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Eric Mitchell's Cycling Blog- Wednesday, April 13

Cold nights, flat tires and hot coffee

4/13/2005 1:50:29 PM


Wednesday, April 13

I am currently in Las Cruces, NM. I either have had a bout of altitude sickness or food poisoning, so I have jumped ahead of the group by two days. The group is currently en route to Caballo, NM. The last four days we've been in Silver City, Pinos Altos, Gila Hot Springs, and Mimres, NM. We reached an altitude of 8,288 at the max. The plant life has changed from forest to high desert again.

Along the way, we've seen prong horn antelope, havelinas, bald eagles, and desert kangaroo mice.

The weather has been freezing at night. We had snow and ice and frost two nights ago, and bitter cold. But during the day time it's in the 50's and 60's.

We went to a natural hot springs in Gila, and also to an ancient native cave cliff city in Gila. It was very intriguing.

The group is doing well. We still have too many flats and broken spokes, but spirits are still high. I have had a rear rim come out of true several times and some rear brake rubbing but nothing else; I guess Trek was the right choice. I bought some bicycling socks the other day with a mug of coffee depiction on each one as I am usually the earliest to rise (surprise I know) and have the coffee made before the others get up. This seems to make me quite popular with the caffeine addicts, of which there are 8.

Hope all is well

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