The Pink Pedal has been through Oklahoma and Texas in the last few days and now we are in beautiful, but desolate, New Mexico. It is a welcomed change in landscape from the grazing-land and farms of the midwest. Signs of civilization here are few and far between, which means finding any internet at all can be a chore (it can be nearly impossible to find a GOOD connection).
Route 66 is a shell of its former self. Every other building we see is abandoned. I can only wonder what it looked like in its heyday. The surroundings here have been weathered by wind and time in what can even seem like artwork from god. At one point John forgot he left his boat shoes on the roof of the van and realized 30 minutes later. He found his shoes flat as pancakes on historic Route 66 and is actually wearing them right now!
We spent our first night in New Mexico camped out at a truck stop. John and Travis slept under the New Mexico stars, while Ty and Nick slept in the van. At the worst time possible, 3:48 A.M. to be exact, the sprinkler systems turned on and chaos ensued. Travis and John were soaked with what they thought was rain. Only to realize it wasn’t, but not before they had ran for cover. With no other choice they had to put their cots in the middle of the parking lot. At about 7 a.m. security woke John and Travis from their sleep to inform them they don’t allow people to sleep on cots in the middle of the parking lot. At this point it didn’t much matter, we already got our decent nights sleep. Thanks to our early wake up we were able to cook up some breakfast in the parking lot. We enjoyed a meal of pancakes with syrup and water to drink. Life on the road can sure be luxurious! John even snuck into a hotel’s spa for some much needed rest and relaxation.
At the end of riding that day, we arrived in Santa Rosa, New Mexico and found a local swimming hole. After riding through the desert all day a quick swimming session was just what we needed and counted as our bath for the day.
We even came across a fellow Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania resident traveling west like us (but by car of course) and another cross country bike rider.
Yesterday we battled a strong headwind for much of the day, but at the end of the day we were averaging over 24 miles per hour with a very strong tailwind that helped us end our day strong. Today, we will be arriving in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the largest city in the state! Hopefully we can do some fundraising here and get in touch with some of the local media.