I am tired! Highs have been hovering around 100F, but I am glad that I left when I did: I have met hoards of south-bound Tour Divide racers from around the world! Many are about to complete the race. Congratulations racers! I especially admire the New Zealanders — such spirit and love for the landscape and the ride.
As for me, I am riding in the opposite direction. I rode 370 miles from Silver City, NM to Cuba, NM in 3.5 days, and I am taking today (mostly) off. I am resting at the Cuban Lodge, which supports Divide riders. (Thank you Flora Lopez!) My breakfast had green chiles in it, of course. 🙂 Last night I enjoyed a local IPA from Almanac brewery.
I am “writing” (or rather, scrawling notes!) and taking photographs. I will post some pictures here.
The Continental Divide Trail is a lot more fun when you are not exhauted from racing thousands of miles:
Camped the first evening in Rocky Canyon:
New Mexican desert:
I stopped at the Pie Town Cafe in Pie Town, where I met the lovely Nita Larronde (the owner of Toaster House, a free hostel for bikepackers and backpackers; she is signing “pie”):
La Ventana Arch:
Chaco Canyon (riding through the reservation; thank you Elaine for the snow cones!):
Docile goats, dogs and horses roaming the road:
I hope to stop once or twice a week to post photographs. (Since I no longer own a smart phone, I have to stop at libraries and upload photographs.)