Queen of the Desert

Unleashing my inner Daenerys, I’ve been crossing the vast, open, uninhabited expanses of Utah and Nevada. In the desert, settlements can be 70 miles or more apart, which means carrying all my water and food with me. Temperatures have been in the high 90s Fahrenheit (35+ degrees Celsius) and sometimes over 100. In Nevada, I’ve been climbing at least a couple of passes every day, usually over 7000 ft, and occasionally with strong headwinds as I’m heading west. Good job nobody told me about all this beforehand, as I’m not sure I would have believed I could do it – especially with leukemia – but here I am, halfway across Nevada and doing great! I guess it’s true – you’ve really got to try stuff. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea. I call it “Cycling Elevated”. Enjoy!



Author: CL Mackay

Aspiring gentleman of leisure in San Francisco, who fancies himself to be a trust fund kid swapped out at birth. Not dented by the male menopause and a pesky diagnosis of leukemia, this former strawberry blond cycled across America, coast to coast, in 2016 and is presently cycling from Vancouver, Canada, to the Mexico border.

15 thoughts on “Queen of the Desert”

  1. Hi Leslie,
    Really like your blog! Would you consider hosting a talk about your travels at SAP when you return? Think about it! Enjoy every minute:-)


  2. Hi Leslie, awesome scenery you’ve shared here! I was wondering how you were dealing with the desert heat. I thought you might be traveling in the early morning or at night. I see you’re in Fallon Nevada. You’re in the home stretch now! Keep up the pedaling, you’re almost there!


  3. Desert, heat, elevated passes, wind…you are doing amazingly well Leslie and so close to home now! Keep thinking of that comfortable bed and a nice cuppa that awaits you the other end! No stopping off in Vegas along the way through Nevada….might be too much of a shock to the senses! πŸ™‚ Fran Xx


  4. This is “elevated reading and viewing” Leslie! You’re some man. Perhaps your planned talk at SAP could be recorded and shared….. We could all benefit from such an inspirational story (no pressure, eh?). Deirdre


  5. Hi Leslie – the latest map on 5th July shows you’ve truly arrived – ****WELL DONE***** – I’m sure we are all looking forward to hearing more and reading about it whenever you can find the energy.

    Very best wishes and massive CONGRATULATIONS on your achievements!!

    Regards, Andrew


  6. Hey Leslie! You made it back! Well done! You’ve probably seen more of the USA up-close and personal than most people who were born here. Amazing! I can’t wait to hear more details. How about a retrospective post here? And more pictures πŸ™‚


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