People in smaller towns seem to take more pride in their municipality than people in cities do. Townfolk mostly know each other and their histories. It is harder to be anonymous in a small town. Perhaps they are more invested in their relationships and common experiences. Perhaps they are better able to identify with their neighbors. They certainly seem to have more time for hospitality and visitors. When we arrived in Globe, Arizona I was lucky enough to experience small town living. The firemen arranged access and talks with two high schools. We were given meals, motel accommodations for the night, and advise for the road. I met the mayor, chief of police, town executive, and the counsel. Every community would be better if it's citizens knew each other were equally invested in their municipality.
Today was a 79 mile rolling pedal through Apache country. Moe and Roscoe are still with me through tomorrow. Moe blew a tire, but we makeshifted a repair using an old tube. We pounded into a headwind for about 60 miles. The roads were much safer than yesterday, but my legs are asking for a rest day. They will have to wait for another 2 days and 5000 feet of climbing.