Kiting the Continental Divide

March, 2013   //   by Chase Hasch   

After stopping for the night I woke up on the State Border of Arizona and New Mexico pretty much in the middle of nowhere.

It was 9am and a cold desert wind was hauling over the rest stop area where we spend the night. We turned on the radio and the weather came on – I quote: “45 mph winds today and increasing to around 55-60 mph tomorrow”. If our Radio would have a replay button I would have listened to it at least 6 more times to believe what I am hearing.

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My dad and I looked at each other with huge grins on our faces. Only problem was that based on our estimate we where 1300 miles from the nearest kite spot that we knew about. A quick Google mobile maps search showed a small body of water about 100 miles north of Hwy 10. We decided to take the plunge and followed a small road to a our “mystical” lake.

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While driving we noticed a massive increase in gas mileage. Towing a travel trailer our truck suddenly reported a fuel economy of 24 miles to the gallon. This can only mean one thing – it must be nuking and the wind is pushing us along. We arrived a few hours before sunset with winds still blowing around 20 to 30 mph.

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My toe still had not fully healed from my little accident in SoCal and I officially outgrew my boots :( Thank you so much to Jesse Richman for them I learnt so much with those boots. So I strapped up for the fist time in months.

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So in case you ever find yourself driving on Hwy10 through the desert of New Mexico you should be carrying a Cabrinha Kite and a board!

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