Cruising through the Land of Enchantment, circa October 2011 on the Great Divide Route in El Rito, NM. Lael was riding a Surly Long Haul Trucker at the time, recently converted from drop bars to an On-One Mary handlebar in Santa Fe at The Broken Spoke.
Lael camped just short of the NM border yesterday, reaching up and over Indiana Pass from Del Norte as daylight faded, and descending to Platoro and beyond into the night. She woke early this morning to begin riding up Cumbres Pass, then onto dirt and into NM. We spent a winter living in Albuquerque and like everyone who has heard the jokes about the “Land of Entrapment”, we love New Mexico. As the miles pile up, I know that Lael is reaching deeper and deeper to find the physical energy and motivation to continue. Crossing into New Mexico is a homecoming, and also the begging of the end of this ride. I watched her crawl up to Brazos Ridge this morning on Trackleaders, knowing the kind of chunky New Mexico roads she was riding, and knowing that she was still warming up for the day, in a sense. But she has found her stride this morning as she descends from the second to last big mountain on the route. The last big climb and the tallest total ascent on the route is south of Abiquiu en route to Cuba.
I leave tonight at midnight to arrive in Tucson on Friday morning and Silver City by Friday evening. Lael should be passing through Silver City on Sunday, most likely. Any ABQ or Santa Fe people want to visit Silver City for the weekend? My friends Tim and Chloe are playing music in town on Saturday afternoon, I should have a bike to ride, and we can sleep outside. John, Jeremy, Nancy, Cass, Rusty, Melissa, Wyatt?
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