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Liverworks Productions
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Bicycle Trip 2014
2014-04-18Release the Cows!
2014-04-19Need A List
2014-04-20Million Dollar Water
2014-04-23Peoria IL
2014-04-24Navigating the Grid
2014-04-25I'm in a flat land
2014-04-26Ghetto in the Fields
2014-04-27The Katy Trail
2014-04-30Hermann MO
2014-05-01Hermann to Jefferson City
2014-05-02The Mushroom Hunters
2014-05-03Enter the Ozarks
2014-05-04Ha Ha Tonka
2014-05-09Bennett Springs State Park
2014-05-10Barbed Wire and Mansions
2014-05-11Hello Arkansas
2014-05-16Up the Mountain
2014-05-17Muddy Roads
2014-05-21The Ouachita Trail...
2014-05-25Farm to Market to Paris
2014-05-29Caddo National Grasslands
2014-05-30Salt Palace and Alligators
2014-06-06Waco Mammoth Site
2014-06-0710 Liters
2014-06-08Mayonnaise or Mustard
2014-06-11Enchanted Rock and Old Tunnel
2014-06-12High Fences
2014-06-13Kickapoo Cavern
2014-06-14Del Rio
2014-06-19Into the Desert
2014-06-20Cold and Wet
2014-06-21Bicycler Bottleneck
2014-06-22Chisos Mountains
2014-06-23Chisos Mountain Lodge
2014-06-27Friday Night Light
2014-06-28Dust Devils
2014-07-02Crops in the Desert
2014-07-03Armpit of America
2014-07-04City of Rocks
2014-07-05Silver City
2014-07-10Gila National Forest
2014-07-11Peanut Butter
2014-07-12Last of the Washboards
2014-07-17El Malpais

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El Malpais

Thursday, July 17, 2014

tl;dr: I biked from Quemado to Grants through El Malpais National Monument.

El Malpais What to write? Another day, another trek across the desert. The roads were long and mostly deserted (heh), although there were a few stretches of construction.

I biked through El Malpais National Monument. Look, pictures. I actually drove this route a few years ago. Here's the link:


I stopped at the El Malpais Ranger Station to top off water. A lady who volunteers there came out to see if I needed anything, and then began asking all sorts of questions about my trip. To look at her, I totally expected her to be a local native. But as the conversation continued I heard some of the distinct pronunciations of a New Yorker, which she confirmed. New Mexico is very much a melting pot. Talk to ten different locals, and you will hear ten different accents.

Because I had been so cold on previous nights, and because I was told Grants was one of the coldest cities in New Mexico at night, I stopped at a hotel and walked over to Walmart and purchased myself a sleeping bag. Fortunately, Walmart actually carried light-weight ones.

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