We certainly earned our rest day tomorrow. And we need it! The past three days have been a test of our mental and physical endurance.
Here are the numbers for today:
Start City: Brackettville, TX
End city: Concan, TX
Total miles to date: 1403
Pedaling time: 5 hours, 16 minutes
Avg. speed: 14.0 mph
Feet climbed: 2250
Fatigue factor: 8 out of 10
Wind: SE 5-10 mph, headwind for first 40 miles, tailwind for the rest
Road condition: 2 out of 5
Temperature extremes: 66 at ride start, 75 at ride finish
Number of dead at the Alamo: between 182 to 257 Texans
Traffic, serious chip and seal and miles have taken a toll.
A left turn off of Highway 90 takes us onto Highway 83.
After 5 1/2 days and 380 miles, we finally leave Highway 90. Here’s what we learned on Hwy. 90:
–there are three types of vehicles on the road: semis, RVs and white pickups.
–semi truck drivers can be real jerks.
–chip seal sucks everything, including energy and morale.
We return to Hwy. 90 in Florida, where the road is much smoother. Ironically, Hwy. 83 has a surface that’s just as bad. It does improve as we get closer to our campground.
The reality of the day is a good dose of headwind to go with our shake and bake road surface for the first 40 miles.
For the next two nights we are at a 1950’s era “resort”. We are staying indoors in a cabin with our own bathroom, which is sort of a luxury!
Excuse the mess.
It’s a big week ahead as we hit the halfway point of the trip. Coming tomorrow, we rest and we get a chance to brag about our incredible chef, Anne!