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Continental Divide Conquered

Everything is flowing to the Pacific

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Short and sweet tonight and not many pictures either. It has been a long day with an hour sag into our hotel, which is called Mountain High Lodge. It will make for a quick night and an early morning, but what a pretty view. Our room has three double beds but no micro or fridge. The little lady running the desk is allowing us to use her microwave and set up our dinner in the breakfast area. We also found out that they serve breakfast on Fri, Sat and Sun. We are in luck, it's Friday!

The riders were on the road at 7:30 this morning having rested well yesterday. There was a lot of climbing today and the ponies ended up riding 94.2 miles at 11.6 mph. They were in the saddle for 8 hours. Most of today's riding was above 7000 feet in elevation. There were 5 climbs today, two CAT 3s, two CAT 4's and one CAT 5. We stopped to eat in Datil, which consisted of one combination gas station/ grocery store and Cafe. The scenery continued to change every few miles and then we reached the Continental Divide. Pictures were taken but no Internet capabilities to upload so you will have to wait til tomorrow. Plans are to get back to riding in the morning and try to make it in and through Glenwood.
We will try to give a more complete report tomorrow night when we get out of the Apache National Forest. The night sky is beautiful and we are so blessed to have this sweet place to lay our heads. Goodnight to all and see you all tomorrow .
Brenda for the team

Maybe I can talk the riders into taking another turn or two on the blog. Wynn has been busy reworking the maps every night and we have just had some grueling days when it comes to the climbing and the altitude.

Posted by brendagerber07 19:37

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5 climbs today means 5 descents tomorrow.

by Wendy Miller

Good job, team! Glad you made it over the hill and found accommodations. It was great to meet and greet all of you at The Owl. Thanks for letting us share your wonderful adventure. Your unplanned stay-over in Socorro was the right thing, as winds exceeded 80 mph along your route on Thursday and knocked boxcars off the rails a few miles north. Even a large flock of robins was shut in here during the bluster. Glad Colleen is getting to see the brilliant stars in the dark sky. Enjoy the other animal, vegetable and mineral wonders of this great creation along the way. Cousin Eda

by Eda Weddington

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