So decided to ride all day, and see what happens. Checked map again yup stil up it was like Harris grade rd all day. But no smiley face.
Finally stopped in jacumba poor town, right next to border fence ( reddish and at least 2 story tall with border patrol were the cars passing me all day.
Checked messages got one from AT&T said well abroad listed all the data plans packages. Maybe because I was so close to our neighbors Mexico.
As I ate my sandwich, chips, dr pepper a old white lady sat by me. With much fanfare. Dear lord my legs, gotta rest them. A younger guy who hasn't washed his hair in a while appeared. When the old lady talked about help her out, I ignored her, younger smiled and said what? I got up a left.
Checked map, still going up and finally 7 mles of I-8 freeway got about 30 mph.
Checked map still on I-80, desert on all sides past by Imperial Lakes which was a private water ski place.
Checked map I thought I had enough daylight to get to Brawley , missed it by about 1 hour.