Finale

Now out of the mountains, the terrain shifts to desert and the road follows the continental divide for a few miles south of Silver City.
Big skies, long roads approaching the border
65 miles…
…need a rest break?…
…45 miles…
…many dung beetles working the street…
…final mile…
…closer…
…closer…
…touchdown.

Antelope Wells is a ‘no drama’ border crossing: no wall, no lines, no nearby towns, only 1 resident (who invited me over for a celebratory beer). Border security presence is evident by patrols on road, scrub, and air, as illegal crossing attempts happen even in this remote area. Apparently smugglers have tried to pose as Divide riders, they plant bike caches in the scrub…just cheapo Walmart bikes spray painted black…to be picked up after a crossing and they ride as ‘thru-bikers’. Border patrol is totally on to them.

Achievement unlocked: Seattle – Missoula – Antelope Wells.

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