DubaiJuly 20 in the United Arab Emirates ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C
Last bit then I'm home!
Last bit then I'm home!
Lordsburg to Phoenix
Antelope Wells, Port of Entry
Longest day, distance and time. 7am to 3:44am. 206km!
After getting my tent set up at 2am, I only got a bit more than 3 hours sleep, waking up just after 5.
Day started ok with long tar road. But I had diarrhoea and it was hard. Once on the dirt road it got super hot. I even sat under a farm implement for 30 minutes to cool down. I decided to push on through the heat to Separ and rest there.
Got to Separ where there is only a curio shop. Luckily they had cold coke and anti-diarrhoea medication. Lordsburg (nearest town) my weather app said was 38C feels like 43C. I sat/slept on the porch until nearly 6pm when a rain storm started and temperatures dropped.
I rode hard to Hachita, not expecting shop to be open. I got there just before they closed and was given free coffee. Jeffrey who would be picking me up at the end met me there. We agreed on a 6am meeting at the finish.
I was riding well and just continued riding hard. Reaching the finish at 3:44am!
It is done!
(30mins later I see a skunk run down the road past me)Read more
Got here about 9:30 just as they were closing. They made me free coffee, a whole pot to myself.
Met Jeffrey Sharp who will come fetch me after I finish. We agreed that he will meet me at the finish 6am.
Let's go - the last little bit!
Today is blazingly hot. I got my first puncture of the trip just outside Silver City. The dirt road to Separ was super hot, hot sun and refelctive yellow sand. At one stage I sat under a local farmers harvesting machine.
I'm now in Separ. The temperature is extremely high, looking at the local weather report: Lordsburg shows 38C feels like 42C
Just a curio store here. They do have coke though.Read more
Today had a lot of steep downhills. These were especially challenging as I had removed my front brake pads a few days ago because they were still rubbing. The steep downhills meant I needed to take them very slowly and carefully.
I got to Silver City at about 23:00 and bought food at Walmart - Vienna sausages and coleslaw.Read more
Got a slow start to the day. Was lazy to get out of bed. Today was a short day. Just over 100km to silver city to do, but included the last few big climbs of the trip.
As normal it took my body a while to get going. The short, gentle hills making me walk. Mostly I just tried to keep moving as far as possible.
I was riding through forested hills. Didn't look much like desert, but the hills created a few quite technical descants, feeling much steeper than the climbs.
I was concerned I did not have enough food and water. I met a fireman who was doing maintenance along the road while monitoring a fire nearby. (I had seen the smoke in the valley but thought it was mist). We had a good chat, him saying he was too old to do what I was doing (he is 40). He gave me 2l of water.
I am very low on food. My 2 hamburgers and 2 snacks are being very carefully rationed.
We ended up with hike-a-bike section along the CDT (continental divide trail - hiking) for about 10km. I could hardly ride the trail at all and was pushing very very slowly. TYhis took so long that I ran out of food.
Finally got to silver city about 23:00 but Walmart was still open (24hours). After eating I rode a about5km south of town and camped next to the highway.Read more