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Day 23

On the plateau through New Mexico

Day 23

On the plateau through New Mexico

A good day. I cracked the 300 km mark again. The first half of the day the wind was even with us (in the second half, unfortunately, again against us). But the temperatures were really tolerable with a maximum of 34°C. We were on a plateau all day in New Mexico and reached the highest point with 2,400 m. Since 200 m, we are now in Texas and thus in a new time zone.

I was really happy that there was less traffic towards the end of the day. That meant I could drive on the first lane and was not pushed to the hard shoulder. On the first lane is in fact much less garbage than on the hard shoulder, where it caused me two flat tires today.

Otherwise, I feel very well, although my special wishes are not always met. Instead of greasy fries from the countless burger restaurants on the roadside, there is always food for me with actual nutrients. Who needs nutrients when the fries smell so tempting? Unfortunately, my team looks after me too well and there was again very good food to fuel me properly. I am especially looking forward to the next days because Viki has accidentally stumble upon a small treasure in terms of food. At lunchtime, she roamed the area in search of more witnesses for the World Record attempt. After she saw not really anyone on the streets, she ventured into a shop and was amazed when the whole hall was full of rattles, elks and other animals – stuffed, not alive, mind you. As a vegetarian, this was not necessarily her first address, but the animal preparer and butcher was incredibly nice and interested in the world record attempt. He wanted to be able to say that he has seen the world record cyclist and was keen to testify officially. After learning that I’m eating meat, he gave Viki a bag of “good proteins”: Now we have nearly 2 kg of venison fillets in our fridge!

It is always fascinating what great encounters you have on the way. Adventure on and off the track.