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)
Congrads on your new milestones. I’m liking your menu (french toast) and cool drinks!!! Where’s your umbrella?
I was thinking about you yesterday. I got out on my coker. Did 5.37m on the northern portion of the bike path. I had rubber legs at first, but settled in for a nice little ride. So you rode 10x further than I did and a lot faster. I think I maxed at 9.4mph. Congrats on the 1000+. Keep on rollin’.
Sometimes I wish I was on the Chardon bike path
You deserve a longneck in the Texas heat to celebrate.
Maybe even two.
Yeah, your first 1000 ! Nice place to have all these accomplishments too… Texas is a wide state and feels like it goes on forever… but after that you’ll zip through the states much faster. Ride On!!
I am about 15 miles from rejoining the route in Alpine. I just need to get a good start in the morning and I will be back on the route tomorrow. I have been enjoying the lonely roads in Texas.
You are doing so awesome..Uncle Bob would be so proud as are all of us!
I’ve been stalking your blog and look forward to your posts as I have been living vicariously through your stories. Congrats on your two new milestones. I wish I could do what you’ve been doing. From a fellow unicyclist and wanna be sailor. Matt.
Thanks for your support. I just pedal one revolution at a time and try and stay on top.
I hear ya. You are my inspiration! I check out your posts almost every day, but usually don’t think about the magnitude of what you are doing because I’m used to you doing big things. And then I look at it from a normal human perspective and get blown away!
like the old CB saying: keep the rubber side down and the shiny side up.