Today started with a ride through the Sunday morning quiet of the village of La Mesilla, and then on roads under canopies of pecan trees, over a low mountain pass, and then about 20 miles on the chaotic freeway, the 375 Loop outside of El Paso. It was full-value bike touring.
Also, Tony got three flats, which always puts a smile on your face as a cyclist.
La Mesilla is the town where Billy the Kid was tried and hanged (correction: sentenced to hang) in 1881, an event not accurately covered in the Young Guns movies. My dad would have killed me if I didn’t stop and see it.
We spent the rest of our morning pedaling past pecan farms, stopping to watch a worker use a tree shaker to get the pecans out of trees. Then we climbed up and through Anthony Gap and on into Texas, north of El Paso. The last 20 miles of the route took us on the 375 Loop, which was great until the last 8 miles, where traffic picked up and we had to cross several on- and off-ramps, and Tony got two flats.
We ended the day in the very east edge of El Paso. We estimate we’ll spend three weeks or more crossing the rest of Texas, and it looks like the next week will take us through some of the most desolate areas of our route. We’ll see if Verizon’s coverage is good enough for us to update the blog the rest of this week. We’re shooting for Sierra Blanca tomorrow.