Day 11 Portal, AZ to Columbus, NM - Gass-powered Tandem: xcountry - CycleBlaze

March 10, 2021

Day 11 Portal, AZ to Columbus, NM

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(the discrepancy in our 98.8 miles ridden and Strava's 97.9 miles is because Ken pushed start on his Wahoo  .8 miles too late)

Portal's elevation is approximately 4,700 ft. This morning at 7:15 it was 39 degrees with winds from the SW so it felt like 35.  We all are tired, but we bundled up and set off back down the gentle 7 mile hill that tortured us yesterday afternoon.  This morning with a tailwind we sped down at 20 mph.  

Theresa bundled up
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Dennis gives us the morning briefing
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Leaving Portal on a gorgeous morning
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Looking back up Portal Road from Hwy 80
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  We were extremely fortunate to have either a tailwind or sidewind and like yesterday the winds picked up speed by the afternoon.   It was a comfortable 70+ degrees, sunny and with winds gusting to 30. We were on NM Hwy 9 all day.

Rocio just after turning onto NM 9
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And this is basically what we saw all day.

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Coming into our first rest stop on a cold morning
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We did pass the Continental Divide again (lower elevation).  This is where the Continental Divide Trail Hikers travel.  They can stop at Hachita Food Mart for goodies.  It is the only business in Hachita (pop. 49)  and we met the owner and another guy who is just a text away from helping hikers and cyclists on the trail.  Hachita  is very close to the border.   We saw the wall again today...

Crossing the Continental Divide again
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Tailwind pushed us into Columbus, NM.  In the middle of nowheresville, there is the Los Milagros B&B and it is wonderful!!!

Nice looking bikes!
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Counter clockwise: Dennis (in blue), Rocio, Tom, Theresa, Francie, Tony, Holly, Seymour
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Steven BanDoes the rotation of the hands of a clock change direction when you cross the Continental Divide?!😁
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Margery GassNice to meet everyone!
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Today's ride: 99 miles (159 km)
Total: 2,135 miles (3,436 km)

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