As I was leaving my motel room today, I met Brett Bramble. Brett is walking across the United States from Delaware to San Francisco to raise awareness for drug overdose. Over 47,000 Americans died of drug overdose in 2014, including Brett’s sister. He has been on the road for seven months and plans to be in San Francisco by mid-November. If you want to check out his journey, he has a blog at brettbramblewalks.com.
Today was a more pleasant ride. It was a little warmer with much less climbing. The highway went around the mountain ridges rather than through them. This meant most of my ride was through the valleys.
I started enjoying the landscape again. The series of mountain ridges and valleys is beautiful and fascinating. The little towns along the way are also very cool. As I have mentioned before, this area does not have the highest mountains in the country, but it has the most. Unlike the Rockies and Sierra Nevadas, which were formed when land masses pushed into each other, these mountains were caused by a combination of the land being pulled apart and erosion.
It doesn’t take long for it to get cold at nigh, however. The temperatures start to drop even before the sun sets. By the time the sun in down, it is downright cold.