Coast 2 Coast Day 17: Exiting El Paso

Bubba says that the riding in Central and Eastern Texas is lovely. The problem is that we have to get through West Texas first.

And so it begins…19 days to cross the great state of Texas. Forty percent of our miles are here. We wake up this morning in El Paso and start the day with Texas-sized waffles.

What other state has a waffle maker that spits these out?

We have got to get through about 30 miles of seemingly connected shopping centers before we are in the country again.   While pedaling through downtown we are treated to a view of the city.

The highlights of the day include fields of pecans which make us feel like we are back riding in South Georgia!

There is also a man-made holding lake for the irrigation in this area.  It’s the largest body of water we have seen in over two weeks, since we left San Diego!

Here’s our ride stats. It would have been a super-fast day if we didn’t have to stop for what felt like hundreds of red lights.
Start city: El Paso, TX
End city: Ft. Hancock, TX
Miles: 61
Total miles to date: 915
Pedaling time: 3 hours, 31 minutes
Avg. speed: 16.9 mph
Feet climbed: 650
Fatigue factor: 4 out of 10
Wind: 5-10 mph, all over the place
Road condition: 4 out of 5
Temperature extremes: 60 at ride start, 88 at ride finish

There is a reward for riding in the heat–a bomb pop!

Our busy day ends with the nightly riders meeting just before sunset.

Tomorrow: we head out early and try to beat the heat on a 75-mile day.

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4 thoughts on “Coast 2 Coast Day 17: Exiting El Paso

  1. It was great seeing you in El Paso. Thinking a lot about your ride across Texas as we drive it. Damn! Texas is huge and desolate. Ride safe and stay cool.

  2. Is it true everything is bigger and better in Texas? Maybe you will find the yellow rose! Good luck on the test of the ride.🚴🏼‍♀️😘🌹

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