70 flat & quick miles to Perryton, TX, which took 4:17. We stopped at DQ for our daily ice cream around mile 40. Some common Texas roadside sights: In 1986, when Winona’s parents rode through Ochiltree County, it was dry. We’re happy to report this is no longer true – cheers!
57 miles to Borger after a resupply at Target. Lots and lots of grassland, cows, and corn. We stopped in Fritch for lunch at DQ. After briefly considering camping in Fritch, we decided to push 12 miles east to Borger since it was so hot (high 90’s). Note: all the locals kept insisting it… Continue reading Day 26 : you packin’ heat?
Rode the 105 miles to Amarillo, Texas in 7:55. Mostly farmland with minimal climbing and so humid in the morning. Around mile 30, we continued on the I-40 frontage road we had been riding… And then it turned into dirt. The dirt was fine at first, then the rocks got bigger, the washboards appeared… Continue reading Day 25 : Amarillo by evening
On the road at 8:15. A quick stop at the only gas station for more non-sewer water and we’re on our way to Tucumcari. Rode 36miles in 2:34, we’re definitely getting stronger! With the lower elevations, we’re also back in the heat, it was around 100 degrees this morning. Stopped at Kmart for a sad… Continue reading Day 24 : another day
84 miles to Conchas Lake today, including 3,222 of ascent. We packed up camp in Las Vegas, on the road about 7:30. The landscape has totally changed. 1,300 descent in reward for our climbing efforts. We stopped for lunch with 30 miles left and had tuna, sardines, and anchovies. We had a nasty head/cross… Continue reading Day 23 : all the wind
61 miles from Santa Fe to Las Vegas with plenty of climbing! The below makes it seem like equally sufficient descent but it sure didn’t feel that way. More unpleasant dog encounters today, Winona screamed to escape which scared the dog – HA! We also had a headwind for most of the day, no notable… Continue reading Day 22 : Las Vegas [NM]
No flats this morning – win! On the road at 7am for our 64 mile ride from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. We rode 27 miles through Albuquerque and up NM313. Just before we rode on I-25, we had huge breakfast burritos at The Range Cafe in Bernalillo. Then on I-25 for 27 miles, the most… Continue reading Day 20 : unfriendly bike city = Santa Fe
Flat #9 this morning, Sergio’s front tire this time. Winona 0 – Sergio 9 76 miles from Grants to Albuquerque, mostly flat. We started around 7:30am. We stopped for DQ and Coke, after 21 miles on I-40, and rode the final hill with a modest decent into Albuquerque. There is beer here – Cheers!
Leisurely morning (woke up around 8) eating oatmeal and coffee for breakfast, and finally getting on the road around 920am. Off we went to climb up the continental divide. With 300 feet left to the top, Sergio got a flat. Finally, we made it! Total mileage was 46 from El Morro to Grants,… Continue reading Day 18 : tiny continental divide (7882ft)
Woke up late in Gallup, only to realize that Sergio’s tire was low, again! Fixed for the 7th time. Late start, around 8:15am, for our 55 mile ride from Gallup to El Morro National Monument. New Mexico has the best clouds! Total elevation for the day was 2,680 in 90 degrees (i.e. Lots of sweat)… Continue reading Day 17 : el morro