Monday, April 11, 2011

Day 17 - Alamogordo to Mayhill, NM

Today was just a 40 mile day because we spent the entire morning on a 16 mile 5-6% grade climb to Cloudcroft from a starting elevation of around 4000 ft to over 8600 ft. This was also our coldest start for the trip at 37 degrees. It warmed up a little bit during the climb and then cooled off significantly at the top in Cloudcroft. We spent about two hours in Cloudcroft to window shop in their quaint village-like town and also had lunch there. We also noticed that the terrain changed a little bit from hilly, barren slopes to hilly slopes covered almost entirely with lush green evergreen trees. The climb was long and tedious but much more do-able thanks to a bike with mountain gearing to accommodate the climbs. We looked forward to a nice downhill after the climb but a moderate headwind took a lot of the fun away. Such is the adventure of coast to coast cycling.

My apologies for the the somewhat brevity of this post. I have very limited internet access tonight and no cell phone service (sorry sweetie). I could not download pictures per usual. I will try to include them tomorrow.

Devotional Thought:

From Ps. 19:1,2 NLT “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.” Without doubt, one of my greatest motivations to go coast to coast is to experience the truth contained in this psalm. How blind must those people be who see the majestic beauty of nature and attribute it to mere chance or scientific theory. Instead, this psalm reminds us that God's creation speaks day by day and night after night about who is the real author of this inimitable beauty. Thank you, God, that your truth still reigns in the silent beauty of your creation.

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