75 miles from Gallup to Petrified Forest National Park.
Kind of a pity that I missed the sign of ” Welcome to Arizona “, since I stayed on small road for 30 miles then got onto I-40, I wouldn’t miss it if I got onto I-40 earlier.
I don’t really like riding on interstate, it’s less fun than the small road, but isn’t any other way to get here.
Got the killer headwinds again! It was like a disaster, I was thinking if I go back riding from west to east, maybe I don’t even need to pedal, the tailwinds could make it reach to 20 mph!
There is nothing at the Petrified Park, everything closed at 6, I’m the only one here tonight! I just pitched my tent next to the power stations, thanks for the noise that makes this desolate place not too quiet.
My stove stopped working when I was going to cook dinner, I just had to eat ramen with cold water instead.
Everything seems not so well today, but who knows? At least I still feel grateful that I got here safely and enjoying my worship time in my tent.
It is not how much we have but how much we enjoy that makes our happiness.
Happy is he….whose hope is in the Lord his God.
When I woke up next morning, I was hesitating if I should head 60 miles directly to Holbrook or take 56 miles detours to tour around this National Park, the full distance of this National Park is 28 miles, I don’t want to miss the scenery, but ride 60＋56miles a day with headwinds would be terrible. After I prayed, I decided to start my adventure, that’s why I am here for, I’m not making everything easy, but interesting.
The second 5 miles, the terrible headwinds almost knocked me down from my bike, when I was taking pictures, the wind just blew my helmet off from my head! My phone was almost blew away as well! The wind was not just strong but dangerous! It was like a hurricane! If I were not on the way, I couldn’t imagine how could people ride in such a disaster weather, it was even hard for walking. I thought I already get used to it after days of headwinds fighting, but it seemed it would never get to the end after being knocked down for several times,however, there was only one thought in my mind, keep pedaling, till the very end.
The third 5 miles, finally got to Blue Mesa! I felt like crying when I saw the amazing mesa ,not just because of the extraordinary beauty of nature, but also my hard earned arriving, the nature gives you hard time but also amazing gift at the same time, never stop the pursuit of beauty and the lust for the dream no matter how many times you are stricken by life!
The fourth 5 miles, when I was asking for road directions I surprisingly found that I didn’t have to take detours at all ( except for the 7 miles to Blue Mesa), i was just on the same direction to Holbrook, i could head there at the end exit of this park! Can you imagine how grateful i was feeling? When you walk in God’s will, your life will be filled with surprise.