We had a 62.1 mile day of riding, so the 10 mile downhill was just a small portion. WE also got as close to the US/Mexico border fence as we have been yet. WE saw many, many Border Patrol, especially as we rode across the Yuha Desert. Remember how we complained about the frigid cold the first 2 nights? NO longer a problem once we decreased the elevation. It was hot today and dry in the desert.
Tonight we are camping indoors at Calexico Mission School, a private school where about 1/3 of the students cross the border daily to attend (legally). It costs their parents (most of whom are affluent doctors, etc) $9000 to send them here, and some can take nearly 3 hours to get to school. In fact, they give the students a flexible star time so they are not continually tardy. The students treated us tonight to a great dinner, prepared by the students. Being a Seventh Day Adventist School, it was a vegetarian meal of cheese enchiladas, rice, beans and chocolate chip cookies. The tour guide will make a donation to the school on behalf of all of us to thank them.
We phoned the Hagens from the road, and while we were sweltering in the desert, they told us they had school canceled because of snow and were out building a snowman.