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Last Desert Stretch

2014-07-18

tl;dr: Today I make my last big push across the desert of New Mexico. The locals like to drive around a lot.

To make room for my new sleeping bag, I packed up some electronics that I rarely used and my in-town clothes and mailed them home.

I met another Tour Divide racer and a tag-along guy that had joined up with him in Colorado. The racer sounded like he was from Australia.

From Grants to Thoreau was a haul, especially when the wind picked up and hit me in the face. I had to fix my rear tire once.

From Thoreau to Crownpoint was a horrible experience. This road cuts across a hundred miles of desert, but it is stupid busy for the first twenty-some miles until Crownpoint, which doesn't seem to have a population to warrant this sort of traffic. This section has no shoulder, and it is mostly up hill.

I had to completely change my rear tube.

I stopped in Crownpoint and bought two gallons of water because I just didn't feel up to begging. That should be enough to get me across the next eighty miles of desert.

The locals must drive around so much in order to patrol for the wild animals that try to break into houses and businesses. Why else would they need such heavy bars on all the doors and windows? They also apparently do not read English, because just about every road sign has been edited with script that is illegible to me.

From Crownpoint on, the highway actually has a shoulder, although it is often rough. I had to stop and repair my rear tube twice more. I don't think I've ever been given good advice from a bicycle shop. These tire liners are supposed to protect my tubes from thorns. They don't. Thorns go right through them. This doesn't matter, though, because slimed tires actually do work. The liners are good at cutting into my tubes and destroying them, though.

I ended up stopping at some abandoned shacks in the middle of nowhere for the night. This worked out well, because it would have been otherwise hard to find a spot where I couldn't be seen from the highway.

train


wash


some mesa


I am getting too good at this


Bars and porta potties. Classy.




Continental Divide Elevation 7530










the locals like to paint translations onto their signs


66 miles of desert


nothing except cows


little farm on the desert


panorama showing nothing


sigh


Cedar Ridge Activity Ground Field Day Come One All!


seems like a good place to camp


good night New Mexico

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