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Last of the Washboards

2014-07-12

tl;dr: After wrong turns and elevation gain and too many washboarded roads, I am back on pavement.

Well that was a cold night.

I hit the road (such as it was) early. The ground seemed level, but I was in granny gears until I crossed the Continental Divide again, which wasn't much to see this time. After that it was sort of downhill for a while.

I stopped for breakfast at a branch in the road. Before long yet another racer showed up. She told me that the way she had come (the way I was going) was unpassable because of mud. So I quickly decided on another route, went two miles down a wrong road, came back, and started down the actual different route. This went slowly up for a bit. Still, I was walking. The the route ducked down into a valley and started following a creek along a road that had been recently washed out in many places, but the repairs resulted in a smooth dirt road.

I followed that valley up. And up. And up. I found some water at a spring-fed tank. Then I kept climbing. By this point it I was mostly walking. Then I was shuffling. And panting and sweating. I had to start taking breaks. It turns out this road goes up to 9000 feet before diving down the other side toward Apache Creek. The downhill was almost worse. That road is rough.

Apache Creek has a lone convenience storelibrarypost office. I had been eating peanut butter and jelly and granola bars for three days, so I pigged out on microwave hamburgers and burritos.

It's just as well I made so many wrong turns, because it put me sort of where I might have wanted to be had I not the strength (which I didn't) to get to where I originally wanted to go.

Finally I was done with gravel and washboards. I took highway 32 toward Quemado, but the wind was in my face, and I was again climbing out of a valley, and that meal was about to put me to sleep. So I found a tree and took a break under it. It rained a little, the wind direction changed, and I hit the road full of energy.

I was hoping to making it to Quemado and a warm motel room before dark, but I didn't even get close. A storm popped up with cold wind and rain, so I set up camp beneath Gallo Peak.

good morning New Mexico




Continental Divide Elevation 7670


a long ways from anyplace


Cox Canyon


hawk


spring feed water tanks (I hope)


the cows of Cox Canyon




heading down toward Apache Creek


Apache Creek Canyon


fence has created level ground behind it




rattlesnake




rainbow


good night New Mexico

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