Day 53 Sierra Blanca to Van Horn TX. 34 miles

10/22/2014

P1020852Sleeping next to an old train station would be pretty cool if loud trains didn’t chug by during the night. The iron horses are so much louder when there aren’t competing sounds. Crystal and I were so exhausted from the previous day, there wasn’t much that could rouse us from slumber.

P1020840Dewdrops practically formed on my eyelashes on the grey overcast morning of day 53. A hot green tea with honey got me moving. The drink is packed with antioxidants and I like the way it tastes. I nudged Crystal to take to the streets with me. The abandoned shops lined both sides of the main strip with ghosts of a time past haunting every corner. We walked into an old shop which sold stones and gems. The lady there said the town was dead...

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Day 52 McNary to Sierra Blanca Texas – 35 miles

10/21/2014

P1020794I ended the previous day being interrogated by the border patrol. I began day 52 with a sheriff giving me the third degree. He was concerned that the owners of a rundown emptied out building might not want my support vehicle on the property. He was pretty cordial after hearing about my adventure. When I told him the road I had planned to run, he said, “Hahaha, good luck!”

P1020814El diablo road, the devil’s road, perhaps the name was an indication of things to come. Was it a wise decision to run without my support vehicle? I threw caution to the wind and the wind whisked it away. The wind then pushed me around and kicked dust into my face. After a couple miles I checked my map to make sure I was on track...

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Day 50 & 51 San Elizario to McNary TX. – 43 miles

10/20/2014

IMG_3648There are people working in the stores in these parts who speak only Spanish. It was quite a surprise. I was able to dust off my Spanish language skills and navigate the territory. With the Mexican border just a stone’s throw from my route, it makes sense that there would be a large Mexican community. Every culture has their traditions, sayings, and food. On my 50th day I ate chilindrinas for the first time in my life. Chilindrinas are a snack with a wheat rind for the base. They are topped with cabbage, tomatoes, and pork. Of course being vegetarian I had it without the pork. For flavor lime and hot sauce are lightly sprinkled.

IMG_3662I only ran a couple more miles before the sun set...

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