"Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved." ~ William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)
The Gods of weather and wind have been kind to me. Since I started on Sunday, March 22, 2015, the wind has been at my back, pushing me on, helping me to cover considerable miles of roads at a fairly good clip. My day into Clovis, NM, was a bit overcast, but, again, the wind was at my back making the effort quite a bit easier.
In Clovis, I'd made arrangements via Warmshowers to stay with Bill and Linda Servatius. Bill is a member of the New Mexico Touring Society and has quite a bit of bicycling experience. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a photo of the trailer he set up to use on a New Mexico Touring Society ride in Silver City, NM, ... the Inner Loop ride. Having seen the trailer in Silver City, I recognized it when I got to Bill's place of work in Clovis. He'd brought it in to carry my bike and gear back to his house rather than have me ride out there. Once at his house, I took a shower, got settled in, and sat with Bill for some good conversation. His wife, Linda, was substitute teaching that day and arrived home shortly after we got there. Showers feel so good after a day in the saddle...and the beer Bill offered was just as refreshing. Linda cooked dinner, which was very tasty, while Bill cooked breakfast, which was also very good. Eileen and I do that whenever riders stay with us. It really is a big help to riders to be able to feed them and send them on their way.
With the tube replaced, I was off but this time the wind was making me work harder, plus I lost an hour when I crossed into Texas. By the time I got to Canyon, it was about 7:30pm. Got some food at a grocery store, headed back to the motel, ate, talked to Eileen, fell asleep. Early the next morning, I was up and out the door...and I headed for the espresso shop in town. Generally, I have little faith in small town espresso shops, but, hey, it's worth looking for a good espresso. Well, I was in for a pleasant surprise...these barristas know what they're doing.
Time to exit with a tune...Woody Guthrie doing "Hard Traveling"...http://youtu.be/kfq5b1bppJQ Hope y'all enjoy it. Next post...Stinnett, TX, and heading north.