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After a couple of miles, I pass the Cima Store at 4200 feet, and it's actually open this time, at this late hour!

After a couple of miles, I pass the Cima Store at 4200 feet, and it's actually open this time, at this late hour! I'm glad to finally be on the top of Morning Star Mine Road, but the headwind pushing me back is even more ferocious up here!ThumbnailsThe six-mile crawl up Cima Road rises another 800 feet up to 5000 feet elevation and is quite pleasant with very little trafficI'm glad to finally be on the top of Morning Star Mine Road, but the headwind pushing me back is even more ferocious up here!ThumbnailsThe six-mile crawl up Cima Road rises another 800 feet up to 5000 feet elevation and is quite pleasant with very little trafficI'm glad to finally be on the top of Morning Star Mine Road, but the headwind pushing me back is even more ferocious up here!ThumbnailsThe six-mile crawl up Cima Road rises another 800 feet up to 5000 feet elevation and is quite pleasant with very little trafficI'm glad to finally be on the top of Morning Star Mine Road, but the headwind pushing me back is even more ferocious up here!ThumbnailsThe six-mile crawl up Cima Road rises another 800 feet up to 5000 feet elevation and is quite pleasant with very little trafficI'm glad to finally be on the top of Morning Star Mine Road, but the headwind pushing me back is even more ferocious up here!ThumbnailsThe six-mile crawl up Cima Road rises another 800 feet up to 5000 feet elevation and is quite pleasant with very little traffic

I'm thrilled and instantly come up with a plan to buy extra water at the store here and then ride up the hill six miles to spend the final two nights of my trip camping by Sunrise Rock on Cima Dome.

Ironically, the strong wind will push me up the hill on Cima Road such that it paradoxically won't be any harder than riding down the hill toward Kelso Depot with the wind beating against me.

I had been wanting to stop at the Cima Dome area on this trip anyway, but couldn't fit it into my original route schedule.

I stop in at the Cima Store for three 1.5-litre bottles of water to top off my supply, and a six-pack of Corona Extra beer that I can't resist. I also buy a souvenir t-shirt ("Where is Las Vegas? 75 miles from Cima, CA") and a bag of chips and a 7up to consume while repacking my bike with the new supplies.

Just when I thought maybe my trip was winding down to its end, I've got an unexpected exciting new segment of it beginning!