Welcome to carbonstories.org. On this site you can learn about Michael Johnson-Chase and follow my blogs. With some exceptions, this site follows "theme based" cycling tours focusing on social and climate related issues. Slowed down observations of the world over days, weeks and months at 10 to 15 miles an hour can reveal a depth and quality of understanding about our environment often missed by faster modes of travel.

Southern Tier, Post 18

Day 20, Post 18: Another extraordinary day of cycling. Went from Marfa to Marathon, continuing through a vast desert with endless vistas of mountains, buttes and large, odd volcanic rock formations. We woke up to subzero desert temperatures and felt 80+ degree heat in the afternoon. The sun is down now, and darkness is descending. It will be very dark tonight, and the star gazing should be astonishing. The moon was full last night, which adds to the evening magic.

I have dropped out of the news cycle some, but everywhere I notice a microwave I wonder if we are being monitored by KellyAnn Conway.

Still traveling with the three fellow Southern Tier riders I met in Las Cruces. Today we met a Norwegian guy who might well join our pack. In time we will all go our separate ways, no doubt. But right now we are all getting along well, making the adventure that much more fun.

Check out my road cycling activity on Garmin Connect.
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1621139183

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Pic 1, Alpine's spoof of Marfa's Art exhibit - a Prada display in the high desert

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Pic 2, the approach to Marathon - it's in the distance

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Pic 3, Bike camp and my humble abode for the night

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Pic 4, the amazing desert

More to come,

Michael

Southern Tier, Post 19

Southern Tier, Post 17