After crossing the Rio Grande we turned into a strong headwind that grew stronger all day. For the first 50 miles I averaged 10 mph and I was working hard. Then the climbing began and the wind was stronger. It was so strong that when I stopped I didn't even want to stand in it. Lunch was served in bowls because plates would just fold.
The Rio Grande
There was one section of lava fields. I am always surprised by how big these things are.
The climb into Ruidoso was a series of steep climbs. This is a beautiful place--if you don't have to climb up to it--and I had no idea it even existed.
All together it took me nearly 11 hours to go 106 miles and I am crushed.