Today's leg took me 61 miles from Fort Hancock to El Paso. I actually cruised right through the center of town and continued to the Sunland Best Western on the north edge of town. The winds were 35-40 MPH this afternoon, so it was a good time to hunker down at the hotel with Sonia. She has been incredibly supportive during this final Texas push. It will be hard to see her leave tomorrow morning, but I am sure we will have a another rendezvous in the near future. After this visit, I guess I'll have to stay on my toes as I never know when she might show up again! Miraculously, there was a mini-golf course right across the street from our Best Western. Our 3rd match of the year ended up in a draw so everyone was happy.
El Paso Arrival after 61 miles today
Texas traverse complete!!!
Sunrise - those mountains are actually in Mexico
Round 3 ends tied, smiles all around
This is far from a final goodbye to Texas as I will be returning to the state in November. I will again traverse the western part of the state to reach San Antonio. From there I plan to turn south and ride to the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) where I will close out 2014. I expect my second traverse to be easier than the first for three reasons. First, it will be much cooler in November than it has been in May. Second, the west winds will be behind me as I move east. Third, I have learned much on this first traverse that will help me plan and navigate the second trip. The many specialty birds of the LRGV will provide additional motivation for traverse two. Hopefully, I'll be well over 550 species at that stage. Who knows, maybe I'll be in sight of 600?!?!?
I am actually hoping to do some real birding tomorrow afternoon in Las Cruces, so please check back in tomorrow to see how that goes. I'll leave you with one last shot that Sonia took while I was blogging. I look nice and comfortable in my Best Western room!