The temperatures were in the 80s which is much better than the many days near 100. The first ten miles on today's ride was gradual gain and then we had shorter rollers. Later in the ride we had a stiff headwind.
We are about 700 miles from LA and this has long been a popular overnight stop for travelers. Currently there are 13 motels with over 300 rooms available. In the mid 20th century this was one of the few places in the area that accepted black guest. El Paso was another spot for black travelers to find a room.
in 1881 this was the meeting place of the second transcontinental railroad. There are two wineries in the area. Agriculture and transportation are the mainstays of the economy now. Two state parks are close and sound interesting. City of Rocks has many rock formations and at Rockhound park you may see many different minerals.
The first places started in 1946; combined and went with a cute theme of the old west town.
Las Cruses has 111,000 people and is the largest city in southern NM. It is the home of NM State University. The White Sands Test Facility and Missile Range are close by.
I am now through NM and that is the 3rd state of this virtual tour. I have covered 880 miles. I now enter Texas and below you see the position at the red dot. I have a long way until Louisiana.
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