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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.

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The sunlight was turning the clouds around it rainbow colors. I don't think it really came out in the photo, though.

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.

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I saw several dust devils as I rode through the valleys today.

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.

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6 thoughts on “Dust Devils (October 4)

  1. We were hit by a huge dust devil as we sat in the sun by a lake last summer. It was frightening to the grandkids as it came out of nowhere, tossed a chair cover up into a tree, and then spun away again. A mini-tornado really. Hope you don’t ride through any of them.

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  2. Barry, I can’t get my computer to “like” these comments. But I really “like” your comment. Sharie, that does sound like a very big dirt devil and very scary to a child.

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  3. Brad, I just went to Brett’s blog and saw the picture of the two of you. He’s right. You ARE a cool guy !!!! 🙂

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  4. Bradley, I have read your entire blog and have thoroughly enjoyed it!! I check the site looking for new updates and am always disappointed when you’ve not been able to add one. I will definitely miss it once your journey is over and you post your final blog. I cannot imagine crossing the USA east to west OR north to south on a bicycle; absolutely amazing!!! I have used my phone to read the blogs. I am looking forward to checking it out on my PC to better enjoy the photos. When Joel backpacked Europe he kept an online blog. After it was over he ordered a book a company made from his blog. I’d encourage you to do the same. It will be a lifetime treasure.

    Lonnie and I are KICKING ourselves for not having gotten in contact with you when you were headed west from Central City, NE. When you crossed over into Kansas and came through Bird City, you were only about 25 miles from where we live……..it would have been really great to see you and we so easily could have driven up there and taken you out for lunch or something!!

    Thanks for taking me along on your journey via your blog. It’s been fantastic!!

    Sincerely,
    Patricia

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