Day 39 got off to a late start. Just the second day starting out in the central time zone. Hard to leave camp.
I pedaled hard to make as much mileage as I could before the winds came up. In less than two hours (including short breaks) I was 24 miles along. I was averaging over 13 mph with the breeze on my starboard quarter.
When riding cross country on a unicycle never pass up an opportunity to picnic.
It wasn’t quite lunch time yet but I couldn’t pass up the table in the shade. After lunch the cross winds picked up and I limped into Marfa in low gear. I saw my truck, but once again the crew had abandoned ship. While I was replenishing my water a couple of guys walked by and asked where I was riding. Then a another cyclist rode up to check me out as well. He was riding on a tour with Adventure Cycling, but not my route.
The guys said they were doing some TV filming in town and asked if they could film me. I waited a few minutes and they returned with there cameras. One guy sat in a van with the door opened and filmed me riding out of town as they drove along side. Maybe I’ll Infamous.
I had to turn from Southish to East when I rode through Marfa so I thought the previous cross wind would be at my back. But the wind shifted with me and I fought cross winds until I gave in after riding 40 miles on the day. The last 16 miles in low gear. When my crew rolled by I pleaded to be taken aboard. I was whipped.
Stats day 39: Rode 40.9 miles at 11.5 mph, Max=15.6 mph, Ascent=961′, Descent=492′, Max elevation=5087′, Min elevation=4616′, Ave heart rate=103, Max heart rate was compromised. Ave temp=83 degrees, calories burned=961.