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Day 8
Socorro, New Mexico to Roswell, New Mexico
166 miles, 4890 feet climbing


The next day was uphill for the first 78 miles, and Susan kicked us out of the lunch van and made us ride to lunch ! Oh, poor us ! As we rolled out of Socorro, NM, we both swore we saw a UFO hovering over the mountains. I think sighting of UFOs is pretty common in New Mexico. The scenery is pretty nice there. I suppose if I was an alien from another planet, I'd certainly visit New Mexico !

Just before lunch we rode through a large lava field called the Valley of Fire, definitely not a place to have a flat tire, since that really was molten rock on either side of the roadway. The lava flows were pretty impressive, but we had work to do at lunch, so we pressed on.