Today’s distance / ???????: 32 miles / 51km
Average speed / ????: 7.3mph / 11.8km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 4h 22m
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 2519mi (plus 266mi) / 4055km (plus 430km)
Ascent / ??: 410m
Descent / ??: 270m
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N30.02.05.4, W097.56.22.7
Changed my wheels today.
I had thought that with 2,700 miles on the suckers, that they would be about half the size of the new ones with all the wear. They weren’t however. Only about 1mm or so less in diameter. I should have just kept the old ones on for the rest of the journey. I doubt that I’ll be changing the new ones out in any great hurry.
So I got away from Austin, leaving from the point I had stopped at on Friday – Epoch Coffee Shop on 53rd Street, Dawn kindly dropping me off there.
I made my way through the Austin downtown area.
Seeing the Fox 7 News station, I did a cold call, this ending up in a story shown later on that evening on the 5pm news:
So I ended up leaving Austin late at about 1pm. Despite the late start I made reasonably good progress in the afternoon despite headwinds, rough chipseal, and once again no shoulder and moderate traffic. Having to get off the road every time a car comes is a real pain…
I pushed on to past Kyle. Seeing no state or other public land, I had to jump a fence and camp under a tree near a cell tower on private property. Houses are sparse here in ‘hill country’, and trying to find a suitable place to camp is tough.
It was dark when I was setting up camp, and as I waved my headlamp across the grass where I was setting up, I saw little dots of reflected light in the grass. There were hundreds of the little ‘lights’. Upon closer inspection, it turned out that the reflections were off the eyes of hundreds of spiders, about the size of a 25 cent coin. I am not a fan of spiders by any means, but I had no choice but to pitch my tent amongst the friendly arachnids. Needless to say, I was happy to be inside a tent with ample insect netting…