#SD2KW, Day 8, Salome to Wickenburg, 54 miles | Ground Hog Day (but not really)

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The day started out as most every other day with push-ups, planks, prayers and breakfast (grits for me and oatmeal for Tom). Loved the wall art and vibe of our cafe breakfast place.

We got on the road and our usual friend showed up (the head wind) and just 15 miles down the road, another flat tire. Same bike. Same tire. This place wasn’t as nice to change a flat as the day before as we were now in the scruff off the side of Highway 60.

This little wire is what took out Tom’s tire.

Faithful in all circumstances and knowing we’d figure it out together, we continued cycling toward Wickenburg, taking it a mile at a time and me mostly hugging the back of Tom’s bike to hide from the wind and watching his back tire hoping it would hold air. A quick lunch and phone call to a bike shop and we were off.

About 15 miles from town, we began to notice the wind stopped! And we had a scenic downhill ride all the way into Wickenburg. Yee Haw! 🤠

The day gets even better with a stay at a Best Western right next to the best Bar B Q we’ve ever eaten at Hassayampa Bar B Q.

As we were tearing into our food (the way most hungry cyclists do) I kept hearing a familiar voice from the adjacent table. Turns out it was Trace Adkins.

After he left the restaurant we asked owner John who the patron was and he confirmed it was Trace. John (a former long distance runner/cyclist who now ropes at rodeos) then let us know he and his brother Chef Michael and their pops just bought the restaurant.

Same start to the day but what a different ending from a week ago when we were eating chicken ramen in a dinky hotel in the middle of nowhere.

And hey if you’re ever traveling this way, Wickenburg, Arizona is a cool rodeo town with exceptional Bar B Q. Surrounded by mountains, there’s lots of outdoor fun too. So plan a stop!

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9 thoughts on “#SD2KW, Day 8, Salome to Wickenburg, 54 miles | Ground Hog Day (but not really)”

    1. It’s always the people isn’t it?! So many great people to meet and listen to. Glad you like the music 😉 It’s fun to pick out. Sometimes the songs pertain to the day and sometimes I just like them so I use them! Thanks for following along, Cathy. 😘😘


  1. Based on the reflection in the window of your Best Western motel room, it looks like you had a great view out of your window! I’m enjoying your journey, probably not as much as you are, but almost feel like I’m right there. Enjoy!

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    1. It WAS a beautiful view (AND we did a load of wash) and it’s so nice to have fresh, clean clothes. Thanks so much for the follow. It’s fun to share and then look back at views when we are finished. 😊


  2. I love your posts. Look forward to them every day. I’m real curious why the tire sealant didn’t plug the hole in the rear tire made by such a small wire? Shouldn’t the sealant have taken care of that easily?

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoy them. I know I look forward to following bike travelers like you and Shauna and others when we’re at home and y’all are out and about. We didn’t have any sealant in that rear tire (just a tube). That little wire punctured the tube. Tube was in there because Tom’s back tire picked up a long nail that not only punctured the tire which he successfully plugged but that nail perforated the tire sidewall and that couldn’t be fixed – or at least we couldn’t fix. It was kind of a fluke. He got a new tire and we bought a couple more tubes just in case. 👍🏻👍🏻


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