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    Day 34 comments

    July 16 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    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 sat under a farm implement 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)
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  • Day39

    Hachita, NM

    July 16 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Got here about 9:30 just as they were closing. They made me free coffee, a whole pot to myself.

    Met the guy who will fetch me from the end. Agreed to finish at 6am.

    Let's go!

  • Day39

    Day 33 comments

    July 16 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    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 shortlist, gentle hills making me walk. Mostly I just tried to keep moving as far as possible.

    We were 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 was very low on food. My 2 hamburgers and 2 snacks were carefully rationed.

    We ended up hike-a-bike the CDT (continental divide trail - hiking) for about 10km.

    Finally got to silver city about 23:00 but Walmart was still open (24hours).after eating I rode a our 5km south of town and camped next to the highway.

    Can't remember if it was today, saw 3 wild boar in the bush.
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