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Windy Day Blows Us Into Socorro

A nice big room awaited us

79 °F
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Hello readers,
We are done for the day with our ride. We rode 6 hours in the saddle. 76.1 miles, averaging 12.7 mph.. The winds were predominantly from the south 15-20 mph, most of which were from the side. But the last 10 miles we had the blessed tailwinds. The ride included two CAT 4's and one CAT 3. So all in all, a great day on the ponies. The Rainbow Inn treated us well. I think I may have had a touch of some altitude sickness last night as I was quite nauseous throughout the night. I kept to clear liquids through the day and feel much better this afternoon after a good shower. I think the amazing thing about today's ride was how quickly the scenery changed. There were mountains, rock,sand and trees. You never knew what was coming around the next curve. Our team really enjoyed the downhills and I was really proud of how they mastered the uphills.


These were all scenes along the roadside as we travelled. We even crossed the Rio Grande river.


My favorite roadside picture happened in Carrizozo.


Tonight we have a special treat. We are going to The Owl restaurant for Green Chili cheeseburgers to meet up with Dan and Ev's cousins. They have been writing on our blog all along and have given us a lot of good advice for traveling through NM. I still am looking for the tarantulas and hear that this place we are going tonight is the best for Green Chili Cheeseburgers. We are all looking forward to meeting them.

So I'm trying to get the blog up early so we can enjoy the night. You never know what surprises we may encounter...
Keep praying tomorrow as we are suppose to encounter high winds and cold temps.
Good night,
Brenda for the pony riders

Just a quick note from the team to you. They would like you to remember the three causes they are riding for: Camp Patmos, a children's camp on Kelley's Island, OARBC scholarship fund for kids heading to college, and Wounded Warrior. These are all highlighted in an earlier blog, "Pony Tour de USA"

Posted by brendagerber07 14:19

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Thanks for sharing your 3 great causes again. I didn't catch it before but loved the shirts representing branches of the military. I cannot believe how well the dream seems to be going for you all. May God continue to provide strength for the journey and safety for one and all. Press on (pedal on)!

by Rachel Norton

I migrained out a couple of day's travels. I'm caught up and back in the saddle with you. Love seeing the vast differences in the countryside. And what's on the evening menus! Praying for you, brave friends.

by Margi Deeks

Response to Wendy Miller from yesterday -

Yes, it is funny to think about riding long miles day after day after day.

If the pictures make it look like we are riding flat, then they are deceptive. When we left Roswell yesterday, we were at 3,500 ft elevation. For 80 miles coming out of Roswell to Corizozo (7,000 ft before decending), we were riding uphill the entire time, most of the time 1-2%, but we did have a couple of categorized climbs, also.

by Wynn Gerber

Glad Colleen is back in the saddle! Be careful eating Chili cheeseburgers! :-) Caught up with mom tonight. I think she said she bowled a 490 series. She is faithfully following on the maps.

by Karen Schaffner

Great day...all around O-)

by Ev Roob

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