high up, but I was able to get a decent record shot year bird #463!
I also spent some time sitting very still trying to photograph the neighborhood Pinyon jays at my host's house. There was a nice burt of activity just at the end of the day when the light was best, so I walked away with a few nice shots!
I was going to write a bit about my diet, but to be perfectly honest, my brain is fried after nailing down hosts, looking at satellite imagery of roads, considering elevations changes, and so on. I am going to shut it down and go to bed. I'll write about my food intake at some point though, I promise.The logistics of this trip is REALLY REALLY REALLY time consuming and tiring - just as much so as riding the bike.