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I got rolling at a little after 10:00 am and left Las Cruces headed north east up highway 70 to Alamagordo, then Roswell. The ride wasn't bad, but it wasn't terribly exciting either. At Roswell I of course stopped by the UFO Museum and picked up some post cards and stickers and then went up the street and tried the famed Sonic Burger chili cheese fries.
Back on the road heading northeast I cut off of 70 on the 202 over to Muleshoe in Texas and then east on 70 in Texas to the Copper Break State Park and campground north of Crowell right near the Oklahoma border. The ride was REALLY windy and I was constantly dodging tumble weeds and mini dust storms. Plus it was really pretty much flat, straight, boring, and hot. Farm land forever in all directions with a house here or there, not much caught my attention. Though I did notice a chevy 350 powered irrigation pump, that was cool. Anyways, the terrain starting getting a little rolling hilly and had some twists and turns after I got past Plainview. There was also a cool sign that read "Earth" with a straight arrow and "Sudan" with a right turn arrow. Earth wasn't that exciting though.
After what seemed like forever, I finally made it to Crowell, where I bought some groceries, and then headed up to the Copper Break state park to setup camp. This is the first campground that I've been to that actually has a ranger on duty. I checked in and was pleased to find out that it was only $11 to camp for the night, plus there is a free shower with hot water in the bathroom next to my site. Sweet. It's a nice campground too, with an obscene amount of wildlife running around. Actually, there's something scary rummaging through the bushes outside my tent, and some weirdo creatures wheezing at each other in the woods. I think the rummaging things are foxes or something along those lines, I keep hearing them around the tent and when I shine my light out there all I see are glowing eyes in the darkness. Ooooohhh, spooky.
Total Mileage for Day: 543
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