Thatcher,AZ to Lordsburg,NM
I left Thatcher with my sights set on Lordsburg. Got a decent start with breakfast at Denny's. I was talking to the waitress and struck up a conversation about our ride. She said that Denny's is very supportive of things of this nature and would see if management could do anything for us, with no promises made. Here's hoping for that!!
Finally left town and headed out on route 70 started with a bit of a tailwind, but that did not last for long, the winds turned and it was a long go of things. This day was probably the most desolate to date (except for maybe the Imperial Sand Dunes).
Things started looking up when I rolled into Duncan, it was a cute little town where we stopped to get lunch. I rolled into the center of town to find 2 antique fire apparatus, and took the photo oportunity, gladly.
After lunch it was back to the desolate highway where I finally crossed into New Mexico.... The Land of Enchantment (and wind). While riding along I kept looking back at the dust that had been blown into the air during the day, wow was it ever dingy looking back there! No sooner did I start pedaling, and I noticed a sand storm in distance, so out came the camera again to document this.
As I was riding my last two miles to the KOA Kampground, I was greeted in the street by a white van full of people waving and yelling and beeping the horn. It was the Wandeing Wheels group again, it seems they were staying down the street at a local church--what a welcome wagon they make-- I was all smiles from there!
When I finally arrived at the lordsburg KOA, it was nearly closing time, we got our site, and the woman warned us of the extreme winds expected tonight. I was advised to stake down the tent, and boy was I gald I did. The wind howled so bad during the night that my tent was shaking right down to the stake, and the dust blowing around gave a very fine coating to everything in the tent, including me. I was glad when morning came and I was able to move on from that mess!!
The garmin data for the day is as follows:
Day 12 Thatcher to Lordsburg by wegotguts at Garmin Connect - Details