Day 589 – USA (TEXAS): From Alpine to Fort Davis State Park

Today’s distance / ???????: 29 miles / 46km
Average speed / ????: 8.3mph / 13.4km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 3h 28m
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 3008mi plus 271mi (?) / 4841km plus 436km (?)
Ascent / ??: 385m
Descent / ??: 225m
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N30.35.37.0, W103.56.18.1

On the road again after a two day break, I was in the zone. Pushing up the awesome hill up to Fort Davis on OK surfaces. Not perfect, but acceptable.

Highlights of the day were people centered. I met John and Karen Poole, an energetic couple who are cycling across the US in the same direction as me. They do about 100 miles a day. Amazing. John is just a shade over 60 years of age. Incredible. They treated me to lunch, and then even let me stay at their campsite at the Fort Davis State Park.

With John and Karen at the Fort Davis State Park in Texas, USA

I also met a New Zealander, Alan Maxwell. Alan is a retired university professor, now living in Boston, after many years in research, presumably astronomy, with his frequent visits to the Fort Davis area. Thank you to Alan for dinner at the lodge at the state park.

With Allen Maxwell at the Fort Davis State Park in Texas, USA


  1. Jonny of Lincoln

    Hi Rob

    inspired by your determination in the midst of annoying and mildy painful events, dont let them grind you down! kia kaha!

    Did i tell you i am engaged ! gettign married in May (ny chance you r back in NZ then?) Kate and Godo are going to china about the same time as you are there…I think anyway…Great desert photos, reminds me of the movie "Cars" – the whole ghost town thing

    God bless


  2. It looks like you're having a pretty cold lunch!

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