This has been covered hundreds of times, but there is a reason for it. It is starting to get warm here in Arizona. Your body will dehydrate quickly when you are riding across the desert. There is nothing worse than to see a rider pass out from heat exhaustion, going 70 MPH. (I’ve seen it). Start drinking water now. If it’s really hot, think about getting a cooling vest, they do work. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate.
FNG SR 2013
ATW SR 2013,14,15,16,17,18,19
SR Asst Fuel Crew Leader 2019
ALR-VP-RC Post 66 Green Valley, Az.
Az. Patriot Guard Rider
Proud to be an American
Yes, yes, yes! Also remember that once you have gotten to the point of becoming symptomatic, it’s a bit too late. Adequate hydration requires time. A bottle or 2 of water will help but it won’t be enough. Begin now and be sure to bring and drink plenty of liquids on your way west. Keep your water tank (body) full.
Also, if your skin hasn’t seen the sun since last September, think about wearing long sleeves and covering your wrists next month. Second degree sunburns aren’t much fun, and long sleeves will keep you cooler due to controlled evaporation. Your ride into Ontario should give you a hint about the California weather on Day One of the Run. Above all else, listen to your body and avoid the macho crap… that’s dangerous for you, and for the riders behind you.
Jim "The Mayor" Frost
USAF SSgt 66-69
Bien Hoa AB, RVN 8/67-10/69