Today is the 19th birthday of my daughter, Ruth. 1:17 a.m. June 20, 1980, a day I will never forget. Happy Birthday, Ruth. I love you and miss you very much. I remember bringing Ruth home from the hospital and watching her sleep contentedly through the afternoon and into the evening. It was so sweet... until late night when she woke up. We learned something that day.
This is a doubly bittersweet day because it's also Father's Day, and I'm not with my daughters. I called them in the morning before they left for church. I am blessed to be the father of such wonderful daughters. Any of you that are parents of more than one child know just how completely different they are. Ruth and Alyce are so special each in their own ways.
When I turned on the motel tv in the morning, the first thing I heard was the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing great hymns of the faith. It couldn't have been a better welcome to the state of Utah. I like the singular things about the states, and Mormonism may be THE singular thing about Utah. Have you ever read the Book of Mormon? I have.
Well, four flats yesterday and an air pump that doesn't work and 80 plus miles of Utah desert to cross. Nothing to do but go for it.
After riding in a straight line due east from the state line for approximately 20 miles, there was the first major Utah climb.
After dropping down the eastern slope of Utah's first range, things got r-e-a-l-l-y remote. Hard to describe. Almost no traffic, no nothing. It was getting hot; the first truly hot day of the trip. Would the water hold? When would the flat tire come that would just end the day?
It was very hot, but my water held. I got the 35 mile gallon fine and looked for the 55 gallon jug, but it was not to be found. I looked at 60 and 65; no show. Either I miscommunicated with the Mohrs or some lowlife picked it up. For some reason, I didn't need it anyway. One reason may be the very strong tailwind I had for the last 30 miles into Delta.
And did you notice? NO FLAT TIRES!!!!! I really cannot believe it. I believe I was given this day as a Father's Day present.
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