Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 18 - Straight Up

Day 18 started out in Kent, TX on Highway 118. It started out slow because Jimmy's injury reminded us that his nervous system does not respond like the normal human body. He woke up feeling very fatigued and shaky but we probably should have expected this since he had pushed it to the 100 mile mark the day before. We weren't sure how far or long we would ride, it would all depend on Jimmy's body and today was expected to be a difficult ride due to 36 miles of continuous climbing up to 6200 feet in elevation. To add to the difficult climb the road was composed of loose gravel, at times it felt that our teeth were going to rattle out of our head. When we reached the top of our climb 3 1/2 hours into our ride we decided the day was going to have to be cut short. Rather than going all the way to Alpine TX, we descended 12 miles to Ft. Davis and found a campsite at the national park. Today was to be the second hardest day we had experienced so far. Although it was the toughest day it was by far the most scenic day, it included javelinas (wild pigs), cows, deer, elk and the prettiest landscape to this point. Jimmy said if the campsite had been one more mile, he might not have made it!

JB & Cory
East Bound & Down

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