Pancho's Car Title Loans building in Sambrano, El Paso, Texas, USA
Desert Inn to City of Rocks
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Day 78 - El Paso, Texas. I left the Desert Inn dry. The warm air welcome after days of cold. I arrived quickly on the Interstate. There was nothing out there. El Paso borders with the Mexican city of Juárez and can be seen from the nearby mountain 👋 I didn’t enter. Both due to the border crossing and for safety. I grabbed oil and found jacked up Impala. The architecture fascinating. I left and headed to the White Sands Monument. The area a test site for NASA missiles. A Surface-to-air on display. The sands were impressive yet disappointing for someone who grew up on the coast. A scene from Transformers and other movies filmed there. I doubled back to my camp at ‘The City of Rocks’. I made it by dark. It was an amazing place to camp. Each site enclosed in giant rocks. The light of campfires running up them 🔥 I met a man who helped me navigate it at night (I lost my glove twice that day). He stayed there for 6 months over time. He explained its ‘suburbs’ and the most delicious oranges he’d had in New Orleans. “Hey, what are those flashing lights in the distance?” I asked the experienced man, “mobile towers”, “no that”, “oh, lightning I guess”. Some people with torches came and he ran away. I gained reception and found a storm headed directly for us. I cooked pork and watched the light show roll towards me over the desert. I moved my bike and tent next to a rock face for protection. The storm came and I was safe.