In High Drama, my previous post, I recounted the tale of Dave’s lost iPhone. A trio of technology fixes worked. Find My iPhone pointed to a location and Strava showed that we stopped at Mile 4.9 from the start (where Dave thought he had dropped something). Both indicated the same area. Then when Dave and Connie went back to search the area, Connie called Dave’s phone, it rang, and she spotted it! Dave texted me, “Found it!” I about jumped out of my seat at the Old Mill Restaurant in Estancia, NM, where I waited.
Our riding was delayed barely an hour, but the headwind that was forecast to be a tailwind kicked in. Our biggest entertainment of the day, a thicket of wind turbines upon a mesa, was powered by that same wind.
The main traffic on Route 42 was a couple of oversize loads that carried parts for the construction of more wind farms and other vehicles supporting their construction.
However, they weren’t the only thing that traveled on the highway. We watched several tumbleweeds cross the highway, and finally one tumbled by right in front of us, nearly colliding with Dave’s front wheel.
We knew there was a significant climb at the end of the day, up and over a mesa into the town of Corona, NM. I made a point of riding conservatively to save some energy for that final climb. Dave and I got second winds at different times, so we pulled each other during the other’s hit-the-wall segment.
We finally reached the pass. Just then, the temperature plummeted and a cold rain soaked us. We plodded our way up the hill, then plunged down into town on wet pavement, freezing fingers trying to tell our bike levers what to do.
It felt like 30 degrees when we arrived at the hotel. The owner shooed us into our rooms. Connie had turned the heat on in my room and carried my luggage into it as well, thereby preventing my premature death by hypothermia. Thank you, Connie!
Start location: Moriarty, NM
Destination: Corona, NM
Distance: 66 miles
Elevation gain: 1086 feet
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