cairnswm

Joined May 2019Living in: Randburg, South Africa
  • Day37

    Day 32 comments

    July 14 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Today was head down and ride. I didn't look at landscape much.

    One highlight was seeing 3 Javalina - I didn't know they existed here. (I thought they were wild boar, when I first saw them they looked like warthog without tails).

    Got to the Tour Divide water spot. The Trail Angels put out water and snacks for the riders. I really appreciated the snacks as I was running out of food and Silver City is still a long way away.

    Lodge was not open so I filled up water and pushed (literally) on for a bit. Did about 3km then camped out.
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  • Day36

    Day 31 comments

    July 13 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Breakfast at the motel was cereal and coffee, not very filling, nor useful for long riding. Left just before 7. Hoping to make subway when it opened.

    Unknowingly took wrong turn where there was also a Subway (which only opened at 8) so stopped at convenience store, bought prepackaged burgers. Then realised I went wrong way, corrected and got to correct subway at 8, as I already had food I rode past.

    Stopped at La Ventana arch for some sightseeing and to eat. The burger is so dry it needs to be washed down with water. American burgers are horrible.

    At my next food stop met 3 British guys who had just started their trip north.

    Made Pie Town a bit late and got to the cafe just in time to order food. Had a meal, diet coke and coffee before continuing.

    As I left the rain started. I rode in the rain for about 20km, getting quite cold before it stopped. Camped out in the Gila National forest at aoput 23:00. Riding in the evening helps as its cooler. So I'm taking a few hours off in the afternoon to avoid the heat.

    Tomorrow I hope to sleep at a lodge and make Silver City in the late afternoon, will treat myself to another motel/hostel there as well. Looks like I can finish on 16th or early morning on 17th.

    The photo is of a lava flow. There were numerous lava flows all parrallel to one another as I rode. They constrasted the sandstone cliffs on the other side of the road.
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  • Day36

    Pie town cafe

    July 13 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Pulled pork salad for supper. And 2 take away meals for later and breakfast.

    Some nice clouds this afternoon to make it cooler. But could get caught in rain storm tonight.

  • Day35

    Day 30 comments

    July 12 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    So hot!

    It was tar road all the way but temperatures felt in the high 30s or even 40s. At one point my 2 cycle computers said 38 & 42. (they never agree, the 38 was slightly in shade of water bottle.

    KFC for supper then to the Sands Motel, the cheapest accommodation I could find.

  • Day35

    Grants

    July 12 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Reached Grants and stoped at the KFC, I passed by the Subway in favor of KFC. I ordered an 8 piece family meal with large sides of coleslaw and sweet corn. I ate the coleslaw and corn before touching the chicken, my body was obviously craving something in the salad.

    Stayed in the Sands Motel on route 66.Read more

  • Day34

    Day 29 comments

    July 11 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Made it to Cuba in a day that just saw lots of trees and forest roads. In Cuba I had my now traditional Subway wrap and footlong.

    First part of day had lots of Rocky tracks. Got to top of climb at 7km/h. Reached just over 10km/h before Cuba. Including a tar road downhill of 14km that took 13minutes (then they added some hills)

    Resupplied in Cuba. Tried to complete the next 64km section of tar road. Did about 50 before camping out at 23:00 from being too tired.
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  • Day34

    Cuba (New Mexico, not the Country)

    July 11 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Did my normal double Subway for lunch, with the now standard 3l of Diet Coke.

    Went to the local convenience store to get water and food for the next few days. While I was sitting outside packing my food for my bike a car pulled up next to me. A man jumped out: "Hey man, you want some food". Me, caught by surprise, "yeah, sure". He hands me a still warm burrito and jumps in his car and drives off. I suppose I must really be looking like a hobo now!Read more

  • Day34

    Top of Polvadera climb - 3153m

    July 11 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    3 hours to go 20km and 750m gain. Wasn't such a bad climb but road surface was bad.

    Back over 3000m. Struggling with climbs again. Seems anything over 2800m I struggle. (that's about the altitude I started pushing)

  • Day33

    Day 28 comments

    July 10 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Today was a long day. It was great seeing the Summer Shop. The lady is exactly like in the movie (Ride the Divide)

    New Mexico started by looking the same as Colorado then changed to looking like a sandy desert, then when I started climbing became forest again.

    Riding into Abiquiu was like riding into an oven. Definitly the hottest so far! I stayed in the restaurant shop with aircon and bottomless soda for a few hours before continuing.

    Wonderful sunset to finish the day!
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