FarmingtonSaturday, July 19, 2014
tl;dr: Fifty more miles of desert. I stopped for the week in Farmington, which I don't really like.
Though it was only fifty miles or so, I didn't get to Farmington until early afternoon. On the one hand, Highway 371 is long and boring. On the other hand, periodically there is something interesting to see. I had read that this highway was in poor shape with free range cows and little traffic. However, giant swaths have been re-paved, and the cows are now held back by barbed wire.
Farmington seems like the kind of town I will not like, but I decided to stop here for the week, anyway. I really wanted to order a new tire, and I did. But I canceled that order when I realized it would take too long to deliver. (So I swapped my front and rear tires. That should last me a few more weeks.) I also need to spend some time getting work done, and the hotels here are significantly cheaper than they are in Durango or, indeed, Colorado in general. Also, I'm back down to 5000 feet, and it's hot out.