Coast 2 Coast Day 18: Tandem on The Ten

Those of you who have been with us from the start of our cross-country adventure may remember that we spent a bit of time on Interstate 8 back in California and Arizona. Today, we ride on a new interstate, I-10. This will be our last ride on an expressway for this tour.

The traffic on the highway is very light.

Eve doesn’t like it when the semis blow by. There is a Texas-sized speed limit in these here parts.

Our route features two climbs followed by a great downhill to end the day.
Start city: Ft. Hancock, TX
End city: Van Horn, TX
Miles: 74
Total miles to date: 990
Pedaling time: 4 hours, 31 minutes
Avg. speed: 16.4 mph
Feet climbed: 1900
Fatigue factor: 7 out of 10
Wind: 5-10 mph, all over the place
Road condition: 4 out of 5
Temperature extremes: 48 at ride start, 88 at ride finish

We ride thru the ghost town of Sierra Blanca.

The railroad stopped coming here 40 years ago and the town slowly died. They still have a restaurant.

These are the married couples on the trip. Our tents are usually together in a section we call “married student housing”.

We cross another border today.

We are now in the Central time zone. We’ll be here for a long time.

Coming up: An ominous change in the weather. This could be painful.

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15 thoughts on “Coast 2 Coast Day 18: Tandem on The Ten

  1. Keeping up with ya’ll daily. So far you’re doing a wonderful job and looks like you’re still having fun. ; )!!

  2. Did you know? Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos purchases 100,000 acres in northern Culberson County for space launch facility.
    “The Three Burials” filmed in Van Horn and areas of West Texas.

  3. We love reading your photo blog.

    I have one more stat for you to add to your daily posting: “Cattle:” I hope that you are keeping up, you will have a few more to count as you quickly zip through Texas. Have you seen any longhorns yet?

    TexMex again? Is it becoming your “go to” meal? I hope that you are enjoying it as much as we do. Just as in your photo, we always seem to run out of salsa before the chips. Just so you know, it is perfectly acceptable to ask for more salsa to enjoy with your meal to kick it up a notch. In these parts, salsa is made on site and each has a slightly unique flavor.

  4. We thought of y’all as we were traveling on I-10 heading to 190. The terrain changed to “lush” and green and was nice. We’re at For Hood now. For some reason, I get thirsty when all there is around is dust. :). 80 MPH is crazy fast and even in our RV, (which we don’t go 80!), getting passed by a truck is not fun. The only good thing is they do move ahead really fast. Wishing y’all wide roads, tail wind and no trucks. :):)

  5. Watching and waiting for your end of day blog. Keep moving and we will follow. Also if you stop for whatever like great pics, food porn, and cows. Love cows too! Looking for ice cream, Tex Mex, and those smiles to continue. Prefer I 10 in a speeding van, but not THAT fast!

    See you later.

    Stoker D

  6. Watching and waiting for your end of day blog. Keep moving and we will follow. Also if you stop or whatever like great pics, food porn, and cows. Love cows too! Looking for ice cream, Tex Mex, and those smiles to continue. Prefer I 10 in a speeding van, but not THAT fast!

    See you later.

    Stoker D

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