July 10, 2012
Fredericksburg, TX to Carlsbad, NM
Once again the day began at 3:15 a.m. We had 400 miles to travel between Fredericksburg, TX and Carlsbad, NM, and we wanted to avoid the heat as much as possible. We left at 4:00 Central Time.
Riding in the dark in a forested area can be somewhat dangerous. This morning we saw deer beside the road, deer crossing the road just in front of us, and rabbits crossing the road just in front of us. Fortunately, there were no untoward incidents.
Today was not a hot day – the temperature got no higher than 82. However, it was a rainy day. We had to don our raingear twice and got wet anyway!
When we crossed the border from Texas into New Mexico the time zone changed to Mountain Time. We arrived in Carlsbad at 1:00 after riding 10 hours. We couldn’t check into our motel this early, so we had to sit in the lobby for the better part of an hour before we could unload our bikes. And by then, the rain had started again …
We rode out to Carlsbad Caverns
in the rain and used our National Parks Lifetime Passes to get into the facility. We took an elevator 750 feet down into the cave and wandered around for nearly two hours. I discovered that the camera I had brought on this trip, while reasonably good when taking outside pictures, was singularly “not good” for taking pictures in very dim cave light. However, a gentleman named Peter Jones took photos for the National Park Service and has made some available royalty-free (http://www.nps.gov/cave/photosmultimedia/index.htm
). So enjoy Carlsbad Caverns through the lens of Peter Jones!