U.S. 360 Tour – Day 18 from Silver City NM to Buckhorn NM (Mothers and Divides)

Latest update on my purpose-driven cycling journey around the American perimeter.

Today was sort of a rest day. Woke up this morning seriously drained from yesterday’s ride out of the mountains. The plan was to go the relatively short distance (39 miles) from Silver City to Buckhorn, which is at the Western edge of the state line that New Mexico shares with Arizona. What I will tell you is that today was everything that yesterday wasn’t. Tailwinds were very much intact, the roadway descended gently for a good part of the day (with the exception of the first four miles West of Silver City), and my outlook was much improved.

The first notable experience just West of Silver City was the sign marking the Continental Divide. As I crossed the line that is the divide, I was half expecting some kind of spiritual experience. While I didn’t exactly have one at that particular point, I can assure you there were times today that I did have spiritual experiences, slaloming down nice hills with a tailwind, sometimes for miles, and always with beautiful scenery. The scenery was interesting today. Much of the latter part of the ride went into the Gila River valley, on one side rolling hills, and on the other side the Mogollon Mountain range, which is part of the Gila Wilderness. Very, very pretty views today, light traffic, and good roads.

The second notable experience was, even as I was enjoying the serenity that is Western New Mexico, the realization of my good fortune to be surrounded by wonderful mothers. My wife, my sister, my mother-in-law, my sisters-in-law, and of course my own mother, were on my mind this Mothers Day. I was blessed to have my mother with me today.

Again passed through areas with very limited services today, including Mangas, Riverside, Cliff, and of course Buckhorn. Ran into one touring cyclist today. Jim, who hails from Albuquerque. He was on the Southern Tier today, but his route is throughout New Mexico. Wildlife sightings were limited today, probably because most of the route was on a U.S.-marked highway.

Camping tonight in Buckhorn behind the Buckhorn Post Office. Swung by the Last Chance Liquor Store and they sold me two fresh medium pizzas, since I’ll be tough camping this evening. Well, a good pizza makes it a little less tough.

It’s all good.

Surly Pearl contemplating the Divide
The sign says it all
Beautiful Western New Mexico on a gentle downhill
I could ride all day in this weather
Jim, the touring cyclist from New Mexico
Surly Pearl looking down on the Gila River
That’s the Mogollon Mountain range behind me
I liked this sign
Happy Mothers Day
Tonight’s campsite behind the Buckhorn NM Post Office

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