Day 38 turned out better than expected. Strong cross winds were predicted, and eventually came, but not before I made some significant mileage. I wasn’t sure how I would feel after the mammoth day yesterday, but the road was smooth and flat. I did ascend over 800 feet through the ride, but the gain was stretched out over 45 miles.
I am riding southeast on route 90 out of Van Horn. This stretch is technically off route for but I am hoping to cut some hills and distance out of the course. I will rejoin the route in Alpine TX in about another 60 miles. This decision was based on the advice of our friends David and Jo Ann. So far so good.
I did pass a very unique site while riding, and regret not stopping to take a picture. It was a box like building maybe 30’x15’ and 15’ tall. The building was just off the road about 20 feet. The front was mostly window and as I passed all I could see were high heel shoes. On the building were the words Marfa Prada. I didn’t feel too bad for not stopping, I figure most unicyclists passing through don’t’ bother to stop since they don’t carry unicyling shoes.
The winds picked up before I finished but that was probably the easiest 45 miles I have ridden on a unicycle.
Stats for Day 38: 45.18 miles at 12.7 mph (highest average speed on the trip to date), Ascended 804’, Descended 206’, Max elevation=4598’ , Min elevation=3900 , Average heart rate=104, Max heart rate =157’ Average temp=77 degrees , Calories burned=1010, (yesterday’s calories were omitted 1248) Largest 2 day total=98+ miles.