After having a relaxing Thanksgiving with Rachel & Loic I was ready to ride off again. I was still unable to find my sunglasses & mirror, but REI didn’t open until past 10 which was later than I wanted to head out. I receieved some good fortune when Rachel & Loic gave me a pair of sunglasses that they had. I still need to get myself a mirror down the road, but the sunglasses are essential too considering how much time I spend in the sun. I thanked them and said my goodbyes
With the carjacking on Monday and then being busy all of Tuesday, I hadn’t got round to fixing my puncture. I got up around 6:30, packed my things up and pumped up my spare tube to confirm that it held pressure. While waiting to see what happened, I borrowed Kyle’s clippers and cut my hair for the first time since Washington. It’s definitely been needing it recently and I’m glad to get round to doing it. As barbers charge $10, which is more than I’m willing to pay
My tent pole which while bent had previously worked, hadn’t wanted to attach when I put it up. Thankfully, there was no wind and so it not being completely structurally stable hadn’t mattered too much. I was nearly finished packing when I was startled by the noise of guns being fired. It took me a minute to realise that while it was a wildlife management area that meant people could hunt there and being around dawn that was what they were doing.
For the first time in a couple of days
Despite not going to sleep until past midnight, I woke up just after 6. Jagger had said he wouldn’t be up until 8 and I didn’t want to leave without saying goodbye so I used the time to catch up on computing things. He had suggested that I stay for at least another night as there’s lots to see in the area. It used to be called Hot Springs and they’re supposedly fantastic, there are also ghost towns, atomic bomb test sites and Elephant Butte (apparently home to the Kodak
I had planned to get up around 6, but the bed in the caravan was so comfortable that I didn’t wake up until more like 7:30. I wandered over to the house and found Dave in the kitchen preparing breakfast burritos while Pat was outside feeding the animals. After we each had one, I was given the leftovers and told that they were mine as I was riding and they weren’t. I stuffed it all into one massively oversized burrito that needed some careful handling to not empty itself all over my