Saturday, April 10, 2010

Day 16
Las Cruces,NM to Hueco Tanks State Park,Tx

Happy Easter!! form Las Cruces - meaning "The Crosses" how fitting for Easter Sunday!

Started today with a sighting of the Easter Bunny, a little cottontail in the next campsite. My father knew thre were a couple of small kids camping accross the way so he went and told their dad to have them come over and see the bunny. The two little girls were aglow with the sight of a bunny on Easter--what a way to start a day.

I had recieved word late yesterday from a news station that they were interested in doing an interview with me along the way near El Paso. So I headed out for the day to make El Paso as soon as possible to spread our story and awareness. The day started much like yesterday ended... lots of Pecan trees, I did not realize how many groves of trees were in this area.

Within a few hours I had crossed into Texas, that makes 4 states, 3 timezones, 2 Adventure Cycling maps completed to date. Texas is a milestone as it makes up 1/3 of the entire trip in one state. As I rode on towards our destination (Hueco Tanks State Park, I passed the largest collection of junk yards, possibly in the world, just a town full of them! The road turned a little steeper and signs appeared for the park, when we arrived, I was amazed to find we would be locked in a 6:00pm and the gates would not reopen until 8:00 am.

We got to the office to check in to find this is a working geological site that has indian paintings on the rocks and artifacts throughout the park. We were requiored to watch a 15 minute video about the park, it's boundaries, and the do's and don'ts. It was a basic history and very interesting and informative. Check out a link to the park if you are interested here---

I set up camp and went picture taking, the flowers, animals and the beautiful Texas sunset.

The Garmin information for the day is as follows:

Day 16 Las Cruces to Hueco Tanks State Park by wegotguts at Garmin Connect - Details

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