Have you ever been to a place that you just knew you would return to? Maybe there was unfinished business or it was just that amazing?
On the other hand have you ever been to a place and known you wouldn’t be back because it was so remote or there was no reason?
Such was the case with Hachita, NM. Back in August 2021 we spent our last night on the Great Divide Ride sleeping in the Community Center in Hachita, NM (‘bout the middle of nowhere). Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would ever return.
But here we were today!
The plan was to ride to Hachita and stay however we arrived at 12:30pm and with the wind at our backs we sailed right through to Columbus chalking our longest ride yet on the Southern Tier at 94 miles and crossing the Continental Divide early this morning.
The temperature swings here in the Chihuahan desert can be as much as 40 degrees daily. In the mornings, it’s lower 30’s and by late afternoon in the comfortable 70’s so we frequently find ourselves taking layers off, putting sunscreen and chapstick on, and watering down.
Not only are we traveling a birding trail (by coincidence) it’s also a hub for stargazers due to clear nights, low population densities, high elevations and dry climate. We passed this sign this morning and thought… what if… It might someday be designated as an International Dark Sky Park.
Hitting the Lone Star state tomorrow but for tonight, good night from room #1 at the Hacienda.
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