Travel day went fine until we were taxing to the gate at the end of our second flight and Portrait received an emailed flight status update. Our third flight was delayed by an hour. Once we made it to our new gate for the hour wait we learned we were delayed another half hour. We ended up landing in El Paso an hour after our bus to Deming, New Mexico left.
While waiting for a city bus to downtown I learned my first CDT lesson: be flexible. While waiting we talked about ways to get to NM: start hitching, but we only had an hour of daylight left, hitch in the morning, take the a.m. Greyhound, and start in Columbus, NM instead of Crazy Cook.
We ended up in a cheap motel for the night with the tentative plan to start hitching. The CDT is more about figuring it out while you go than following a set route and that's just what we're going to do.