08 Jul Day 68 – I Wish It Would Rain Down
The thunderstorm rained a little bit today, but generally it stayed pretty warm. I really wanted it to rain hard, but preferably on one of my breaks. The good thing about getting wet out here is you dry very quickly after it stops
This morning I set out on the 53. This is a long road that finishes in Arizona. I should be crossing the state line tomorrow. This mountain road should take me down a couple of thousand feet, hopefully very slowly. It is really tough going down steep hills. The terrain is pretty amazing and the land is very fertile, far greener than I have seen for a couple of weeks. There is not much to report on this road as it is very quiet and not too much interaction with the drivers.
On the third leg today, as we entered the Zuni territory we met a man who was waiting to pick up a friend who was traveling back from the Santa Fe area. He was a firefighter. They have obviously been drafting them in from all over the state. There was some speculation that the fires were started by the fire dept to create more jobs. Two things, firstly, if they did it has got seriosuly out of hand and secondly, why would protectors of the state set fire to some of the oldest relics and the states history. Surely they would have found a dusty mound to set fire to. I personally don’t believe it but then I am not in the know of the New Mexico Fire depts.
Due to my extended route, for me to complete everything on time I have to complete a grueling 42 miles a day as well as some extra miles on my day off for surplus in case anything goes wrong in the heat over the next two weeks. It is tough but we will get there, one step at a time! I think with under 3 weeks to go now the finish line is in sight. I can’t wait to get to the end of that pier.