Two very similar days of riding to get us to Clayton, New Mexico today. Yesterday morning after leaving Taos, we climbed through the Carson National Forest for nearly 30 miles. Then we had another climb with a chilly and rainy descent through the beautiful Cimmaron Canyon State Forest. After lunch, things warmed up and we had a smooth, straight and swift ride aided by strong tail winds to quickly arrive in Raton.
This morning, we again started a cold day climbing through the Sugarite Canyon State Park. Despite the effort to climb, it was hard to warm up. We rode across the Johnson Mesa before descending onto the high plains that will take us into Oklahoma tomorrow. Again, after lunch today, we had a fast, flat and wind-swept ride into Clayton. We covered the final 30 miles in about one hour!
We have our coldest start tomorrow mornning, below freezing but we hope for another tail wind and a quick warm-up. Tomorrow’s ride is about 106 miles, then 125 miles on Saturday and 111 miles on Sunday to get us more than half way across Oklahoma. We’re getting very close to the half-way point of the ride and hope to post more patient stories regularly.