I intended to ride more frequently while in Ohio but once I get in my woods, I don't want to leave. There is something about planting 500+ seedlings, 20+ years ago and seeing how the land was transformed from a field into dense woods. The ash trees, which I never planted but emerged over time, continue to die from the Emerald Ash Borer and therefore, make for great fire wood. I got the above tranche cut and split and will do more when I return later this year.
So, off we go but return via the northern route which takes us through Kansas. 400 miles of the above scenery.
Eastern CO is no better but things improve once we turn south. Clouds forming in NM.
How bout that! Didn't know these Sinclair branded gas stations were still around
Rain in the distance. Eventually, we enter.....
….Taos, NM. Place is really run down, from what I saw of it. Lot of interesting characters around including a guy on a beat up bicycle, long beard flowing in the wind, who yelled "You are part of the problem" as we were walking.
We cross the Rio Grande and enter......
….the town of Hatch, NM.
We tried to calculate the quantity of smashed bugs on the windshield. At least 1000 so every stop for gas required a vigorous clean of the windshield. At last.....
….we arrive in southern AZ where I am greeted by a fire, above my place. It was caused by a lightning strike and appeared contained by this point but later, it exploded and grew to 1000+ acres. More to come on that.