There was a distinct chill in the air this morning as we lined up for the stage start outside our hotel in Grants. This was also quite a poignant moment for The Fabs as this was also the last day that we would be riding with Dave. He’ll be heading home to Maine tomorrow as he was only able to ride the first part of the tour. I have really enjoyed riding with him over the last couple of weeks. He has a very laid back, almost laconic personality but as I got to know him I have realised that he is both a very generous person and has a razor sharp sense of humour. He owns a brewery so he has played an important role in ensuring that our post ride refreshments were of the highest standards. The Fabs will never be quite the same without him.
A fast ride through the outskirts of Albuquerque to our hotel for the night. Dinner this evening was a rather special event as we said our goodbyes to Dave and also to Laurence who are leaving us. A couple of short impromptu speeches commemorated the occasion. Dave absolutely hit the nail on the head when he said that what makes a good ride is the route you ride; what makes a great ride are the people you ride with. Chapeau Dave, the Fabs are going to miss you.