Brownsville, Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe NP
We have demoted ourselves from bike-tourists to mere tourists. After 5 days in Bronwnsville and huge disappointment while crossing the US border we finally came to a conclusion. We're buying a car. The plan is to travel through the proposed route and at the end once we get to New Jersey we want to sell it. We'll drive throgh the "empty spaces", we'll do few days' bike trips and couple of hiking trips as well. It's gonna be just fine. Btw. I have to admit when driving through Texas I realized how tough this would be had we ridden our bikes here. Nearly 700ml with no shadows, no rivers, with average town-to-town distances around 70ml. I'd rather ride up the mountais and forests than this.
Texas is a flat land, few canyons and hundreds of oil rigs
It's crazy weather season, very strong winds and storms every evening.
There's a "big room" on the very bottom of this cave which would fit 6 football pitches, so they say. We gotta pay an entry fee in every national park, of course. We had a plan to climb up the highest mountain in Texas - Guadalupe Peak 8749ft (2667m) which was few miles to the south-west but unfortunately the entire park was temporarely closed due to huge fire in the area. Instead we hiked through the McKittrick canyon.
Photo El Capitan in Texas (the other and more popular one is in Yosemite, California)
We're going north-west today to The Wite Sands National Monument and soon enough we'll be riding our bikes again. At least for a little while.