Getting off the border from Tour Divide was a challenge. I ended up spending four hours waiting for any way out of the no-man town of Antelope Wells. I caught a ride with the daily shuttle from Janos, MX to Phoenix, AZ, but just took it to Lordsburgh as I needed a shower. I splurged on a hotel, a change of clothes, but not on food as Lordsburgh’s population was not much more than Antelope Wells and had few food options. I drank a six-pack watched some South Park and waited for the next day when Gabriella would pick me up in her Toyota pick-up, Carmelita, and we headed out for a month on the road.
We recharged in Silver City and the Gila first, before we set out on our journey. That first day would be a disaster. We had to drop off a bag for our buddy Morgan in Hatchita. His ride, a Hatchita local, recommended we head towards Douglas, AZ and Agua Prieta, MX. We agreed to go that way instead of backtracking. We hit the small town of Animas, as we passed the gas station Gabriella looked at the half empty meter and recommended we fill up. With half a tank, I thought we’d make it and disagreed. We headed towards what we thought was Coronado National Forest. The pavement ended and roughened. Then the sky opened up. On a dirt road, gas running out, not even sure if we were heading the right direction, we, not in the nicest manner, agreed to turn around. The gas station in Animas was closed, meaning the next closest gas station was back in Lordsburgh, where we started. A whole bunch of driving to finish where we started.
Thankfully, that wouldn’t set the tone of the trip. It was smooth sailing from then out.