Day 60 - New Mexico
I started my day early, having wild camped in a pecan orchard, I wanted toget out before being discovered. I found another pecan tree along the sideof the road where I made coffee, ate breakfast and watches the sun ruse.
Today rude was to be short, basically working my way through El Paso andthen out and into New Mexico. I opted for the route that takes you throughtown instead of the alternate loop road. I guess the price for seeing a bitof the city is traffic, but I enjoy the brief reconnection with thecivilized world. The hustle and bustle, large volumes of people and cars,combine to remind me of what I don't miss.
I took my time and saw one of the memorials commemorating the peace treatybetween the US and Mexico. It sits right at the border where long lines ofcars wait to enter the US and a double strand of barb wire fence separatesthe two countries.
My legs were quite tired today and the ride out of town is a good sizeclimb, so with the sun at my back I opted to sit in an air conditionedStarbucks for a while, patiently waiting for cooler afternoon temperatures.
The final push out of town was marked by very dense traffic that seemed tonit quite grasp my right to be on the road. Foe a good bit of time I couldhave reached out and touched almost every car that passed me by. Noincident but it did require me to aggressively take the lane.
I found shelter outside of town at a rustic art studio. The giant metalsculptures were a calling card and the resident artist offered a place tosleep and a nice, albeit cold, shower. The weather has been great so thiswill be another night sleeping out under the stars sans tent.
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