Wow and wow. Today was great, and yesterday was great. Yesterday was actually so good that I didn’t think I could write a blog about it right away. Had to just smile and enjoy it without words for a while. But that’s where I’ll start tonight…so yesterday I had a really good run. I started in a small town and within 5 miles was out on the open road. All I can say is that this is the feeling of pure freedom. There hasn’t been any other time in my life when I’ve felt this way, at this level. You can see the road stretch out ahead of you, you’ve got music in your ears, everything you need in the stroller in front of you, and you’re covering ground under your own power. It’s bliss.
After I finished running my friend Alex and I sat outside in our camping chairs and enjoyed some ice cold homemade grapefruit juice, courtesy of Tio Alberto. After a bit Alex climbed up a hill nearby to snap some photos from the top. I stayed back and was writing in my journal, lost in thoughts, when I realized Alex had disappeared over the other side of the hill and I hadn’t seen him for quite some time. After deliberating and waiting a bit longer, I started to really worry something had happened to him, so I packed a safety bag and went on a rescue mission. Binoculars, first-aid kit, knife, whistle, headlamp, compass, the whole nine yards. 20 minutes later I found him in photographer’s heaven on the other side of the hill. Once I got to the top I could understand why he got lost in time up there…the view was INCREDIBLE.
After that little hike, and avoiding some cattle on the way down, we drove back to where I had left that morning. The family that had put us up the previous 2 nights had invited us for dinner : ) So we feasted on homemade lasagna, salad, and cupcakes, and had a really nice time with the family, talking and sharing the photos with them.
As if John and Ruth (the parents) had not been kind enough yet, the invited us to spend another night in their guest bedroom. And in the morning they sent us off with our bellies full of homemade breakfast and hot coffee. I don’t know if they’ll see this but if they do, John and Ruth you both are incredibly kind and compassionate people. It was SO nice to spend time in your home and with your beautiful children- it reminded me of being back at my own home.
So that brings us to today, which was another great day. I crossed into New Mexico!!! I really felt invincible the second half of the run- I had a gradual climb for the last 5 miles and crossed the border at mile 21. I can’t believe it! Im already across two states! I think it’s going too fast!! It’s sorta a surreal feeling, because I thought and planned and dreamed so long about all this happening and about specific parts and I remember looking over and over again at maps and now those specific parts are actually happening…it’s crazy.
Apart from crossing into NM, I had beautiful weather and landscapes and my soundtrack was again just perfect. Alex brought me over a mix of 307 songs and has been letting me listen to his Ipod this week. New music is the best!
We are staying in another tiny town and just ate dinner at the only restaurant here. They were having taco night, as in all they were serving was tacos Haha. But they were only a dollar each so Alex and I each had 8. By 8:15 we were the only ones left in the place…I think this town must go to sleep early!
So the mileage for today was 25 and yesterday was 26. Tomorrow I reach a really cool town in New Mexico that I’ve been looking forward to : )