Apr 16, 2012
Distance today = 50.35 km; Total distance = 5107.53 km; Location = Questa (8m north of) – 36 46.344′ N, 105 35.366′ W; Start time = 0859, Finish time = 1649
Another cold-ish day, with a little bit of snow falling at the higher altitudes, but hardly enough to warrant a mention. It was only the second time I've climbed above 2,300 metres in elevation on the world run, reaching nearly 2,400 metres (8,000 feet) at my highest point today. I also experienced my highest finishing point for any day, with 2,369 metres.
I began the day in Taos, which I had not realised was the home of so many celebrities. We met some very nice locals at dinner last night, and they informed us that Taos is home to Julia Roberts, Lauren Hutton, Lynn Anderson (who had several hits in the 70s, including I Never Promised You A Rose Garden – who remembers that one?), and was once the home of Dennis Hopper. And I thought it was a quaint but unknown village. I found out later that it was also the home of Kit Carson in the 1800s. I'm not exactly sure who he was, but I've heard the name. One thing I'm sure of – he wouldn't have been as good a cyclist as Kit Rumsey.
As mentioned, my finishing point today was my highest yet, and it was in the shadow of Wheeler Peak, the second highest mountain in New Mexico at 13,161 feet (almost 4,000 metres). Tomorrow I head into Colorado again. I have a feeling I'll be climbing even higher.
PS Although I don't have reception for the tracker, I have managed to get it updated via the wireless network at the hotel. However, my official run position is actually 8 km further north of where the tracker is showing me.