The 6-week journey will be across the “southern transcontinental route”, covering southern sections of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and northern Florida. Arrival at the finish line in St. Augustine, FL is projected for April 10, 2010.

Friday, March 12, 2010

More than 6 miles

Hi Everyone,
Where to begin?  Maybe the beginning.  We went to our 8:00 AM appointment this morning to have the front end aligned.  We unhooked the trailer and drove to the bay as directed.  They drove it in.  We all rejoiced.  Then they backed it out.  We all gasped.  The manager told Dave that they didn't know that it doesn't have a straight axle, unlike a big truck, and they couldn't do the job.  They called around and found another place which happened to be only 2 blocks from the bike shop we visited two days ago!  Drove there, but they couldn't do it either.  They sent us across the street and, miracle of miracles, they could do it but we had to wait an  hour while they finished up with a Hummer stretch limo.  Once they took us in it took less than one half hour.  It was fascinating to watch.  They drove it over a pit where a guy could stand up and work under the vehicle.  

We drove out to Fabens, TX to continue the biking.  A couple of stops for pictures of the Mexican mountains across the Rio Grande River and on into Sierra Blanca.  Dave has had another flat (#13) so we picked up the guys and made plans to drive to Van Horn for the night.  Before we could get underway, I found that my camera was missing.  We searched the motorhome and then I remembered that when I was taking pictures of the mountains I put it on a fence post to take some videos.  I could not remember picking it back up.  We drove back 30+ miles to the spot and there it was.  

We drove back the 30 miles and then 40 more to Van Horn.  We pulled in to the RV park, fixed a quick supper and then went to the Dairy Queen!!!!

I have to tell this story on Mike.  On the way back through Sierra Blanca after picking up the camera, we took a potty stop at a gas station.  Then while Mike was frying some bacon tonight I looked over and hanging out of the waistband of his pants was a length of toilet paper!  Paula pulled it out and threw it away before I could get a picture.  So Dave took some off our roll and stuffed it back into Mike's waistband and we got the picture!!  We laughed a lot.

Tomorrow our goal is Alpine, TX.  We are getting inventive about the route we will take to get there by nightfall.  Whether to go over the mountains or skirt around them is the big question.  With all the fiddling around in El Paso and Phoenix and the flat tires we are about 63 miles behind on the bikes.  The long way around the mountains will help make up some of the miles.

We lost an hour today just outside of Van Horn as we got back into Central Standard Time.  And then tomorrow night we lose another hour when Daylight Savings Time starts.  Where does the time go??

Goodnight from western Texas.


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