Texas is finally done :). It was 37 degrees when we woke up, but the sun warmed us quickly. The roads were mostly smooth and flat and the traffic was moderate. Once I got to route 190 I had good shoulder to ride on.
Early on a fox crossed the road 40 feet in front of me. Before I left Texas I was chased by dogs twice more. One was a sneak attack by a little hound who never barked until he crossed the road and was 5 feet from my wheel.
Welcome to Louisiana.
I rode three miles into Louisiana when I saw a trooper pull over ahead of me. He turned his lights off and just stayed in the shoulder. I thought maybe he wanted to talk to me but as I road up he didn’t get out of his car so I just went out into the road around him since he was blocking my path. His window was down so I said good morning as I rode by. He never uttered a sound. I guess if you have seen one cross-country unicyclist you’ve seen them all.
A short ways latter I saw a sign telling me how to evacuate. I’m not sure how friendly this state is going to be. 🙂
I figure If I had three days notice of a hurricane and I played the wind right I could get at least 150 miles away from the area. Maybe more with a little adrenalin.
I was tooling along at about 15 mph and just about to take my first sandwich break when I broke a spoke. When this happens the wheel almost always goes out of true enough to drag a little on the brake, so I had to stop and replace it. I must be eating too much, that’s the second spoke I broke in just over a week.
Stats for day 65: I rode 54.03 miles at 13.5 mph, Max=17 mph, Ascent=735′, Descent=689′, Max elevation=220′, Min elevation=77′, Ave heart rate=110, Max heart rate=135, Ave temp=76 degrees, Calories burned=1372. Total trip miles=1959