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 first 5 miles, the scenery really make it worth.

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.

今天终于跨越到亚利桑那州,跨过的第三个时区,和国内已经是15小时的时差。
  120公里的山路,依旧是要命的逆风,我在想如果我是往回骑的话也许根本就不用踩都能跟着风达到30的时速。
骑到中间有一度真的很恼火,甚至想要大声咆哮出来,就像是不管你怎么用力往前跑都有一大群人把你向后推一样,像魔鬼一样的风在一点一点的消耗着我的耐心,这看不见尽头的山路,这没有任何停靠点的高速,这骑一步退三步的速度,比一场马拉松更让我觉得漫长,可是你能怎样呢?对风生气?你的愤怒只会被风吹回给自己。对自己生气?道路是自己选择的又没人逼迫你。我把音乐空放到最大声,尽管声音都被淹没在风里但是还是随着节奏让自己摇摆起来,并且尽量趴低身体减少阻力,在长上坡时便只看轮胎不看路,甚至不看码表,就这样自我麻痹中摇到终点。
到达这个国家公园时唯一的一个礼品店已经关门了,方圆几百里的地方都只有自己一个人,晚上沙漠的风刮的更是诡戾,好在找到一个小发电站旁边的一堵墙后面扎了帐篷,发电的声音嗡嗡的响,让这块荒无人烟的地方显得没那么宁静,好歹给了我一些陪伴和安慰,天知道有多少个宁静的一个人露营在外的夜晚一只虫子爬过的声音也能将我惊醒。
晚上准备煮点东西结果发现炉子坏掉了,连喝杯热水的希望也破灭了,最后只好泡面就着冷水下咽,哈哈其实脆度刚好,不信你试试。
似乎今天的一切看来都不那么顺利,但是谁知道呢?至少此刻我仍快乐的在帐篷内感恩拥有的平安。感谢神也一直在磨练我的心志,他不是忽略了我,而是在预备我,看似不平的环境也是最好的时刻让你缔造刚强。
第一天一早起来又开始纠结,是该多骑44公里游完这个国家公园还是继续踏上征程?如果多骑44公里然后骑回来那么又得要继续骑96公里的路程到达下一个镇,在这样超级逆风➕爬坡的情况下一天140公里其实是要命的距离,可是好歹已经来到了这里,似乎不去探索一番便离开不是我的性格。在做了一番祷告后,我决定为风景踏上这多44公里的路程。

第一个5公里,风景简直美哭了

第二个5公里,大风开始更加的猛烈,好几次几乎把我吹倒在路边,此时我已经感受到风不仅是猛烈而是接近危险,当我停下来在路边照相的时候,头盔直接从头上被吹风掉,要不是捡的快,早已经跌入山崖,手机也差点从手上吹落在地。当开始骑行的时候,迎面的风几乎让我感到窒息,这是我这辈子感受到最强烈的一次飓风,如果不是自己正在路上,我无法想象如何在这样的天气里骑行,因为连走路都很困难。连日以来这样的受虐我以为自己早已习惯,可是当飓风一次又一次把挣扎中的我吹倒在路边的时候,我感觉自己真的踏上了一条看不见尽头的路。可是脑海中仍然只有一个想法,继续骑,直到终点。

第三个5公里,到达Blue Mesa,看到这些震撼的风景真的特别想哭,为这大自然鬼斧神工的美景,也为自己这来之不易的遇见,大自然给我磨砺也给我馈赠,不管生活如何的鞭打,可是永远不要失去对美的追求和梦想的渴望。

第四个5公里,居然在问路的时候发现我根本不用走回头路,而是在这个国家公园的尽头就可以直接出口到达下一个镇!也就是我其实一直在去下一个镇的方向上,只不过是不同的路线而已。感谢神总是指引我最好的方向,若不是因为祷告,我想我可能直接走上了高速而错过了如此的美景,走在他的道路中,总是充满惊喜。即使飓风依然猛烈,可是我却收获了额外的馈赠,生活从来不肯亏待拼命的你!

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