Day 58 - Van Horn to Siera Blanca
Short day today after a cold night in the desert. I knew it was cold inthe middle of the night but did realize how cold until I woke to frozenwater bottles. Unfortunately my clothing and sleeping kit is just not warmenough for those conditions. If I can ever afford a new sleeping bag I amgoing with down rated at 0 or 15 degrees max.
I was camped right outside of Van Horn so it was a short ride in where Ifound some fresh fruit and a McDonald's for electricity and WiFi. I met somegreat folks there, a number of whom had do e portions of the ACA routes. Itis great to talk to folks that have dome long distance trips and get theretake on traveling by bike.
I stayed a good while before heading out to finish the remaining 30 miles toSierra Blanca. A small town that is nestled at the top of a small ridgewhich then leads down onto the plains and into El Paso. As I was ridingalong the frontage road ran into another eastbound cyclist, John. It wasfunny because John had the chance to rude with a number of the people that Ihad rum across in the past couple of weeks.
I found John yo be a real inspiration. In his mid 60's and overweight, hetook up hid passion for cycling once again and set out to travel the roadsof North America. Having now lost over 25 pounds he is feeling good abouthis health and making plans to loose mote weight and travel even farther.He is a great example of getting out and just doing it. Instead of lettinghis age define him and what he is capable of doing, he is taking control anddefining who he wants to be. You can follow John at wheretheroadleads.com.
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