Hasta La Vista New Mexico

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

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Flag of United States  , Oklahoma
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We slept in as late as the tent/sauna would allow – 7.30am is my limit, Mikey braved it until 8am. Since then it has been a very relaxed day spent hanging around the campsite waiting for the tyres to arrive, updating the blog and washing our clothes. It's 2.30 now and they’ve finally turned up and fortunately are the correct ones! We’re just going to do 25 miles today to a primitive campsite halfway to Boise City. We should cross the border into Oklahoma at some point today or tomorrow morning. It will then be another 3 days riding and 2 nights camping out before we reach Dodge City, where we will probably take a day off beside the lovely sounding lake. There’s a strong westerly blowing which is good, so with our new puncture protected tyres we hope to make good progress.


The tyres are brilliant and even make the bikes look a bit professional again. We hit the road at about 3.30 and slogged it out for two hours against a headwind as a storm developed. In the wide open plains we could see the lightning forking horizontally across the horizon and kept pedalling to try and stay ahead of the storm. We stopped very briefly at the border of New Mexico and Oklahoma to mark our entry into our 5th state.

The primitive campsite Mikey had found turned out to be great. It was behind a tiny settlement called Felt, and the very friendly farming folk waved at us as we rode through. With picnic tables, a restroom and sweeping prairie views it was the height of luxury compared to other free camps.

During supper however the storm started to really make its presence felt, with our first experience American rainfall forcing us into the tent with our pasta. The lightning and thunder really set in then and we cowered in the tent as it was lit up by the flashes of lightning and crashes of thunder right overhead. It reminded us of being terrified with Charlotte and Giles in Mulu National Park! We plugged ourselves into the laptop and watched a film to block it out.

Miles Cycled:  Only 25 thank goodness as they were into a punchy headwind
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Elizabeth on

Hey guys, love the look of new mexico and could do with some of those steak after our work on the house these days! Mind you we are being fed VVV well by JoJo!

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