Las Cruces, NM to Fabens, TX
1145 ft of climbing
Today was the first day since the breakdown that we're back in sync with our originally planned route. We've only added two full pedaling days because of the short day when we broke down and another when we stopped in Three Way. Because we're in sync again, I'll start posting links to the maps I created before we left. Cut and paste the address above (beginning with http://) into your browser address bar to load the map.
We are now over 935 miles from San Diego and have climbed over 36,000'.
The day began with weather reports of diminishing winds. We started by riding twenty miles with the wind in our faces blowing 10-15 MPH but it was not a significant factor after that.
I was also pleased to see Chris try a new nutritional strategy. He had a good strong day today. He ate pretty much everything available at the hotel's continental breakfast and took some for later.
It was a pretty and pleasant ride today. Rather than ride along the border in El Paso, we opted to head North through Anthony Gap and across Fort Bliss.
At our first water stop of the day we learned quickly about Texas size abundance. It was a McDonalds, Churches Chicken, Subway, convenience store, gas station. And everything was available in extra large.
After settling in, showering, and watching the first few minutes of the basketball game, we walked next door to the diner as they were locking up for the night. We thought we'd be safe to head for dinner at 7:30 but I guess dinner happens early around here.
When we first rode in to town, Fabens looked to be a nice little place with an auto parts store, movie rental, and a couple of cafes but then we had to turn North and ride a couple of miles to the motel at the I-10. The last few hundred meters are uphill. After showering up I didn't really feel like riding the two or so miles to find more closed cafes and then coming back up that hill.
We'll see how ramen and PB&J sandwiches work to get us to lunch tomorrow. No pizza delivery in Fabens.
I was glad to get some pictures posted yesterday but I must have hit a daily upload limit or something because the site wouldn't accept more. Those were just from San Diego.
Tomorrow winds are forecast at 10-15 increasing to 20-25 during the day gusting to 30. Out of the South. Ouch.
More to come.