Just keep riding west!
After the last three days, the team was feeling pretty beat down by the wind, heat, and lack of scenery and ready to get the heck out of Texas. We couldn't handle the pan handle for any longer. This morning, although the winds were surprisingly calm at 5 this morning, the cross winds picked up as soon as we got on the road. For the first 40 miles, we had an imposing cross wind, although definitely not as strong as it was yesterday. We were riding around 14-15 mph which isn't fast but it was double the speed of what we could do yesterday. Finally, we hit the state line and celebrated!!
Eliza was so done with Texas that once she crossed the state line, she refused to cross back over into Texas even to just take a picture. She stayed on the New Mexico side for the photos. New Mexico really is the land of enchantment because only 5ish miles after we crossed e state line, the winds died down and even pushed us forward and the landscape changed into beautiful but sparse mountains. It was exactly as I had pictured New Mexico to be!
We were shredding so fast that we beat the van to second lunch and just decided to keep riding. We had food on us so that tided us over until we got to Des Moines but the biggest issue was that we were running out of water and there was nothing around for miles. We stopped at a random person's house to fill up with their backyard faucet.
We cruised into town really early because we were riding fast plus we gained an hour coming through the Mountain time zone wormhole. Josh, Marcus, and I stopped at the only restaurant in town, a little Mexican diner. We chatted with some locals who were also involved in affordable housing organizations. We ate some delicious food which we needed after a 92 mile day and bought postcards. After we were finished, we went to pay our bill only to find out that the people sitting near us had paid it for us!!! What an amazing and kind thing to do! It definitely made our day even better!
To top off the day, we had an icy hose shower with a beautiful backdrop waiting for us at the host. Tonight, dinner is not provided for us, so dinner crew is making stir fry which should be delicious. I am downstairs blogging with the sounds of snoring around me and the sounds of people chatting and Dan playing guitar upstairs. It was definitely a much-needed, perfect Bike and Build day! I am going to go join the party now. Thanks for reading and thank you for your prayers of tailwind!!! They really came through for us today!
One more update! Sorry I couldn't publish last night, my phone had no service. But last night we walked to a big hill to watch the sunset and it was gorgeous. I'd love to return to New Mexico one day!!