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High Altitude New Mexico
Submitted by Tiffany on 19 October, 2010 - 05:49
Now who is the heavy breather as Thelma and I coped with the high altitude of NM, not to mention the spelling struggles with the city of Albuquerque.
As I rode across Texas (I promised you the hitch-hiker stuff) I saw some hitch-hikers, I was about to pull over and pick one of them up when I realised it was still a bit early in the morning and none of the hitch-hikers had suitable clothing to ride on the back of the bike. It is very cold when I'm going fast along the freeway, especially on the long, flat straight roads that Texas seems to take great pride in. Realising I didn't want to cause an innocent person to get hypothermia, I left the hitchers where they were, deciding to get one later in the day which would actually kill two birds with one stone. Every afternoon, the heat from the land causes the wind to pick up sometimes getting quite gusty and buffeting Thelma around. I'm not sure what the physics of it is, but for some reason, both Thelma and I find it easier to cope with the wind when there is a pillion passenger.. possibly because they add extra ballast and weight to keep the wheels on the ground.
However as the afternoon wore on and I decided it was warm enough, I was in for a surprise as there was a big sign beside the road stating
DO NOT PICK UP ANY HITCH-HIKERS
Hmmmm, probably best to take heed of that warning, I don't much like the idea of a mad-axe murderer sharing the seat of a BMW with me.
New Mexico has provided a lot more variety in the landscape which I enjoyed and the familiar crisp feel of being at high altitudes, along with a slightly stuttering engine as Thelma coped with the reduced oxygen in the air.