The area of New Mexico (western, NM) where our route takes us is pretty desolate and void of straight roads. Today's venture lasted 120 miles but really only 60 miles or so as the crow flies. I guess this is what the Divide is all about though. This winding road enabled us to ride through some pretty neat terrain. We dropped in and out of a number of canyons and mesas, and spent most of our day in a Navajo reservation. We stopped a couple of times at gas stations to get some snacks and gatorades and had lots of chances to talk with the locals - what friendly people! Up until this point, most people in cars that would pass us would do the classic lift-the-fingers-off-the-wheel-wave. In NM, most people would raise both hands off the wheel and wave as if we had a T-Shirt cannon with awesome prizes to be won. Two guys actually passed us today and slowed down to yell out awesome words of encouragement. To top that off, an old lady at one of our stops offered us a spot to crash. This was before noon so we had to decline.
We made it into our destination of Grants by about 7pm where we were on the hunt for a dive of a motel. We found just the place. C walked in to talk prices with the manager. One bed room was 27 dollars.... He just about took it until he was told two queen's were only 34. What a deal. Well kind of... If you like the decor of black mold, the aroma of who knows what, and your shower heads at 5 feet elevation. This was just the spot for Geoff n Cam. The only tough decision was how to sleep. Do we go under the covers? Do we use our sleeping bags and run the risk of getting bed bugs in them? We ended up just sleeping on top of the sheets being awoken every 25 minutes to the giant industrial trains that rain outside our door. At least we had McDonald's breakfast.
Riding in a canyon. Cam forgot to take pics of the better canyons... this is the best he could do!
New Mexican's aren't actually this short. This motel was simply a dive.