Yesterday, I rode 96.5 miles from Douglas, AZ to Lordsburg, NM. Phew. I’m taking a rest day today. I learned never to listen to an automobile driver’s recollection of hills. My original plan was to just go to Rodeo and camp out. The camping situation looked pretty bleak, so I talked to a local there. I asked her about the hills going to Lordsburg, because on the maps it didn’t look too bad. She said, “Oh, there’s only one hill and otherwise it’s pretty flat”. Haw, haw! If you look at the elevation profile on the map below, the lowest point at about mile 65 is Rodeo. The rest is the ride into Lordsburg.
I forgot to include pictures of the Hotel Gadsden. Heyoka waiting to check in.
Here’s the staircase where Pancho Villa rode his horse.Another view of the lobby.
They have a nice looking restaurant, but their food supplier failed to deliver their order so it was closed the night I was there. Another lobby view. Pretty swanky for less than 50 bucks a night, eh?
The desert is starting to blossom with spring flowers. This is Jim. I met him coming from the opposite direction. He started west from Jacksonville near the beginning of February and now he’s only got 700 miles more to go. He said he’s meeting his wife at the end, but he’s two weeks ahead of schedule, so he’s taking the long way around some of the areas.
I made it to Rodeo at 2:30 Arizona time, but 3:30 New Mexico time. I stopped at the only cafe for 40 miles and it had closed at 3! I asked these ladies if there was anyway I could still get something to eat. They said all the stuff had been put away and the grills cleaned up. Asked if maybe I could get some cold cuts to make a sandwich and one of them went back and asked the cook if he would make me a sandwich. Here’s the cook, Frank. He made me a gourmet turkey sandwich with fresh onions, lettuce, cheese and turkey. What a nice guy! On the way up from Rodeo to Lordsburg. –30–
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