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Sea to Sea Cyclists Back on the Road

July 3, 2013

Having spent three days off the road because of intense heat, Sea to Sea 2013 cyclists were on their way on Wednesday to St. John, Ariz.

Riders on the cross-continental bicycle tour to raise money to fight poverty spent last weekend and Monday in Payson, Ariz., in order to avoid riding in temperatures of 110° and above.

The intense heat caused problems and disruptions for many people.

It also lead to tragedy by sparking a wildfire in the hills northwest of Phoenix that killed members of the Prescott Fire Department's Granite Mountain Hotshots.

Payson, where the cyclists were staying, is about 80 miles southeast east of the site of the tragedy.

As they got back on their bikes and left on Tuesday morning for Heber, Ariz., some cyclists asked for prayers on their blogs for the firefighters and their families.

“Nineteen firemen were killed in AZ on Sunday in a forest fire which engulfed an entire town not far from where we were camped — fourteen of them were under 30 years of age — please pray for the families of so many affected by this tragedy,” wrote Elizabeth Adam on her blog.

Cyclists stayed on the grounds of Mogollo Jr. High School in Heber on Tuesday before leaving this morning.