Rarely do I heed a warning before a long-distance ride. This message, however, is from my nephew Ruben, who is a wildlands firefighter stationed in Silver City, NM. A credible source.
His message is, "It's supposed to be very windy across New Mexico, starting tomorrow." He is also a rider, so I listen. He adds, with a bit of humor, I'm sure, "Hopefully it will blow in the right direction for you."
He is currently fighting a large fire just outside of Santa Fe, NM, where the intense winds are feeding a devastating wildfire. I heed his words as I leave Three Rivers, CA, for the badlands of New Mexico.
I'm on a mission, heading for the La Joya, NM, cemetery. Fortunately, the wind is blowing at my back from the Mojave Desert, past Barstow, CA, to Kingman, AZ. A tailwind is a biker's dream, but that would change.