WE MADE IT!!!!
Sep 3, 2011
|I am writing this post from a fabulous house in the mountains near Las Cruces NM! We made it! I would not have bet on us making it here by this afternoon on Thursday, but the last two days have been great and we made it.
We left Clovis this morning at 7 a.m. and made a bee-line for Roswell. Highway 70 from Clovis to Roswell is a straight shot through a landscape that is as desolate as it is beautiful. There is an austere loneliness to the land that is both relaxing and unsettling. It is hard to imagine the countless miles of barren land, when in Iowa every acre is productive.
We busted down the highway at ridiculous speeds. I don't know what got into Donna, but she passed me going at least 90 mph. I tried to keep up for a few miles but dropped back. I just can't compete with her machine and prowess.
In Roswell, we had to visit the UFO Museum and Research Library. Roswell is a town which doesn't have much going for it, but has capitalized on the alien legends that abound in the area. I understand why aliens would choose eastern NM to hang out. Few people occupy the vast expanses of empty land and those who do are not credible.
The museum was the cheesiest place I've ever seen and I LOVED it! Aliens are serious business in Roswell and Susy, Peg, Donna and I are believers. Attached are some photos of the live action animation and other items of interest on display.
From Roswell, we continued on 70 through the Capitan Mountains. I was amazed at how the landscape went from barren to lush in a matter of miles and a few thousand feet of elevation. This was my first time riding through mountains. 70 features great sweeping curves and was so fun to ride. I'm looking forward to more mountain riding later in the trip.
The next highlight was White Sands National Monument. We met up with Larry and Bob again and toured the white sands desert. The sand is gypsum that washes down from the mountains during the rainy season and settles into the basin of the desert. It solidifies and then the winds breaks it into sand. People actually were sledding on the sand dunes. It was a strange experience for a Midwesterner to be in a landscape resembling Iowa after a blizzard, yet the temperature was over 100.
In Las Cruces, we got settled into our vacation rental. I'm not even going to describe it. The pictures attached will give an idea of how over the top this place is. It really is ridiculous, but we are enjoying it.
Shortly after we arrived, Brad and Sam arrived. It is so great to see them both. I can't tell you how profoundly sorry I am that Jackie can't be here with us. 'Nuff said about that.
Brad and I went to the grocery and Uncle Bob made a great batch of spaghetti, using his home grown terragon.
So, tomorrow Mary and Lynn from Omaha will be joining us for our outing to the Hatch Pepper Festival to fulfill Susy's quest. I'm looking forward to a day without 300-400 miles on the bike.
Stay tuned and keep the comments coming...OMG I just saw a mouse in this beautiful kitchen!!!