Day 18: Tucumcari, NM to Dalhart, TX

53 miles, 2008 feet climbed

Today’s winds were worse than yesterday’s. I vowed to get to the Texas state line on my bike and then evaluate. The evaluation went like this–I’m not being paid to do this, instead I’m paying. I decided not to beat myself up with another four hours or so of wrestling my bike against the winds. I took a van ride for the remainder. Some of those who stuck it out didn’t arrive at the hotel until 7 pm.

With the need to keep moving and the possibility of rain, I didn’t carry my good camera. The two pics below are from my cell phone, though I have to say that it does a decent job. My pocket camera with an optical viewfinder is just easier to frame photos with–I can see what is in the shot. And it has an optical, rather than digital, zoom.

Tomorrow promises similar crosswinds. I can’t wait!