Days 27 & 28: Ft. Hancock to Sierra Blanca to Van Horn

I’m staying at the Economy Inn at Van Horn where they have a good internet connection. Yesterday’s internet service was dismal. I planned these two days as short days, so I can be ready for a long ride tomorrow to either Marfa or Alpine, 70 to 100 miles. Yesterday was 43 miles and the last was a tough climb, so it wasn’t so easy after all. Today was 33 miles and a much easier ride. I crossed another time zone today. Now I’m in the Central time zone. Here’s the maps and photos from yesterday and today.

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Here’s where I stayed Sunday night. I had a room on the back side which would have been perfect for a great sunset picture. Unfortunately, the sunset was unspectacular.IMG_2720 Tried to get breakfast at this cafe, but I think they were closed for renovations.IMG_2721 IMG_2722 IMG_2723 IMG_2728 Some friendly goats.IMG_2730 They have these flood gauges set by the roads for the rainy season. It floods quickly when the rains come.IMG_2735 Here’s what the rural roads are paved with. They call it chipseal. There are a lot of different grades of it too. This wasn’t too bad to ride on. I hear it gets worse.IMG_2743 And here’s what it looks like from a road view.IMG_2744 IMG_2748 IMG_2749 Lots of closed down cafes, bars and stores along the way.IMG_2750 IMG_2755 IMG_2759 And here’s where I stayed last night. The internet connection was terrible, but the room was nice and it was good to hit the hay.IMG_2760



Here’s the pix from today. The road was pretty level and ran parallel with the railway and I-10.IMG_2761 IMG_2762 IMG_2764 IMG_2765 IMG_2766 IMG_2768 IMG_2769 IMG_2771 IMG_2774

New time zone!IMG_2775I had a lunch and a beer here. John Madden loves to eat here and visits them every year. 




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