I am writing this from our hotel in Childress, TX at 11:00 PM. We are at the end of Day 5 and have covered 3,328 kms since leaving home. The weather was cold today in New Mexico but otherwise has been almost perfect. Some high clouds at times but no rain. Great riding conditions. The emphasis on this segment of the trip is to make good time down to Florida. We have spent some time on Interstates, which we would not normally do. But a lot of the geography around here is quite boring anyway so better to go fast.
A highlight was camping on the 3rd night in the Devil’s Garden in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. See pictures below. The campground was 31 kms off the highway and was very rustic and beautiful. The best red rock formations I have ever seen.
We left Moab yesterday and rode to Santa Fe, New Mexico, which was the other highlight of the first 5 days. We stayed in the Historic District and were lucky to be in the middle of Fiestas de Santa Fe, an annual celebration that has been going on since 1712. At dinner we “met” Zozobra (Old Man Gloom) who was promptly burned. See pictures below. As his name suggests, Zozobra embodies gloom. By burning him, people destroy the worries and troubles of the past year in flames.
So far, so good. Really looking forward to the weeks ahead! – Dogcow, aka Che Matheson