7/20/10, Chama, NM - Itís has been nearly 3 months since I passed this way last. After a long day of travel, we settled with some nice folks on the western edge of town. Having crossed back east across the Continental Divide, today also marks the beginning of Leg 4 of the journey.
All day long, good folks from the Jicarilla (pronounced ĎHick-a-ri-yaí) Apache nation stopped to check on my welfare and to see if there was anything I needed. They included a guy that was willing to provide me with an escort vehicle, and a lady and her daughter who ran to town and bought me a bottle of water and a pack of cookies. The Jicarilla are a very warm people who have close ties with both family and friends.
An hour after lunch, we crossed the Continental Divide and entered Leg 4 of the Western Wagon Journey. I tried to spare B.O.B. the mental anguish of our previous stop on the Divide, and timed our arrival so it didnít coincide with lunch.