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Look what the wind blew in

Evelyn arrives and we get a rest day!

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So the best laid plans of mice and men...and we find ourselves another day in Socorro. The ponies mounted up and started off their day with a clear, calm day.




But ten miles up the mountain, the ponies were assaulted with a 30 mph wind and they just kept coming. By the time we got back to the hotel rooms it was blowing at 45-50 mph. Wynn said it felt like his bike was being blown out from under him. Even our mountain beast, Dan had to admit that the wind won this round. A call to the hotel got my attention as I was out cleaning the van and didn't hear my phone ring. We picked everyone up and headed back to Socorro. The Holiday Inn Express had our room still available for another night so we have an unscheduled rest day. Hopefully the weather report for tomorrow holds true and we will go back to 6 mph winds. Every one is enjoying the day of rest. Extra laundry got done, a time in the pool and hot tub, and Wynn getting caught up with some stuff at work- his real job. I should probably take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Neil and Mary Jo ( Wynn's and Colleen's bosses) for allowing them to take the time off for this adventure. It means the world to me and I know this wouldn't have happened at this time if their bosses hadn't been gracious and given the time off.


Here's a lovely pic of Colleen's arm...isn't it healing nicely? Dan's bruises look pretty good too, but he wouldn't show me. ha!

So now, I get to share a wonderful story on our trip. As you know, Wynn was very concerned about me being alone on the SAG for the last two weeks of our journey. All along, we had a secret in the back of our minds. Dan's wife, Evelyn had been working to see whether she could work out a way to join us for a day or two...well she did way better than that. She worked it out to be able to fly into Albuquerque to her cousin's house and be able to spend the rest of the tour with us. tears of joy for me, I'll tell you. The plan was to arrange a surprise dinner at The Owl in San Antonio, NM. This is rumored to be the best place around for Green Chili Cheeseburgers. Dan knew we were meeting Cousin Eda and Jim. As we entered the room it was kind of dark and Ev was sitting a few chairs down with her back to the door we entered. Dan went to hug Eda and Jim, not noticing Ev until Jim said, " Don't you think you know that person," pointing to Ev. I'll let the pictures tell the rest...excuse the darkness of the room.


What a great reunion. We all enjoyed meeting Eda and Jim and especially enjoyed pulling a fast one on Dan. Thanks to all of you that knew and kept the secret. Also a shout out to Jim and Eda for the wonderful care package, including a bottle of sparkling wine for the end of journey celebration, all kinds of snacks and fruit and of course the green chili chocolate chip cookies. The green chili cheeseburgers were amazing as well, even though some of us opted to get the Chilis on the side in case of weird stomach. One quick sidelight that I want to include is the Hot Air Balloon Festival that Ev got to attend. Thanks Eda and Jim!


I will end by saying how much I appreciate and need your prayers as we finish this great adventure. I must admit, when I knew that today's ride was cancelled and our hotels out in desolate West New Mexico would all be changed, I started to panic. Our first hotel in Datil was full for tomorrow night. The nearest hotel we could find was 74 miles away and I booked it. It will be a haul tomorrow after riding all day. We will actually cross over and stay in AZ and then SAG back the next morning. The team is going to try to ride a century tomorrow so the sag will be closer to 50 miles but we'll see how tomorrow goes. So tomorrow night's room has been booked. Then on Sat I knew there was a wedding planned for that hotel and rooms would be scarce in Glenville. I called and after several hours of waiting to hear back, I was called and the nicest lady said, we're gonna get you in somehow, honey. So we have a room in Glenville for Sat night...maybe we can get in on the wedding too. All that worrying for nothing, I wish I could say that I knew it would all work out, but that's how easy it is to slip off into my own little world of control. When things are taken out of my hands, I have to remember that there are no surprises with God. He didn't wake up this morning and say, "oh no, what am I gonna do? The wind is messing up their plans..." He already knew and wants me to trust him more and more. This is where your prayers come in. Sometimes I feel like the paralytic...I need to be carried before The Lord, because I have no faith of my own. Thanks and keep covering us!

So hopefully tomorrow I will be writing from Alpine, AZ. Pray for the riders as they travel up and down the mountains, through the passes and for their stamina after this wonderful day of rest.

Riding On,
Brenda and the ponies ( and my new co-pilot, Evelyn)

Ps. To Todd and Uncle Herman and Aunt Marian, we will do our best to contact you in the next few days when we see what our stops are gonna look like in AZ. Some changes will be made, but we really hope we can catch up with you all !

Posted by brendagerber07 13:14

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Brenda, so glad you have a companion once again. What a neat surprise for Dan!. I saw on last night's weather report that winds were predicted out your way and I wondered how bad it would be. I think it was high time for a rest day though. When you wrote "Look what the wind blew in ... Evelyn", I thought that maybe a hurricane had blown in off the Pacific coast and the storm had been named Evelyn. The wind speeds you experienced are as good a hurricane in the desert I would say.

by Wendy Miller

Oh and Colleen,those are some pretty purples on your arm! Love your smile telling us that you are okay.

by Wendy Miller

What an Awesome God who loves each of us!!!! He provides our every need and even blesses us with our wants. :). I was praying for you, Brenda that God would surprise you, kind of a serendipity, so you wouldn't have to be alone.....wow!!! Didn't! Know of your plan for Ev to join ya, but God did!!! Done deal for Him!!! Sooo happy for you .....and Dan....and Ev.....and for Wynn.... and for Colleen---wisdom to not continue riding in the wind!!! Beautiful balloons!!! What a site!!!!! :). Continue on, Ponies and Support!!!!
Love to yas!!!

by Valerie

What a great surprise for Dan. I can't think of a guy who deserved it more. He's one of the greatest guys I've ever met. If you could find a better sag companion than Ev I sure wouldn't know where to find one.

by Larry Best

Nice arm, Col. Be thankful that's not on your butt! :-)

by Larry Best

All the memories you are making! I wonder if Ev and Karen scrapbook? I can see you, Brenda, and Colleen when snow is blowing this winter creating beautiful photo books. Wow! The word that comes to mind of with your adventure:) By now you must be off to bed. Good night. Know we are covering you with the requests you share. Again, we are blessed to ride along!

by Margi

Ev HERE!!! So happy and thankful to be able to live this adventure in the flesh instead of vicariously -- VICAREALITY :) It's wonderful seeing the smiling faces for real and also good to know they really are smiling!! ...especially after a day of rest out of the (Evelyn) hurricane ! The wind was incredibly strong today and, hopefully, expected to subside just in time for some major ascents beginning tomorrow. I'm already getting a good sense of how this well-oiled machine functions. They ALL are incredible and then some. I'm looking forward to doing my best in helping the cause. Gallop on!!!

by Ev Roob

I saw a post on Facebook today where a friend posted they saw a train derailment in NM caused by high winds so you guys definitely made the right choice. Blessings and strength and you pedal across our desolate West.


P.S. Brenda - is my cell. Call or text anytime. Dad's cell Haven't convinced him to do texting yet :). Looking fwd to seeing you guys!!

by Todd

Wow! That is some battle wound there Aunt Coll!!! We are thinking and praying for you all. Xoxoxo

by Grace

So glad that Ev made it out there safely! What a great surprise for Dan! Also glad that you had amassed enough miles to not have to fret about taking a day off. Seems like Mother Nature was in on Ev's surprise, too! Or, I like to think more like Brenda...God has a plan...

by Sandy Woosley

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