Thursday, September 17, 2009

Day 20 - Halfway to Monclova

Around here you should always have a Plan B handy. It also helps to have a willing friend. We're in Monterrey another night, but I did ride halfway to where we should have stayed tonight and came back in the car.
Jon lost his passport in Taxco. He had written ahead to the U.S. consulate to set up an appointment and today was the only day since yesterday was Mexican Independence Day and the consulate was closed...sooooo, I talked Benjamín Bustos, a friend from San Jeronimito here working on his masters', to drive the support vehicle this morning. Benjamín was a trooper. He arrived at the hotel at 4:30 a.m. and we drove to the edge of the city. I was on the bike by 5:30 heading toward Monclova. I rode 54.8 miles in 3 hours and 48 minutes before we turned around at 9:20 and headed back so Benjamín could work out his class schedule. By that time Jon had been to his appointment at the American consulate and arranged to get a temporary passport by the afternoon.
Thanks Benjamín for the early morning sacrifice.
Now I have more than 100 miles to go to arrive at Sabinas, the scheduled stopping place for tomorrow. The last two days have been a rest of sorts, but the day is waning and 5 a.m. tomorrow will come soon enough. I have to ride early because I'm in the desert now.
I'm going to rest. Meanwhile, if you can read Spanish, check out the article posted on the news magazine Hora Cero (Zero Hour) at:
The segment for television airs Sunday and will be posted on the web by next Wednesday. Thanks to Moisés Gómez and Erick Nuñiz for helping get the word out about the Abandoned Senior Refuge!
Next stop: Sabinas, Coahuila, or there abouts!

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