Round, Round, Get Around After passing through 48 states on my journey, I finally get around to visiting California. Home of the Beach Boys! We spends some time in Los Angeles, reconnecting with some old friends and visiting song place 87 of 92, Pasadena. Saturday, September 7th, 2019 Oro Valley, Arizona, USA West we go! I was rolling by 6:15am. The worst heat of the day tends to “sleep in” a little bit, so I wanted to log as many comfortable miles as I could. My plans for the day were certainly ambitious, so getting an early start was paramount. When this day began, I considered myself fairly well traveled. I could claim 48 states and 30 countries in my lifetime travels. However, my resume contained one glaring deficiency: California. I still had never been there. It’s not that I’ve been avoiding it, it’s just a weird statistical anomaly. Intrepid readers of this quality publication will know that we reserve the “turned around, black and white, helmet raised” photo for special occasions. Reaching the 49th state of our trip (and our lifetime) definitely qualifies: It is still too early for me to claim that I have been Everywhere, but at this point I think I am at least able to say that “I Get Around.” I was sort of expecting the scenery to get lush and green right away. But unbeknownst to me, I’d just entered a brand new desert, the Colorado Desert. Much of this area is actually below sea level. I stopped in the town of Coachella and went to their library. It was just 12:30pm and I already had over 350 miles logged. Nice. The security guard at the library was a biker and gave me a warm welcome to California. I didn’t really need the extra warmth though, since the temperature was already over 110 degrees (44 C). I had stopped so that I could watch the Husker game, organizing some media while doing so. They ended up losing in overtime, taking four hours out of my day and a good chunk of my sanity with it.