Oxbow, OR to Baker City, OR
An angry looking heat rash began to appear on Becky's lower thighs a few days ago. With the direct intense sun that part of our bodies has been experiencing the past week, it's no surprise. What to do? Online home remedies include: stay out of direct sun, stay indoors in an air conditioned room, and avoid physical activities. OK... There's no way of avoiding the sun in a barren, treeless place like this. To stop riding isn't an option, and remaining in an air conditioned room is a joke. Becky's solution is to channel her best Jennifer Lopez In-Living-Color Fly-Girl. What I mean is, she has begun to use both our Buffs to wrap around her thighs, essentially shading her legs from the knees up. Her Buff, which shields her right leg, is white with purple lettering repeating the word FUNK. My Buff, which shields her left leg, is a mess of crazy colors in a scene resembling the Starry Night painting only on acid. Wearing her new neon multi-colored tank top, along with these makeshift retro gangster shorts, it's a perfect ensemble straight out of an old school hip-hop video. Needless to say, she looks good... "That girl is poison... Poison, poison." - Bell Biv DeVoe
With absolutely no energy, I struggle to continue pumping my legs. I could tell Becky was in the same boat. What were we to do, stop and eat a snack under the relentless scorching sun or continue on? Both seemed direr options. I guess we just continued on because at the time it seemed the easier of two painful choices. In retrospect, we should have simply stopped and eaten something, even if it meant a couple extra minutes in the sun. After all, we were baking in the sun as we continued on the bikes. Hunger and lack of energy have such a puzzling effect on the body. All the obvious physical characteristics are traumatizing enough, however, it's the mental aspect that really can be a nail in the coffin. Not that this was remotely a life or death situation, but I can completely agree with what the experts say about keeping a positive attitude. It can be a game changer and potentially save your life.
Average speed: 9.8 mph
Max speed: 34 mph
Odometer: 3840 miles