Day 9 Socorro to Ruidoso NM

The Last Hard Day – Hopefully

Today we took it a little easier on the PAC Tour than yesterday, just 105 miles from Socorro NM to Ruidoso.

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Notice how the right side looks a little bumpy – thems there is mountains!

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So we took it easy for the first half, riding through fields of chili peppers until the first water stop by White Sands.

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Great place for a picnic and you don’t even have to bring charcoal.

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On we rode, straight, straight, straight. In fact, I need to re-watch Forest Gump as one section of Rt. 60 looks like it was used in several Hollywood films to show tarmac going to the horizon.

Then we got to the right side of the graph, and rode went up.

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Here is Gerry from Tucson heading up the big climb that was capped with a water stop. He is over 65 and I took most of the day to catch him! Then, no problem, roll into the finish. No such luck. Up and down we went through steep valleys, over and over for 15 miles. Exhausting! We are now at the run-down Swiss Chalet Inn, high up in the mountains at 7000′, which at least has a nice view from the balcony.

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I have been assured that today was the last tough day and the ride gets flatter. Tomorrow we have to climb back through a few hills, then it is more or less downhill for 90 miles. We shall see!

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Chris Spear

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