The Adventure of Exploring
Joe and I intended to ride straight through from Yuma to Phoenix on our mapping ride, but things didn’t turn out exactly as planned. I had a road marked after Agua Caliente that I believed was the correct route to Phoenix, but it wasn’t and we ended up out in the desert on a 100+ degree day. More on that later. We know from Baker’s writing that he made it to the post office in Dome, AZ the morning of his second day after leaving Yuma. We have some mountain roads we are coming back to explore later, but we know that Baker later made it to Agua Caliente. Be sure to read his account in “Baker’s Route” about how he ran out of gas and had to push his bike a few miles in 119-degree heat.
Sidebar: Unsuccessful first attempt from Agua Caliente to Phoenix
The reason our map from Yuma to Phoenix ends at Agua Caliente is that back in June when Joe and I were doing a mapping ride, all went well as shown above from Yuma to Agua Caliente. However, from there I mistook a dirt road heading east for Agua Caliente Rd, which was called the “Agua Caliente Scenic Route” on the paper map I had with me. I did have a Garmin GPS on board which I use to mark where I have been, but couldn’t get it to show me the old dirt road that I needed to be on. One local source told me the road would be wide enough to drive a motor home on it, so for a few miles I thought we were on the right track. That would soon change however…
Once we got Joe’s 990 repaired, we knew that the heat of summer had arrived in the desert southwest of Arizona, so we decided to skip over that state for now and get the rest of the U.S. bookmarked. Having completed that and after riding all the way to New York City recently, this fall we plan to return to Arizona, and perhaps some of New Mexico to finish our mapping work, which will complete the entire route of Cannon Ball Baker’s 1914 ride.