Monday, March 23, 2009

El Paso to Fort Hancock, TX

We were told to get a little later start this morning to let the Monday morning El Paso work traffic pass. At 8:00 we were chomping at the bit and pretty much left as a group. I really enjoyed today because it was a very flat day with mostly a tail wind. The best thing however, was the fact that most of the women stopped several times to visit the missions and have lunch. When we make that many stops we seem to be a more cohesive group because there is always someone around tor ride with.

Got to the motel around 1:00pm. Again nice to have the whole afternoon to relax. I cleaned my bike and walked across the street to a chili outlet and bought some various chili powders to have shipped home. Then one of the ladies, Peggy, and I went to a diner where I had a scoop of ice cream and she had a salad.

There is no internet in our rooms but there is wi-fi in the lobby. That is where I am posting this.

Today was 47.32 miles for a trip total of 908. Tomorrow is a 74 mile day. Right now we are in the middle of a West Texas dust storm. Sure hope it dies down before tomorrow. The winds are about 30 mph with gusts of 40 mph. The sky is and air is brown.

We may not have had a welcome to Texas sign but this morning the waffle iron at the hotel made Texas shaped waffles. How fun.

Statue above a welcome sign to the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo outside El Paso.

Mission Socorro

Alter at Mission Socorro

Plaza at the Presidio de San Elizerio.

San Elizario Chapel.

San Elizario Chapel alter

I think these are pecan trees that have been pruned back.

next phase of the pecan trees.

another phase

La Calesa Restaurent in Tornillo

Manuella, the owner and cook at La Calesa. A wonderful cook and a delightful person

SAG stop along the way.

Interseting rock formation.


Fe-lady said...

Great photos as always! I feel like I am traveling with you gals- but I have it easy!

May the wind be at your backs if it blows tomorrow!

Doc Peachey said...

Hey Patty girl,
Don't you wish you were where I am right now -- in Diane's office! Ha! Ha! Miss you girl Diane.

Jill Grasky, Grasky Endurance Associate Coach/trainer said...

Patty! I'm so envious of you. You're awesome and it sounds like you're having a fantastic trip! Sounds like your spirits are up again too, which makes me happy. :-) You go girl!

Angela said...

What beautiful pictures of the missions! I like seeing all the places you are riding to.