Monday, May 28, 2012

Day 17: May 28 Las Vegas, NM to Tucumcari, NM

Hello LR12 followers. Today was a very difficult day for me mentally. The distance was 109 miles and we lost from starting point to ending point about 2400 feet. However, during that distance we climbed about 3500 feet. The scenery was beautiful but it seemed that the roads just continued and continued endlessly with continual rollers. I thought the day would never end.....

The temperature at the start was a rather chilly 37 degrees so I wore arm warmers, a wind breaker and full finger riding gloves but quickly shed those at the first SAG stop.

On the first part of the trip we rode about 8 miles before seeing a car. The prairie grass and fields seemed endless.....

.....but Tucumcari was still a long way away.....

At the first SAG we got official credit for reaching the 1000 mile mark!!!

On the fast descent, a quick stop for pictures and checking tires for wires.

I think these friends were thinking 'what in the world are those crazy people doing??'

A 0.7 mile, 8 - 10 % grade at the 66 mile point. Much like training east-to-west on Serrano back home.

Had to stop to record this beautiful red rock and green tree formation.

Finally at the hotel. Get this tired 'bum' off that saddle!!!

Click below to see details of today's ride. Again, heart rate not working correctly for entire trip.
Day 17: Las Vegas, NM to Tucimcari,NM by xctom2012 at Garmin Connect - Details


LB said...

That scenery looks breathtaking! I hope your bum heals soon so its not a distraction :) We miss you but so many are excited about this adventure!

Ken Corum said...

Hmmm, you had better find the route to your happy place for those long flat days of Kansas! Perhaps some road games are required... How long will it take to reach that xxx that I see up ahead? It is nice to really see America The Beautiful up close and personal. Keep up the good work!


randy hoover said...

Hey Tom!

Congrats on making the 1K mark.


Tim Ross said...

And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10

Anonymous said...

I lived in Tucumcari for 14 years. The pictures brought back memories - oh how I miss those wide open spaces - now I live in the busy, overly-populated Wasatch Front of Utah.

Thanks for sharing!