Thursday, May 6, 2010
Won't be gnawing that leg off till its thawed out.
Access denied. Leave it to a California goon to underestimate a Rocky mountain winter. I was crossing my fingers and hoping but the high passes are still quite snowed in. It only took me 2 days of hard riding and a 10,000 pass to figure this out, yep. So from Chama I took a lower half paved half dirt route down to Cuba, NM. Part way along that route my cycle computer finally figured out what it was in for and jumped ship. Kaput. Even fresh batteries would not bring it back around. The lack of odometer has made things a bit more interesting. Well just in the sense that the Adventure Cycling Association warns that this route is "impossible with out one". Its possible, just a bit more of a route scavenger hunt is all.
After Cuba the divide route flattens out and runs a long barren stretch to Grants. Beautifully wide open land. Countless arroyos and crumbly old homesteads. It was nice to ride all day and pass only one truck.