Williams, AZ to Seligman, AZ
Today marks the start of our longest stretch of biking without a break the entire trip--8 full days! Thankfully today was only 42 miles and mostly downhil. Just as we went to get on the interstate, we saw a sign telling us the way to LA. It's scary to think that we're already that close!
Casey, Kristin, and I all started riding together and were quickly our front. Just after a long downhill though, Casey got a semitruck tire staple in her tire causing a flat. As we changed it a bunch of people passed us. Back on the bikes though, we started to pass group after group that had also gotten flats. It was kind of like playing leap frog but with bikes and flat tires! The ride was relatively easy and very short.
We got to Seligman, a town of just around 500 people, at 11:30. The earliest I've ever arrived at a host before. We explore the town, which turned out to be way more touristy than I thought it would be. It is a very proud Route 66 town, that the movie Cars is loosely based off of. There were lots of little touristy shops and we walked around for a bit until it was time to head to the host.
We stayed at a campsite tonight so we had to pitch tents and make our own dinner. The campsite also had a pool that we all relaxed at before we started working. Most importantly though, tonight was the opening ceremonies for the ME2SB13 Chore Olympics. There's one week left that we get to pick which chore group we want and competing in "Olympic games" is how we're going to decide who gets what chore. It was super intense and teams really brought their A game. My team is currently in last place but there is no where to go but up!! On an unrelated note, tonight was the night of the full moon and at one point the moon looked gigantic just above the horizon while directly opposite of it the giant sun was setting. It was incredible. I stood there with a few people with our arms stretched out wide taking in the moment. No picture could have captured it.