Skydiving out of Western USA

Southern Cali

I was happy to finally reach Southern California. Mainly to see some family and friends one last time in the States, but also to escape the rain and flat tires that plagued me in Arizona. I first crossed the Mojave Desert, more than 100 miles of absolutely nothing. I would share the poem I wrote about the Mojave, but l left it for lost travelers next to the Iron Mountain World War 2 military training camp. After surviving the desert, I rode along a massive wind farm near North Palm Springs, and through miles of stoplights on my way into Los Angeles. A restful weekend with my big brother in LA meant swimming in the Pacific along the beaches of Malibu, and jumping from a plane at more than 12,000 ft. I then made my way south towards Mexico, but not before seeing a friend who I biked across the country with 4 years ago. Our weekend of fun in San Diego was the perfect ending to a great trip across America.

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Some of the wind turbines near Palm Springs

 

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First family dinner in a while

 

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My bro gearing up for skydiving. No footage from the free fall, they would not let me jump out of the plane with my GoPro.

 

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Morning view along Highway 1

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Sunset view in San Diego

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Taking in the San Diego ocean view with my friend Kara from Bike and Build and her friend Celine

Arizona

Coming into Arizona I thought it was one big dry desert. Wrong. Arizona was windier than Kansas in some places, thornier than a blackberry bush, and rainier than any stretch of the States I had done. I traveled several days through Navajo Country. I learned a lot from these peaceful people about how Anglo Americans have mistreated them.

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I had the pleasure of sleeping next to a solar panel that provided all of the power that a Navajo family used in their home.

I had the pleasure of sleeping next to a solar panel that provided all of the power that a Navajo family used in their home.

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More Arizona Solar Panels

Colorado

Words don't describe Colorado very well, so I will let some of my photos try.

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Kansas

Kansas is one big, flat, windy state, with really nice people inside. Here are a couple jokes about Kansas:

What is the best part about Kansas? When you actually leave Kansas.

Why did the cookie crisp cross the road? Kansas.

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