Pecanary afloat.

Today was an easy ride from El Paso to Fort Hancock. 51 miles of mostly down hill riding made for a very pleasant day. The temp reached 96 at one point, so it was a little warm. The rural riding is so much better than the busy interstate traffic. I met a couple of riders from Australia today. They started in Key West in January and have made it this far. Their plan is to ride around the world. Once they’ve covered the U.S. they’re going to head to Europe. They’re traveling with bike loads more than mine! Ricky’s is 135 pounds and Amy’s is 100 pounds, same as mine. So now, at least I know I’m not the only crazy person to carry so much weight. They said my next few days should be easy. I like that. Amy also gave me some advice on skirting the mountains in west Texas which also cuts a day off the ride. I may do that after some route planning. Here’s the map from today and some pictures:

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Leaving El Paso. Black gold, Texas T.IMG_2667 IMG_2668 Back into the pecan groves.IMG_2669 One of the irrigation channels. They flood the land where the trees live and it soaks in.IMG_2670


More pretty alfalfa fields.IMG_2674 IMG_2675 IMG_2677 They keep the ground flat and level so the water covers the trees evenly (I think)IMG_2671 IMG_2672 IMG_2669


IMG_2677 Here’s Ricky and Amy from AustraliaIMG_2679 I stopped and had lunch here. Nena was a sweet lady. She warned me about the salsa. Very hot she said. It was. The food was delicious.IMG_2684 Some old tractor stuff for Calvin.IMG_2688Freshly mown alfalfa field in wind rows, ready for baling.

A scofflaw with his cheeks stuffed with pecans.IMG_2693 IMG_2694 IMG_2699 IMG_2701 An irrigation pump flooding the channel.IMG_2705


Riding into Fort HancockIMG_2712 IMG_2714







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Pecanary afloat. — 1 Comment

  1. I’m glad TEXAS loves JOHN DEERE green too.I would like to bale those long windrows of alfalfa,it smells so sweet cured.

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