The 15:25 Greyhound coming from Los Angeles today had my bike on it! Better yet, I assembled it and it seems to be in the same condition as when I packed it.
Right now, my plan is to ride to Silver City tomorrow. We will not be starting from the border. The town that Mathieu and Auke are coming from did not have adequate food supplies to permit it. While it would be nice to be able to say we rode the entire Great Divide (not to mention easier: “we rode from Mexico to Canada” vs “we rode from 60 miles north of the Mexican border to Canada”), it is not that important. The experience is what brought me out here – not the numbers.
Change of plans. Mathieu and Auke are taking a rest day in Silver meaning I would be there for two rest/waiting days. To avoid spending two days in Silver, here is what I’m doing. Sam is going to drive me from Deming to Antelope Wells tomorrow morning. I will ride back to his place and spend the night there. Over the following two days I will ride to Silver, getting there probably mid-afternoon on Thursday (Mathieu and Auke’s rest day). It shouldn’t be too strenuous – 46 miles the first day then 78 miles over the subsequent two. Much of the time will be on paved roads. The great adventure truly begins tomorrow.