We have been living a charmed life. Nineteen days into our Coast 2 Coast adventure, and today we experience our first truly adverse conditions. I’m not complaining, but it was the hardest ride we have ever done! In fact, every member of our group has described it as “brutal”.
First the numbers, which will tell part of the story:
Start city: Van Horn, TX
End city: Marfa, TX
Total miles to date: 1062
Pedaling time: 5 hours, 43 minutes
Avg. speed: 12.8 mph
Feet climbed: 1800
Fatigue factor: 9 out of 10
Wind: SE, 5-15 mph, headwind all day
Road condition: 1 out of 5
Temperature extremes: 48 at ride start, 90 at ride finish
Cattle spotted: Hundreds, but no longhorns
Pecan groves dot the landscape.
A twenty-mile construction zone keeps things interesting. They are replacing the crappy chip seal with MORE crappy chip seal. Go figure.
Along the way we visit the Prada store. Grammy Boots would love this place.
Did you know that Prada makes cycling shoes? Very stylish.
We participate in a fund-raiser lunch at the local library in Valentine. Burritos and brownies.
This trip is all about stepping out of our comfort zones…and all I can say is that we are no longer Spam virgins!
Here is a look at a Border Patrol drone – keeping the country secure from the “bad hombres”.
What made this day so brutal? Road construction, terribly rough chip seal (shake-and-bake on steroids), uphill terrain AND a significant headwind of 10-15 mph during most of the ride.
Mint Oreo and chocolate covered cherry make us feel a lot better.
Tomorrow: uh oh…25-40 mph headwinds are in the forecast. This could get ugly.
Shirley D is following us across the country. See where we are at any time and how fast we are going: http://tinyurl.com/rogerandeve
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