After leaving imperial valley came more desert. 80 miles between towns/water and serious headwinds. I was averaging about 8mph- brutal! It took much long than expected. After an amazing sunset-chocolate mts in the background- the wind died down a bit and so did the traffic.
After reaching Palo Verde(pop 430) and getting a gallon of water for a quarter out of a vending machine, I decided to press on the 20 miles to Blythe for the night-Palo Verde creeped me out a bit, it was warm and I was feeling good.