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Monday 8th July

Today is the first day that I’m having serious doubts. What the heck am I doing. We got up our normal time of 5:30am. It was already day light and warm. Yep the time zone change, tomorrow if we go anywhere we will have to get up at 4 am. I say if we go anywhere because today was hard and I struggled and even after my shower and food I still feel totally warn out.

Cycling from Tucumcari to Santa Rosa about 60 miles just over. We knew that there was nothing in between so was carrying snacks and 6 litres of water each, heavy as.

So off we go into the heat. Great a head wind and it’s a furious one at that. When I say hills we are now in the start of mountains. All day slowly making our way up. Not a mountain with switchbacks, so I can’t be a hero and show a nice smiley selfie on the summit. Just a long climb against the 20 mile a hour wind.

We stopped in abandoned towns for our snacks. And rested anywhere we could find shade. Not much of that about

Nothing for it we will have to keep going. Both of us are running out of energy and water, it’s really slow going we can only manage 4-6 miles per hour and our starting to get knee pain pushing so hard against the wind. We look around for respite or inspiration, it’s dead out here small town America is more like ghost town America.

8 miles from the campsite we are stood on the side of the road seriously worried that we will never make it when a pick up truck pulled up not far away from us. Ok let’s be brave and ask for a lift. Dave what a star gave us a lift to the door of the campsite brill.

Sunday 7th July

Another early morning in the rain. It didn’t rain for to long so we were treated to another sunrise.

As we cycled on yet another empty road. There really isn’t anything in between towns now and the towns are getting further apart.

we cycled 35 miles before we found anywhere for breakfast it was a truck stop and automobile museum in Gruhlkey. What a treat a proper breakfast, we’ve been struggling for days now to find food other than in petrol stations. Scrambled eggs and toast. And the museum was worth a visit.

The next point of interest was crossing into a new state bye bye Texas and hello New Mexico. And a new time zone. Clocks back 1hour.

We are now being treated to some stunning scenery a good contrast to Texas.

It’s getting a bit hilly lovely to look at, but I think I’m going to be suffering for the foreseeable future. It’s just like the scenery in the old spaghetti westerns I used to watch as a kid. Funny that as most of them were filmed in Spain.

Apparently this area is also a hot spot for ufo spotting I will keep a look out. I’ve already had supernatural experiences on this trip so it would be cool to add an alien encounter to the list. After all I must be insane to be doing this anyway.

San Jon for a liquid top up in a travel centre ( motorway services)! . Whilst there a guy took some photos it felt like a professional photo shoot, not that we are any good at modelling. He took our details and said he’d send us the photos later. Hopefully he does.

Time to move on. We still have 20 miles to go and nothing in between. Getting tired we still have 8 miles to go when mike gets he’s second puncture of the trip. We’re in bright sunshine,no shelter anywhere so make the decision to pump it up and keep going. We had to re inflate it twice to get to our night stop, but we made it. And now mike can do the puncture repair in the comfort of our motel.

Unfortunately this one is out of our price range. We opted for the budget inn down the road.