At milemarker 284, I applied more sunblock as the heat intensied.
Overall, I was doing well though.
A sign for an Apache Tribal Warm Line in Bylas.
By the way, did you know there is a suicide text line? Text 741741 to contact a committed and responsive listener.
(I've texted them as a test, and they do respond promptly.)
I took another break when I arrived in Bylas at 43 miles.
Maybe it sounds hokey, but while on the reservation, I wanted to be a blessing to an Apache person. It didn't have to be much. I just didn't
want to ride through without making a meaningful human connection.
By the time I got to Bylas, I knew I had to do something, as the reservation border was only two miles ahead.
Isn't it hard to truly bless someone if you don't know them well or understand their needs?
Still, the pressure was on. So what did I do? First, I bought a cupcake at a stand for 50 cents.
(I know, I know, big freakin' deal.) Inside the supermarket, I made
a woman laugh who was mopping the floor. Then, as I sat outside the store, a guy asked for money, and so I gave him ten dollars. That was about it.
Riding out of Bylas ...
Geronimo had two or three shabby buildings, and that was it.
Fort Thomas, Arizona
I was happy to arrive in Fort Thomas, but disappointed the town's store was closed. If you watch the video in its entirety, you'll observe
how the heat was getting to me. :)
21 more miles to Safford.
There is a massive saguaro cactus at the Pima post office.
Here's what I thought of it ...
The main drag. It was so good to arrive. My mileage totaled 76 miles.
I arrived in Safford around the time protestors were gathering to march to the courthouse, which was part of protests happening nationwide
on Presidents' Day.
Politics is a touchy issue, so I won't say much except that this was my favorite sign. It's a fitting exhortation.
Empathy for others.
The Eastern Arizona Courier did an
article about my bike trip.
The story would come out two weeks later while I was in West Texas. Much
thanks to David Sowders and the staff for their interest in my journey.
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