Another Night Out On The Prairie

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

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Waking up this morning, it appears that our change of tactics have very much paid off. You could not imagine a more perfect place to wake up.  The lake which we camped next to last night actually turned out to be a dried up salt lake but looked beautiful white against the pure blue morning skies.  The views from the tent went on for miles with nothing to disturb them. We sat and made coffee and breakfast and spent an hour reading (I have finished another book, the John Grisham took me only a week to read).

Packed up we agreed that we would stick with the 50 mile limit and free camp tonight as well.  We didn't really have any other option, there is nothing out here in North New Mexico.  It was looking good after 15 miles, we knew that there was a small town called Springer where we could probably get online and refill our water supplies.  But then we hit bike problems.  We were now heavily punished for not splashing out on new tyres back in Santa Fe.  My back wheel exploded sending the newly purchased tube filler splashing out all over the place and leaving the back tyre with a gaping hole.  We patched it together with a cut out piece of tyre we had saved from New Zealand and some duck tape.  This allowed us to hobble the remaining 5 miles into Springer.

Here we consoled ourselves with a slap up lunch at the beautiful Brown Hotel.  The BLT was a deep fried pig out accompanied by chips and coke, we are becoming very USA!  We then managed to get online at the local library (even though they were closed on Mondays) and here we ordered 4 new tyres and have shipped them by 2 day Fedex Air to our next campsite in Clayton.  It may mean a day off waiting but we have no choice.  There are no bike shops for 5 days until we reach Dodge City.

After 4 hours in Springer and another drink at The Brown Hotel (the lovely waitress gave us this round on the house) we were ready to set off again into the middle of nowhere.  The lovely waitress also told her that her father is the local Fedex man so will probably be driving our tyres to Clayton in a couple of days time.

We put in 20 miles more before finding another beautiful spot on the prairie.  We are now waiting for the sun to go down before putting up our tent.  Another cyclist’s salad did the trick for supper and we look forward to 60 smooth miles to Clayton tomorrow.

Miles Cycled:  47 miles and the bikes are on their last legs
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Lindy on

Sorry to hear about the bikes but glad you are taking it a bit easier - must say 50 miles still seems a lot to me!!!
Hope all goes well with the bike repairs and enjoy some more leisurely days
Love Lindy

Jojo on

I agree with Lindy - it must be a good thing to take thins a bit easier! You also seem to be meeting much nicer people and friendlier places. Dodge City has got to be full of cowbays - it always was on the telly and I assume you will both be sining 'the Witchata Linesman' for the next few days then is it Kansas City?
We gave Mandy her birthday supper here last night in the conservatory, E having previously given her a tour of Fairfield Close building site. Amanda and George are preparing for the Triathalon on Sunday and neither of them are looking forward to it - in fact they swear they will never do it again!
LOL Jojo

triciagick on

I've found Clayton - which presumably - you've reached by now and notice you'll shortly be going through another time line - ever closer to us. Looking forward to hearing about Dodge City - just sounds interesting. Sun's out here this morning, so may get on the bike myself. Keep it up xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jojo on

Peter has just taken your bike for a test run Polly and the back tyre was as flat as a pancake - so with any luck she'll conquer those hill no problem on Sunday!

auntbymarrige on

Those salads look amazing and scenery is stunning. But....need you back sooner rather than later as your mother has decided to give up chocolate until you return. This makes playing bridge very tense as les and I haven't given up and your mum looks very fierce as we sit and scoff. Have seen the new neighbours house - it's fantastic to have them here. Am deeply impressed with Amanda's triathlon training programme - which seemed to have started on Monday. We sat at bridge last night and sang songs about Amarillo and Santa Fe. We raced in Senior week and I got a cup for being old. Looking forward to another wet weekend's racing. Am still loving the blog so much. Take care. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jojo on

I think a night on the Prarie sounds realy inviting - I've had a tough time at the gym, then drinks at BSC where there seemed to be lots of your family (including Giles and Charlotte) plus Stortons senior (therefrore Olaf was there on parade after his bath as well) CJB cooked fillet steak for me, Peter and Edith. Eand G have just got back from club and supper with in-laws as we finished our quick game of dominoes and I am definitely off to bed!!!!!

Lindy on

My geography of the States is improving by the day!!! Hope that by now you have the bikes sorted and are maybe even in Dodge City. I had not heard the song Wichita etc however John gave me a sample of it - still did not recognise it!!!
I am off to Brussels today until Wednesday to do the Granny bit - problem is that Louis'' main language is French and I am not allowed!! to speak to him in French (according to Neil). Ella not yet speaking (only 10 months!) - will miss my fix but it will be good to catch up next week - hope all goes well and that you keep to 50 miles a day.
Jojo - are you still off the cigs? - how did you do it? - the blog is a great way of communicating and hearing about all that goes on in Bosham
Polly & Mikey - love to you both Lindy

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