A Night at The Rodeo on Independence Day

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Grants KOA Kampground

Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Monday, July 4, 2011

I guess after cycling 102 miles, you should sleep well. But considering we were sandwiched between a highway and a railway track, we were pleased when we woke fully refreshed after a solid few hours rest.  We did not hang around the worst campsite we have found ourselves on, so downed the morning coffee and muffins and hit Route 66 for a very relaxed 10 miles.  It was great to be off the highway and a reminder to us that we must rethink our route and start heading North when we reach Albuquerque. 

We were forced onto the highway after 10 miles and had to endure a very rugged hard shoulder which thankfully only left us with one puncture today.  Back on Route 66 we ground out another 39 miles into a strong afternoon headwind.  This tested the weary legs from yesterdays century knock and we were pleased to arrive in Grants and receive a lovely welcome from the campsite owners.  She even had free cookies to greet you.

We have just (finally) found a couple of hours to sit and relax and have discovered that there is a rodeo in town tonight.  We are going to head down there now and I will report back later.  Apparently there is a 'Novice' competition, I’m not sure my saddle sore backside is up to it right now.

Later…..So, the rodeo proved to be great fun.  We saw lots of cowboys (and gals) and we enjoyed several events including the bull riding and one where they chased and lassoed a calf before jumping on it and tying its legs together.  There was also a great competition which involved tiny kids trying to stay on board energetic sheep.  We had jalapeno nachos and observed lots of patriotic behaviours.  A true taste of New Mexico.

I then thought it would be nice to finish the day with an Iced Caramel Frappe so off I cycled to get one.  The only problem is that on the way back down the hill to the campsite, the bag broke sending the aforementioned coffee drink flying across the road and me following it.  Polly did a very good job at patching up my bloody foot and not being too disappointed about her coffee being reduced to a single slurp.

July 4th ends with fireworks over Grants and a much better day then yesterday.

Miles Cycled:  59 and unbelievably only one puncture
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Lindy on

What a horrible day you had going to Gallup but glad things improved yesterday - Mikey were you not tempted at the rodeo to try your skills??? I have no idea what the time difference is but assume you are both sound asleep. Have a good day - presume you are heading for Albaqurque (spelling) today - take care love Lindy

Jojo on

A lot better than yesterday thank heavens - your mate at the Garage was right - apparently the American speak English as it should be spoke - don't know where I got that nugget of inforation but I was assured it was true. You are going to be so disappointed in the trains back here - do the American ones make that lovely siren noise?

Foos on

Late comment I know-but so, so glad you enjoyed your wedding pressie in Vegas! It looked as nice as I hoped it would be and you totally deserved a serious rest after the desert hell.

Reading the blog has bought back serious memories-we went to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, which is the mostly deserted bit with no Maccy Ds and fat Americans in their ginagarous RVs...it's so stunning; I was v jealous that you were there! My dad was beside himself with excitement in Flagstaff-I don't know if you noticed but it's a serious train hub for those enormous trains that you've mentioned previously-he spent a whole morning watching them coming and going! Bless him. I remember that Alberquerque was very nice so I hope you enjoy it-lots of lovely Spanish architecture.

Belated Happy 4th of July! Hope you managed to find yourself a suitably huge American feast to celebrate.

Lots of love xxx

Anton & Lina on

We want you to know that we are following your blog like slaves and we think that you´re awesome! But you have to be careful and plan ahead before you bike into the desert like you did before Vegas, hopefully you get into some cooler places soon. Many places you have been so far is the same places we went to! Today we took a bus to Cape Reinga, the top of NZ, that might be the most awesome place we have seen so far in NZ! We are flying to Sydney next thursday and are struggling to get our bikes sold in time.
Keep up the good pedalling!

Charlotte on

Thanks for your email - great to here from you guys :-)

What a fitting way to celebrate the 4th July - Trully American!!

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