Today was superb riding. It was cool to start, and I had a nice ride out of Las Cruces. I did 40 miles south into the El Paso are. El Paso was less than excellent. Any time your biking through a major metropolitan area, it's less than excellent, and it was obvious that the city missed Ron Woods. I felt good so we kept rolling through the Rio Grande river valley surrounded by more pecan trees and chili fields. The entire 60 miles after El Paso we were in sight of the Mexican border.
At one point two border patrol vehicles went screaming by me. They then turned around and came screaming back by me. Up ahead I could see that they had pulled somebody over. As I began to get closer I thought I recognized the vehicle, and yes, Jamie Kimbel had been pulled over by the US Border Patrol for, "suspicious activity." Apparently somebody had called in a car that kept pulling over and stopping. That was Jamie waiting for me. We all had a good laugh and they wished us well.
I ended the day in Fort Hancock, Tx. (isn't there a Shawshank Redemption reference to Fort Hancock?) We then had to backtrack 30 miles in the car to find a decent motel. It's off to Sierra Blanca, and Van Horn tomorrow.
I really appreciate all the comments on the blog. I wish I had time to answer them all but I have to try and sleep sometime.
The next few days get really remote. There are warnings all over the bike maps about distances between services and being prepared to sleep on the side of the road. We'll just have to take it a day at a time. That's all God asks of us anyway, isn't it?
Pecan trees in Las Cruces.
Not a lot of room to ride.
On the sidewalk in Downtown El Paso.
Have You seen me in this shirt before?
I'm having a nice time following this tractor.
Jamie accuses me of drafting. Drafting? This is taking advantage of an obvious gift from heaven.
Pray for someone other than yourself tonight,
Location:Clint, Tx. - Fort Hancock, Tx.