Today I rode on down to El Paso putting me in Texas for the next month! It was a relatively easy ride and I had some company with a local cyclist, Eric, an EMT and volunteer firefighter out for a morning spin. We talked for hours about all kinds of things – cycling and running, politics, relationships, and most importantly the route I was taking to El Paso!
I had decided that morning I was going to take the “scenic” route and Eric heavily advised against it as it would have required several hours of arduous climbing. I heeded his warning, and I’m glad I did. We exchanged information and I promised to send him a marathon training plan that would put him in good shape to qualify for the Boston Marathon next year – a feat I have accomplished.
It was 5:30 before I arrived in El Paso at our hosting family’s house. John’s roommate had a friend that had lived in Savannah for years before moving out to El Paso, and she and her daughter were happy to have us stay for as long as we liked! After meeting them and doing my daily stretching routine, I set out to have that BBQ dinner with Patrick before he headed on back.
We went to Rudy’s and it lived up to the hype. Big time! I had never eaten so much Brisket, Ribs, Turkey, and Prime Rib in my life and it was excellent. After dinner, I said my goodbyes to Patrick and we promised to stay in touch. It is always nice to have friends out in the Bay area, as it is one of the most beautiful places on earth in my opinion. Meeting people on the road, and making friends, has been one of the coolest parts of this trip.