Great Divide-Section #5

9/21/2014-10/4/2014 2,476 miles- Chaco Canyon, NM to Mexican Border

After two months on the road I had mixed emotions as the trip came to a close.  Nearing the end I experienced a deep sense of lonelyness that I hadn’t felt earlier in the trip.  At the same time a part of me didn’t want the trip to end.  A part of me wanted to take a few days and rest in preparation for continuing the trip south into Mexico.

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Dry camp in New Mexico.

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Relaxing at the Toaster House. Thank you!!!

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Want some toast?

Day 59

By the time I made it to Pie Town, NM I could really sense that the trip was coming to an end.  I had lots of time and low miliage days to get to the border. Being Pie Town I had to partake in the namesake of the town.  I stoped at a cafe and order what I assume is a New Mexico special,  apple pie with green chilies.  It was delicious.

Just south of Pie Town along the route is a little sanctuary for long distance travelers, Nita’s Toaster House.  The house is open and available for long distance hikers, and bikers.  I spent the night there and it really felt like a home away from home.  Amazing how good it feels to have the comforts of home on the road.  Nita your generosity is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

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Nita’s Toaster House!

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Journaling in the shade of the Ponderosas.

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Enjoying the last couple of nights out.

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Bikers version of the farmers tan.

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Thanks Sena!

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Desert

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Day 66

With only one day left of riding to get to the border I entered the desert.  Just a couple days before I was surrounded by Ponderosa pines, the landscape was covered in ocatillo and cacti.  With only 100 miles to go it was difficult holding back.  I had two more days before my Brother and Mom would meet me at the Mexican border.  I pushed on to Separ just 75 miles from the end and found a Tepee to camp in.  At first I was planning to cowboy camp in the Tepee, but after a short investigation unearthed multiple black widow spiders, I opted to put my tent up in the Tepee.

For my last night on the trail the sky was ablaze with color.

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Final evening on the trail.

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Black Widow Palace!

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Trip mascot!

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Mexico!

Day 67

After 67 days on the trail and years of dreaming about it I had completed the Great Divide!  The final day was a breeze, driven by excitement the last 75 miles flew by.  With just 23 miles to get to the border I heard a vehicle behind me.  My Mom and Brother pulled up beside me and cheered.  I was so excited to see them.  We took a quick break and I gobbled up the homemade cookies that they had brought for me.  So great to have family there at the very end of such a big trip.

Fueled by cookies the last 23 miles were an easy task.  It felt really unbelievable to be completing such a long journey.  Thanks to everyone that supported me along the way!

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Mexico!


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