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.
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.
Start city: Columbus, NM
End city: El Paso, TX
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.
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!
Tomorrow: our first forray into western Texas.
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