Although today was technically a rest day, we did have an easy 33 mile ride with the wind from Clint, Tx to Ft. Hancock, Tx. Roger and Joe went to mass at St. Pious with their mission friends from El Paso while the rest of us got on the road. Brian and Ron took off early and as Phil, Allen and I started to leave 15 minutes later Allen had flatted between the room and the trailer! Not to be outdone, Bob flatted 5 miles down the road on a piece of brown bottle glass the size of a BB. Meanwhile, Roger took our great driver Joe, to the El Paso airport for his trip back to Iowa and then picked up the trailer and brought it to our Ft Hancock motel. Ron, Roger, and Brian then went back to the airport to get our new driver, Rick Runyon. Rick’s son Brian is married to Ron’s daughter Erika and will be driving for us the next ten days.
This afternoon the wind has picked up and is blowing dust and sand across the landscape. We are glad to be in today and hope the wind blowing out of the west continues this week as we ride east. Allen seems to be more interested in the border fence (which is only a couple miles south of us) than the rest of us. He has already taken a side trip down to the port of entry by himself, but I think Jill has given him orders to stay clear!
We have worked on our bikes and are enjoying some downtime this afternoon and evening. Breaded pork chops in gravy with carrots and seasoned rice are on the menu for tonight – life is good!