Sonia actually had this planned for a few weeks. Planning anything this far ahead of time is a bit risky since the weather and my health force constant changes to my route. I had just last night retooled my route so as to be in El Paso the night of May 11th and the morning of May 12th. Sonia flew into El Paso last night (the 8th) and will fly out of the same city on the morning of May 12. This is perfect as she will be able to shadow me in her rental car for the next three days as we both head towards El Paso. I will carry my normal load despite the possibility of her carrying it in the car.
Today's ride took me from Balmorhea to Van Horn, TX, a distance of 70 miles. I left at 6:30am, and Sonia followed behind a few hours later. I was able to cover this distance (and 850 feet of elevation!) in under 5 hours. We met at our motel in Van Horn and spent most of the afternoon relaxing. The big event of the afternoon was my makeover as "suggested" by Sonia. Upon my arrival, she offered to treat me to lunch. Little did I know lunch was a actually a trip to the salon 2 blocks from the motel. As much as I have grown into my rugged, unkempt appearance, even I can admit that my current caveman look was due for an update. I agreed to the makeover on the rationale that it would help keep me cool and make me more aerodynamic (not really). I can see my mom doing backflips right now.
70 miles today - Zoomed out to give you some perspective
During the shearing
After - note sweet ride in background!
The site of the mini golf blood bath
1 horse, 2 asses.....
We also found this ant sculpted out of old junk, and I took the requisite attack shot!
Tomorrow we will head to Fort Hancock. It's another ride of about 70 miles so hopefully my legs will make it!