After a day like yesterday, the best thing to do today was  rest. In the morning, I plotted out the remainder of my days in New Mexico. I had been considering 60-mile days, but I scaled back for two reasons. Most obviously, I didn't want to put myself through another day like yesterday if it could be avoided. The other big factor in my decision was how much I enjoyed the short day from Capitan to Carrizozo. Consequently, unless I get a great tailwind, I'm going to ride 25-45 mile days through the mountains.
Sometimes, purely by coincidence, junk e-mail really hits home. Today I received messages with the subjects " I heard you're tired" (for a work-at-home career) and " Tired of being tired?" (for vitamin B-12 pills).
One thing I like about rest days is that I get a break from packing up all of my stuff. I was annoyed that my room at the Motel 6 had been reserved for someone else for  the next night, so I had to move. Not only did I have to pack up my stuff, but I also had to settle for a second-floor smoking room. There was a big science fair at New Mexico Tech, and a bunch of kids were taking over much of the Motel 6 and other motels in town. I guess I should have been glad the whole town wasn't booked.
After I switched rooms, I walked around Socorro for awhile and took pictures. I had lunch at the Socorro Springs Brewing Company. The tomato ravioli soup was fantastic, but I was a little disappointed by the " bandido pizza," a combination of pepperoni, sausage and prosciutto. The crust was good but the meats lacked flavor. It was a hot day, and I drank about five glasses of lemonade with my meal. I love free refills.
I saw the San Miguel Mission and went to a bookstore. Then I bought a shotglass for my collection (I buy at least one shotglass on every vacation) at Harold's Trading Post. While I was shopping there, I looked at some New Mexico travel magazines.
" Those are free, you know," said the clerk. " So you can just take as much as you want to haul out of here." I laughed and explained that actually, I was on a bicycle so I didn't want to take anything unless I really wanted it.
Since there wasn't much to say about today, here's a list I've been building of pet peeves about the hospitality industry:
By the way, price or chain doesn't seem to make any difference with the above. I've stayed in $25 rooms with none of these problems and I've stayed in $50 rooms with all of them.
No riding today.
Click here to see Socorro photos.
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