Simon just called from a place called Horca, still in Colorado. (initially I thought he said Hawker & couldn't find it on the map, but a posted comment suggested Horca, which still isn't on any of the maps here!)
He's done 73 miles so far today, and is planning to head on over La Manga Pass when it cools down a little.
He said the ride up Indiana Pass was a real toughy, it gets to almost 12 000 feet, it was nearly a four hour climb. The air felt pretty thin & there was a lot of rolling stuff along the top.
Arrived in Platoro in time for July 4th celebration community BBQ. $12 for a pretty good feed.
The downhill out of Platoro to Horca was pretty rough, serious corrugations (as bad as the road up to David & Jennie's old place in Hawea!), quite a lot of climbing and a headwind. Not quite so much fun.
He sounded reasonably happy, but he said that was because he was standing in the shade!
The plan is to camp high tonight. He's hoping to make it to Abiquiu tomorrow. New Mexico!