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Old 12-21-2014, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Middle of the desert
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If you are able to, you might wish to choose Sunday rather than Saturday - less traffic usually. Hope you have some great weather.
The weather cooperated for the most part and I did it this morning.

Rode over 375 Transmountain today and looped around the south end of the mountain back home. 35 miles in 5 hours. The first 7 miles is a gradual incline from 3800 feet to 5280 feet. Various hills on the back half of the ride as well that I swear were 20-25% grades. During the entire ride, I kept asking myself, "Why am I doing this???" LOL. Some of the hills on Murchison and Schuster killed my legs. I kept focus though taking breaks when needed and told myself that it's a marathon, not a race.

Set off around 7:15 this morning. Getting to the first observation point from the west side is a long and grueling climb.













Weather cooperated for the most part. Got a little breezy at some points with the head wind, made it tough with a head wind and a hill but I made it through.

When I was coming down the east side towards 54, saw a couple of guys riding up and a couple of guys hiking up.

My route started from Helen of Troy and I took:

-north on Resler
-east on 375
-south on the street that parallels 54
-south on Dyer
-west on Murchison which turned into Schuster
-north on Mesa
-north of Resler back to Helen of Troy

The next challenge is to ride up Transmountain from the east side.
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Old Yesterday, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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During the winter season the air gets traped over El Paso/Juarez and forms a diversion layer of smog over the both cities, either until the southernly or westernly winds kick in and blow the stuff away,then there will be clearness and the cycle repeats itself till around springtime when the dust storms roll around, thats mother nature doings, El Paso has no control of that, and if you think the gust of wind is bad there, you should see the gust of winds in the Sierras of California, now thats really bad.
I have been all set to retire in Tucson, and then decided to do some research on El Paso. I went through every page of this Photo Thread tonite, but it's this one passage that scares me. I have COPD, and I must also think that I'd be living in a higher altitude which will be a bit more taxing on my lungs, but the winter season with smog gives me reason to pause. As far as the winds, dust storms, well, I've survived 19 years of that in Las Vegas and I'm still alive!

As far as Border cities, I've never been afraid of any of them along the Mexican border, no matter what is going on over there, even 10 murders a day! I've been to Juarez, enjoyed it, and, to me, that's one additional reason for moving there, cantina hopping over there on a Saturday night, and their pharmacias for cheaper medications.

I've also taken the bus down to Chihuahua, and loved it, an additional reason for choosing El Paso. El Paso is a rather isolated city, and no matter what city you move to, boredom/restlessness will set in, and then? I wanna get away, where to go from here?

To the west, forget about a long drive to Odessa, Dallas, San Antonio! Yes, there's Albuquerque to the north, but no Santa Fe lover. And then, well, head south for a couple days!

Being I consider Juarez and El Paso to be one big combined city, it would be nice to also upload some photo's on the other side, which may lure even more people to El Paso!
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