Tom and his wife Ana picked me up! They took me out to breakfast! It was a great time at a mexican restaurant. I even tried menudo. Don’t ask what it is haha! We headed back to their house to rest.
Tom read about this journey and had been following along since I crossed into Louisiana. He and Ana got worried after I left Van Horn. I hadn’t updated the blog in a while. Tom actually did a drive by through Clint looking for me a few days before.
We talked about all kinds of things. Ana is a first generation mexican-american. We talked about Juarez and the border. Tom is a fellow adventurer! He has lived an incredibly interesting life. He is from Seattle and has hitchhiked across America numerous times. He even spent a few years in formation as a Benedictine! They met in El Paso 14 or so years ago and have been married since!
Tom and Ana told me they wanted to help me with whatever it was that I needed! We went over the list I made the night before. They brought me to Walmart, and bought me clothes, food, water, and a new phone charger (mine was near broken). They also gave me a really nice sleeping bag from home. They even gave me money to pay my phone bill. Wow!
I crossed into New Mexico! I went live on Facebook and chatted with friends and family for almost an hour! It was so fun! I answered questions and shared a few stories from the road. What a good time.
I crossed back into Texas and stopped at a McDonald’s to hydrate. It was only a block from the border. I bought a small drink and used wifi. I sat down and processed the last week or so. I made it through Texas!
It started to rain. I found some shelter among some pine trees along the train tracks. I used my new sleeping bag as a tarp, and set up my hammock. I pushed the buggy right through the desert terrain: rocks, thorns, cacti. No fear of flats!