Coast 2 Coast Day 16: Goodbye, Columbus (NM)

When we last left our intrepid adventurers, they were on their way to Mexico to check out life on the other side of the border. First, a visit to Pancho Villa State Park in the USA.

It seems that in 1916, Senor Villa attacked Columbus and burned part of it down. Unfortunately for us, he didn’t burn the whole city as this is one miserable place.

Getting into Mexico is easy. Just walk on in.

Will we make it out? Villa gets his own statue here.

Our destination is The Pink Store, a combination cantina/tourist shopping Mecca. Everyone here is American.

Our group takes up four rowdy tables. The first margarita is free!

I go for beer because tequila is not my friend, although perhaps I did taste about a quarter of a shot.  Staying with the theme of the day, here’s the Pancho Villa Combo:

Grammy Boots would love the ceramic plates here.

Did we make it back?  We must have because we did a ride today.

Start city: Columbus, NM
End city: El Paso, TX
Miles: 75
Total miles to date: 856
Pedaling time: 4 hours, 18 minutes
Avg. speed: 17.4 mph
Feet climbed: 750
Fatigue factor: 6 (out of 10)
Wind: S, 5-10 mph
Road condition: 4 out of 5
Temperature extremes: 45 at ride start, 84 at ride finish

It is pretty flat today and not too scenic.

When we get to the Texas state line about 74 miles into the ride, there’s no state line sign.  Just a sign on the Rio Grande “river”.  
If only they had some water.
We have to improvise.

Tonight, we have a special dinner visit from our tandem friends Cliff and Joyce, who happen to be on their way to St. Augustine–in their RV!

 We’ll see them at the end of the ride.

Tomorrow: our first forray into western Texas.

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12 thoughts on “Coast 2 Coast Day 16: Goodbye, Columbus (NM)

  1. Y’all had nothing good to say about NM. Have to share with yourCousin Mitzie who is moving back to Dallas after about 25 years in NM

  2. Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
    I fell in love with a Mexican girl
    Nighttime would find me in Rosa’s cantina
    Music would play and Felina would whirl……..

    Marty Robbins

  3. Just wait till you get into Texas, that will take forever to get across.
    This is soo cool, I’m rooting for you! I have a friend who is leaving this weekend with a few other riders, but only riding to Arizona, with an RV backup. He wants to meet you guys sometime when you are in So Cal!

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