The premonitions of another tough day came true today thanks to a strong and persistent north wind. Since we were traveling NE all day, well you get the picture: 96 miles into a quartering headwind. Mike K and I worked as a team-of-two pace line for most of the day and that really helped. The front rider bears the brunt of the wind and 'pulls' for about 1/2 mile or so and the rear rider gets a significant relief. Then the two riders swap positions for another 1/2 mile or so, and again and again. This kind of cooperation allows the two (or more riders) to significantly extend their range or increase speed when compared to a single rider. Anyway, even with this help the day was slow: it took us 6 Hr and 48 min to cover the 96 miles, only averaging 14.1 mph. Tomorrow is a short and flat 70 miles, to OK so we should be in better shape, barring any unusual wind. [Note fingers crossed]
|The classic windmill of the prairie .....|
|L-R: Tom, John, Mike K, Mike F and Craig at the Texas border|
|Welcome to Texas!!!!!|
|The cattle fead lot near Dalhart, TX. 70,000 cows in there, and yes you could smell them all!!!!|
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Day 18: Tucumari NM to Dalhart, TX by xctom2012 at Garmin Connect - Details