Have to use car mode since Google d/n want to let me bike
on I-10 even though it's safe and legal.
Tomorrow I should have a strong tailwind to push me the 60 miles to Demming, NM. Tuesday should also bring tailwinds to push the 65 miles to Las Cruces. Some might wonder why I don't put the hammer down and ride the full, relatively flat 125 miles to Las Cruces tomorrow as this would save me a full day. The answer is tires. I have been on these same tires for over 5,000 miles now and they are probably due to be replaced. There is nothing wrong with them at the moment, but I want to sort this out before I enter the bicycle wasteland that is West Texas. I am having tires sent to a host's house in Las Cruces, and these are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday. Thus, even if I raced all the way to Las Cruces tomorrow, I couldn't leave town until Wednesday morning anyway. I would rather have 2 very well balanced days of ~60 easy miles than a tough day of 125 followed by an off day. My body does best when it can get into a consistent groove. The two day approach will also give me the chance to look for Sprague's pipit at a fairly reliable spot along the way on day 2. Yes, this is a species I can see in Texas, but it will be nice to have at least minimal birding to break up what is an incredible long stretch of riding. It will also hopefully help generate bird content for the blog!
This blog has generally functioned as a daily account of my travels and birding. Although the story does change as I move along my route, the format of "this is what happened today" has not. There are several reasons for this. First, and the most superficial, is that I am so tired at the end of the day that I just want to get the account of the day written without too much meditation. Second, I want to keep the blog relatively fluffy so that readers so enjoy it without too much mental exertion on their ends. This is not to say that I think my readers are morons, but I realize that many of you read this blog right when you wake up, or at different points in your day when your busy schedules are fortunate enough to spare you the time. Keeping it quick and simple ensures people can get through it each day. Third, I want to hold some material back for what I hope will be a book when all of this is finally done. For instance, I could write about how I initially discovered birding, and how the interest has ebbed and flowed over my life. However, I think this will be much better dissected and explained in the longer format of a book. I think I have some really good ideas for a book, and few few of them center on looking for birds (although that will certainly be a part of it).
Quickly, most of what I think about on the bike centers on how the machine that is America continues running despite so much irrational and self-destructive thinking and policy at the individual and governmental levels. If I were to discuss any of my thoughts on any aspect of this, it would surely engender the type of political discussions I am trying to avoid this year. I will say that I often wonder if I could replicate the novelty, success, and enthusiasm for this project at a level far greater than Biking for Birds. Would it be possible to formulate bigger, seemingly more impossible ideas and projects to challenge the ways that we currently do many things? Would it be possible, for example, to convince people to shun the consumer culture that started in the US and now plagues billions beyond it? Could a project be conceived to dent the single largest problem in this country, campaign financing, from outside the system? I do not have precise answers to these types of questions, but it is on topics such as these that I mentally masticate every day. For the time being though, I'm going to keep most of what's in my head locked safely away.