On Saturday, December 3, Jesse said good-bye to California and hello to Arizona as he walked over the state line into Parker, Arizona! Jesse was doubly glad to see Parker, because he had been out in the desert in California about a week–and for 1 1/2 days he had been in the Santa Ana wind storm. Unfortunately, the storm was so fierce that Jesse had to leave his cart behind–he couldn’t control it in the tremendous gusts of wind, so he had no choice but to leave it.
Jesse was really excited to “do some serious damage” at a Pizza Hut buffet he found in Parker. He checked into a hotel for a hot shower and a bed off the ground for one night, but shortly after he checked in the whole town lost power due to the Santa Ana wind storm! Fortunately, the power outage didn’t last too long, so he was able to recharge his phone and enjoy a little TV.
The next morning Jesse searched for a substitute for his cart and found a sturdier bike/stroller cart at a Super Walmart. He put it together and then stocked up with food for the next part of his journey through Arizona, which he’s on now. Here’s a picture of his new and improved cart. He has it attached to his backpack so he can pull it behind him. He was able to purchase more food that he had in the desert, so hopefully it will last him for a little while.
Jesse hit the trail again and is now in Salome, AZ headed to Phoenix. He’s walking on the Salome Road and will be on that most of the way to Phoenix.
Here’s a screenshot of a map of the area. You can click on this link to go to the map to go to the live map: Salome.