|Trace The Mitten|
Happenings, Reflections, Ideas, Analysis
Needles is known for the heat and 108 degrees today did not disappoint me. Tonight's low will be 81 degrees. Am I kidding you? 7 % humidity and a North wind at 8 mph.
This is now Needles transportation center.
These peaks were in inspiration for the city name. I can see how the peaks got the name.
106 degrees, humidity at 15%, wind from SW at 7 mph.
Finishing Arizona, the 7th state of this trip. Am I worried about the desert? Yes! My camelbak holds 100 oz and I have three 23oz bottles. I keep a bottle of pop in my pack because sometimes I crave a different taste. I will fill up at any store to be topped off.
The Colorado river serves as the border and several lakes have been formed . The river is a vital source of water for over 40 million people. It drains seven states and with the Rio Grande it are the primary rivers in the southwest US. The river is over 1450 miles in length.
Hot day, Wind 9 mph from SW. 32% humidity. 20% humidity
Ready to move on. The elevation is now 1102' and that feels like home.
These signs were found along many US highways. They were started in 1926 and used until 1963. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma-Shave. They were a favorite of the passengers and helped pass the time looking for the next Burma phrase. Shave the modern way / No brush / No lather / No rub-in / Big tube 35 cents – Drug stores / Burma-Shave . Now we just use use cream from the aerosol can. Those with safety concerns felt that the signs distracted the drivers away from the road.
101 degrees today. No precipitation expected by there are flash flood warnings. The gully can fill up quickly with turbulent waters. Wind from the SW at 15 mph. I put my hand on the drop of the bars and put my head down into the wind. I stop to catch my breath, re-energize and look around.
The town of Hackberry was named after a tree and that seems too obvious. This town started as a mining town. The silver mine was started
Excessive heat warning today. It has been hot every day, so I guess this means that it will be worse. 99 degrees when I write this and it will warm up some more today. SW wind at 15. 15 % humidity. Sunrise at 6:02 and sunset at 7:06. Get up early and beat the heat.