It is arid, hot, beautiful and interesting crossing the New Mexico desert. The scenery continually changes, from red rock mesas and cliffs, to yellow sandstone escarpment and finally today to lava rock fields. Much of what we have crossed is Indian land. It is barren, dry and I would suspect a difficult place to live. It feels extremely inhospitable. There are few to no services, stores, towns or civilization of any kind. I don’t know how people live out here. And, this is the land that was given to the Indian nations. It feels shameful.
We’ve traveled over 1600 miles and have been on the road for 34 days. To be honest, I’m a bit weary. Incredible strong and healthy, but weary. My support team is encouraging me to just power through the next couple of days, just get on my bike and ride. So, that is what I am going to do, just as I have for the last 4 1/2 weeks. I do love riding my bike, so that is what I will do, this is what I am here for. This is the goal I am after.
We have a long day tomorrow, 100 miles, but the winds appears to be quite favorable for us, but the day will be hot and long. We have a very early start and are planning to be on the road by 630a. Within the first 30 miles we climb over the continental divide–a significant milestone. I am looking forward to that. More later…