Day 37 (day 31 riding) 4/6/13. The winds had my back today so I launched my spinnakar and set sail for Van Horn TX. As it turns out I didn’t have to ride Interstate 10 as much as I thought I would. I rode a rough shoulder uphill on I 10 for two miles and then crossed over on a marginal rode that seemed to lead nowhere.
I thought I had the road to myself then 5 cars passed me. I climbed from 3700 feet up to 4200 feet then crossed back over to I 10. Once again I manged to make it through the border patrol, and continued for 6 more miles then exited at Serra Blanca. I rode past my truck but my crew had abandoned ship. I replenished by water and continued on a marginal road for another 22 miles playing the spinnakar the whole way. The skipper would have be proud, I hit 15.2 and without any cavitation.
I think two cars passed me during that stretch. Then I came upon a fork in the road and zigged when I should have zagged. I ended up on very broken pavement then gravel for a mile before I rejoined my route. Back on to I 10 for the last 9 miles before dousing the spinnakar for the day.
Benchmark #1- Longest day to date at 53.42 miles. Benchmark #2 -1000+ miles on the trip.
Stats for Day 37: 53.42 miles at 11.7 mph, Max=15.2 mph, Ascent=1568′, Descent=1135′, Max elevation=4636′, Min elevation=3588′, Ave heart rate=104, Max heart rate=141, Ave temp=85, Total miles on the trip=1006.6, Calories burned=1248 (enough for two milkshakes)