Sanderson TX to Hatch NM
We finally did it. Made it through Texas. Texas, it’s been great but I think it’s time we see other states.
Marathon TX- Cool town off of Route 90 in West Texas. Small population but had the first pizza place we had seen since Austin so we treated ourselves. In Marathon we got to stay at La Loma Del Chivo. This is a great hostel located at the top of a hill in Marathon that overlooks the Glass Mountains. And it doesn’t stop there, all of the buildings are made out of sustainable materials and the hostel offers a great sense of community and openness. I’d love to go back one day and spend a little longer.
Marfa TX- Hippest town with a population under 3,000. It’s become a hotspot for artists and interesting people. We took a 20 mile ride into Marfa and took the day as a rest day. It was plenty of fun exploring this tiny city. Iggy did the unthinkable, the impossible, the craziest thing done on the entire trip. IGGY SHAVED HIS BEARD. Yes, HIS BEARD. Who knew such a handsome fella was hidden underneath all those whiskers. We ended up spending a lot of time at the library (which is not uncommon) and eventually Ryan, the greatest librarian in ALL OF MARFA, offered to host us for the night. Turns out him and Katie Rose were some awesome people to run into. I went over to hang with Ryan and Katie Rose to watch the sunset, while Iggy, Devin and Evan went to a rock show at the bookstore. Somehow, some way, Marfa separates itself from many of the other small towns in Texas. Well done Marfa, well done.
Van Horn TX- We had a long ride from Marfa to Van Horn but were anticipating meeting our Warmshowers host, Bethany and Gary. These two make a great name for warmshowers hosts. Bethany made us shakes, dinner, and breakfast in the morning. We were treated like four kings during our stay in Van Horn. Devin’s rim cracked on the ride into Van Horn and Bethany went above and beyond to drive Devin to El Paso, the nearest place where he could get a new wheel. You two turned Van Horn to a haven for cyclists on the Southern Tier. Good luck on your tour and thank you so much!
El Paso TX- We stayed with Frank, a bicycle mechanic who is friends with some touring cyclists who Evan and Devin passed earlier in the trip. El Paso was almost surreal. We had been close to the border in other parts of texas but from El Paso, you can see Juarez, Mexico clear as day. Devin went over to taste some of the regional delicacy and get some authentic Mexican tequila.
Iggy and I got to go skating since Iggy got connected with Ryan through a rollerblading messageboard. Ryan drove us to two different skate parks, introduced us to the El Paso crew, and had a few savory mexican meals with us. Ryan, thanks my man. Keep in touch.
The four of us went with Frank to a BMX/show/lock in. We got to try “racing” on Desert Downs BMX track in El Paso. Unfortunately, Iggy, Evan, and Devin all took some pretty gnarly spills. They have the scabs, limps, bumps, and bruises to prove it. But I think everybody managed to have plenty of fun even though some damage was done.
The last night in El Paso, we ended up at Black Market, where Eddy, Franks roommate is a bartender. It was kareoke night and Evan and Iggy were certainly up to it. Evan held it down to Gwen Stefani’s - Shit (bananas). And Iggy got wild to B52’s - Rock Lobster and Ryan and Iggy rocked Van Halen’s - Jump.
Thanks Frank for showing us around and giving us a great place to stay. Forever grateful. Hope you get to go on a tour one day. You’d love it!
Now we’ve made our way into New Mexico. The nights get chilly and the days are blistering. Yesterday it was 106 degrees. The next major stop is Tempe Arizona where we will do some more rollerblading and hopefully get a chance to go rock climbing. We will be sticking around for a few days.
California is only a few weeks away! We just have to get through some brutal desert, Emory pass (biggest climb of the trip), and not kill each other first. Thanks for reading!