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Day 78 – Desert Rose

By Jon in : News // Jul 18 2011

Leaving Phoenix

I left a little earlier today after being warned by Ryan that the temperature was going to be sky high today. I wanted to try and get one cool stint in today. I headed out from the city limits and soon I was on a dust road. This slows the pace down but it is a lot more relaxing on the feet. After about 5 minutes I found myself right in the middle of an open shooting range. It was ridiculous. Just guns going off left right and centre. I made it out the other side and headed off, guns shots echoing behind me.

The Desert

So I am now in the desert! It is exactley what I expected to be and it is brutal. Maybe it is psychological, maybe it is hotter but I was drinking water like a fish, i managed to get sun burnt even with a tonne of suncream on. Anyway I have about 5 more days of it, So i am psyching myself up for it. I guess that due to us being up in the mountains for so long and then jumping down into the desert almost straight away means my body hasn’t acclimatised properly. I am sure I will manage. I just need to cover up and make sure I drink enough water!


Another amazing sunset. I looked up at it, and kind of laughed to myself. This is the part of the trip I have been waiting for! The toughest five days are ahead of me, yet I see such a beautiful sight. I thought about how I have done this and how little time I have left on this journey. I want to try and enjoy it but I cannot stop thinking about the finish and how much I want to relax after it all. Then I think I will reflect on some of the amazing things I have seen and the constant welcoming nature of the Americans. This sunset was a picture and it really made me think what an amazing trip this has been so far!