The day started out with a couple thousand feet of elevation gain through hills of Joshua Trees. By the time the elevation leveled out it was borderline unbearably hot. It was the type of heat where you feel constantly parched, unable to ever drink away the metallic taste in your dry mouth. The problem is that your water bottles are hot the touch, and your water’s temperature is more suitable for bathing. But still you drink, and it doesn’t feel like it does you any good.
It was one of those days, and the only thing pushing me was the need to refill water (in Tehachapi), the promise of shade (in Tehachapi), and a cold drink (in Tehachapi). Basically, Tehachapi was the goal. And I got here.
Main Photo: The last hills before descending to Highway 58 and riding to Tehachapi, CA on June 12.