After another sometimes frustrating experience of assembling my Richie Breakaway, Tim and Mark and I left the hotel to purchase some groceries and to purchase a spare tire to Tim and me. Then around 11:30am, we left the hotel and began biking out of El Paso. The traffic overall wasn’t too bad, and drivers by and large were courteous.
By 12:30pm we decided to stop for lunch just outside Socorro, which was the biggest town we rode through. I have a few pictures of our stop there below. We stopped a few more times, once to repair Mark’s flat, once to call Beth to ask her to leave the hotel by 2:15pm to meet us at Fort Hancock, and once more so that I could retie my shoes, since the laces were getting too close to the sprocket for comfort. We made it to Fort Hancock just after 3pm and loaded our bikes up in the flatbed of Beth Chevy Silverado pickup truck. Then we drove back to the hotel. Tim, Mark and I took a dip in the pool and the hot tub. We showered and changed, had a few beers while Tim read to us from “Conquering the Borderlands,” and went out to a fine dinner of (what else?) Mexican food! I was in bed by 8:15pm!.
Here are some pictures from Day 1.