There are 820 miles of the Continental Divide Trail in New Mexico! We’ve already ridden several sections of it in the state and added another section from camp. We rode 25.1 miles and climbed 2581′ on a gloriously sunny and warm day.
This section of the CDT between Jack’s Peak Trailhead and Hornbrook Mountain is perfect. The surface isn’t riddled with loose rocks like the other day, and all the climbs are rideable – no hiking required! That doesn’t mean it’s easy though. The trail twists and winds around the mountains and into and out of canyons and washes with high desert vegetation and big views.
The last big climb up to Hornbrook Mountain was tough, but worth it for the view from the top. I don’t know rock types, but all the giant white rock outcroppings at the top of the mountain were very interesting..take a look. We split an energy bar, snapped some photos, remarked on, “where is everyone?” and turned around and headed back to camp. Seriously, for being gone four and a half hours, we didn’t see anybody on the trail, and it was really sweet riding!
Derek’s birthday is coming up later this month and he’s already dreaming up the cake he’s going to make. It’s a peanut butter cake with I think chocolate frosting. All from scratch of course. I know, I know, it doesn’t seem right that he’s making his own cake, but he likes to cook!