Day 10 – out of NM and across North Texas

Day 10 – Sad to leave New Mexico. We pulled out of Tucumcari just after sunrise and knew it was going to be a warm day.  The problem with riding in warm weather?  Where to store all the long underwear, fleece pants, pullovers, neck-warmers and jackets?  Plus the tape job I did on the hard case didn’t really stick so now my right case is far from water-tight.  Luckily Gregg had two extra smallish dry bags so I repacked the contents of the damage case in those and we headed east on I-40 toward the Texas state line.

Tucumcari sunrise

Tucumcari sunrise

heading east along I-40

heading east along I-40

west Texas cotton bales - like everything in Texas they're BIG

west Texas cotton bales – like everything in Texas they’re BIG

cotton littering the sides of the road along I-35

cotton littering the sides of the road along I-40

riding into a 200 mile fog bank

riding into a 200 mile fog bank

long stretches of nothing

long stretches of nothing

scenes along I-40 in west Texas

scenes along I-40 in west Texas

We arrived in Wichita Falls, TX and pulled into the Red River Harley-Davidson dealership and took a picture for Dave J.  Sorry – no luck getting you a tee-shirt.  They’re closed on Mondays.

sorry Dave J. tried to get you a tee-shirt, but they're closed on Mondays.  Red River H-D, Wichita Falls, TX

sorry Dave J. tried to get you a tee-shirt, but they’re closed on Mondays. Red River H-D, Wichita Falls, TX

Hard to believe, but 100s of miles later and both the bike and I are still covered in Cuba clay.

Decided to press on to Denton, TX and stayed at an immaculate, newly renovated Motel 6 that is much nicer than the $99/night place in Liberal, KS (the one with the swan folded towels in the bathroom).  The rooms and bathroom look like something out of an IKEA catalog.  Pedestal beds and sink.  Flush mounted flat screen TV, etc.  And for $49/night including tax w free wi-fee and a 20% discount at Denny’s next door.

So we had “date” night – took showers, put on button shirts (first time worn on this trip) and wore non-riding gear parts and boots and went to Denny’s for dinner.

date night at Denny's in Denton, TX - Gregg with our waitress

date night at Denny’s in Denton, TX – Gregg with our waitress

Gregg relaxing after dinner by the pool

Gregg relaxing after dinner by the pool

Gregg checking weather and upload pictures - yes, he's got shorts on

Gregg checking weather and upload pictures – yes, he’s got shorts on

fancy Motel 6 sink

fancy Motel 6 sink

very IKEA like towel holder

very IKEA like towel holder

Not bad for a 425+ mile day.

Ending odometer: 25,642

 

 

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