A Long Short Day

Four Corners Tour, Day 8; Epic Ride, Day 28:

When I hit the road this morning, I knew I was going to lose an hour to a time change.  I was wrong; I lost two hours!  And on the western side of the Central Time Zone, it gets dark earlier.  I had planned on going to Sonora, TX, before stopping for the night, but it was dark when I got to Fort Stockton and I could see the Motel 6 from the gas station, so I checked in, got a meal, and am getting ready to go to bed.

The only time I’ve driven the highway between San Antonio and El Paso it was at night until we stopped in Van Horn.  It’s all a lot prettier than I had expected so I don’t want to miss more daylight.

I’m going to hit the road at 7AM in the morning to make it to my ex-sister-in-law Kathy and her husband Bob’s house in time for us to go out for Mexican food tomorrow.  515 miles to go, but I’ll start earlier, grab lunch to eat as I ride and save time in general.

A few pictures from today:


Southern Arizona with a UP coal train being passed.


That may look like water in the distance in front of the mountain, but it’s not.  It’s sand.  There were warnings all through New Mexico about blowing dust reducing visibility to nil; but my winds were light.


West Texas (east of El Paso)





An abandoned building near Balmorhea


Sunset over my shoulder


Stats:  Day, 514 miles; Trip, 10,934 miles; Year, 16,807; Total, 68,895 miles.

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2 thoughts on “A Long Short Day

  1. Kenneth Harrell

    Phil, I haven’t done the west Texas area ever other than to ski dealer in ElPaso. Is that area down there nice enough to do a cool-weather tour of…Big Bend area, etc. I used to have ski dealers in Ruidoso and Alamagordo, and even raced bike enduros down there…love the White Sands stuff too, but I never got further south. I hear that bike trips in the west Texas hill country are good. Today is the first day back at MCC, so yesterday as the “Last Ride” I did 297 miles, going over to Cabela’s, then north to Hwy 26, and west to Scotts Bluff, and home through Kembal…no oil-field trucks at all, so maybe east of Morgan county is the area to avoid all that traffic. I saw a UP train yesterday with probably 80 cars of drill stem and some cars of that green 2′-diameter pipeline pipe, so the boom is still on big time. Today’s Denver Post says that there are 55,000 active wells in Colorado now! We’re looking forward to some cooler days weekend bike rides to the mountains including a Sat night camping deal. We haven’t been doing that for a few years, so it’ll almost be like a re-start of that part of our bike riding experience. Later….Ken


  2. Jim Nyffeler

    Phil, I’ve drove from ELP to MAF for work several times. It’s so much different than the northern Great Plains! I’ve even stopped to take a picture of the ruins at the Balmorhea exit. IIRC the road that goes south from that exit goes into the Davis mountains. I’ve driven that road and always wished I was on my motorcycle. Oh how did you like the legal speed limit east of ELP on I-10?

    Please keep riding, and writing. I’ll keep reading!

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