22:05 05Jun2017 There is no internet here, I’m blogging offline.
This was to be a short and easy day – 31 miles to Marathon. In the morning, I visited the Bike Store, even though I knew it would be closed on Monday.
I also looked at a couple of the Alpine drugstores to see whether any carried After Bite (anhydrous ammonia for insect bites). Nope.
In Marathon, my first stop was the post office, to mail a few things home. It was 2:00 by then, and the manual window was only open until 2:30. Merrianne, a package should arrive for you, shortly. One of the items in there is for you – you’ll know which one.
I then proceeded to the La Loma Del Chivo hostel on the other side of the tracks, where the normal people live.
Juan showed me the bathroom, which was a different building from the sleeping quarters. There is even a hot shower – you just have to turn the propane on before getting in, and turn it off when you get out. I had to extract a 2″ jumping spider from the tub, and a 1/2″ one. They couldn’t escape because the walls were too slippery. I just put them out onto the bath house floor.
Tomorrow’s goal is Sanderson, which is 56 miles away with no services in-between. Much of the latter part is downhill, however. I hope to leave early in the morning.
I love hearing about the people you meet along the way it must be one of the best parts of your travels.
I really hope someone records the stories from Juan. Several are worthy of publishing in a book like Chicken Soup for the Soul. Ingrid probably had a lot of stories, herself, but I didn’t get to spend much time talking with her.
La Loma del Chivo hostel looks like an amazing place! I’m guessing you chose the latter room, on the roof deck?
I took the inside room, for the simple reason that it would quicker to load the gear onto the bike from there. If I had multiple days, the roof room would have been a treat.
Very eclectic hostel, looks quite interesting. I don’t think I would have liked the spiders, or the monotony of the road. It is great to vicariously experience your trip through your pictures though.
pipes…depending on the direction, maybe to keep big debris out of the channels?
Your guess is as good as mine. The pipes are not enough to stop a human from crawling through, or most animals.
target, maybe you wandered onto a military base! 8D Quick, get out!