"Bicycling is a waste of time. You're just wearing your legs out giving your ass a ride."
~Seldom Seen Smith in the "Monkey Wrench Gang"
On Friday, March 20, 2015, I did a final check on everything that I was cramming into my Arkel panniers (GT-18 front panniers; GT-54 rear panniers). After completing that task, I checked my Cannondale touring bicycle out one last time before leaving. Once done, I began to put it all in our 2006 Toyota RAV4. Thankfully, it all fit. I want to know why I can always come up with one more thing that I HAVE to bring along with me until what I have collected would need two bicycles to carry it all. In the "final check", much was jettisoned, I assure you. Seeing how much it all weighed (don't ask) and trying it out loaded on the bicyle, I had no problem realizing that some stuff wasn't going to make the trip.
With the RAV4 loaded up, I drove to the library to pick up Eileen and head off to Truth or Consequences, NM, (known to all of New Mexico, fondly, as "T or C") to spend the night at La Paloma Hot Springs and have dinner at Bella Luca. On the way over Emory Pass to T or C, about 25 miles out of town, I realized that I'd left my contact lenses home. Damn! DAMN! DAMN!!! So, I made a U turn, but, before heading back home to get my contact lenses, Eileen said, "Wait. I can mail them to you." Did I tell you that I love my wife? She always tone down my knee jerk reactions. Onward to T or C!!!
La Paloma was just such a great place and a relaxing time for both of us. Eileen had a tough week and I was experiencing a bit of anxiety. The hot springs were the magic touch. Some pics: