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February 18th, 2008 | categorizilation: all categories,USA (Texas)

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Today’s distance / ???????: 52 miles / 83km
Average speed / ????: 8.4mph / 13.6km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 6h 08m
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 2705mi (plus 266mi) / 4354km (plus 430km)
Ascent / ??: 190m
Descent / ??: 170m
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N20.12.21.5, W099.54.14.3

I got away from the church just as the builders were arriving for work at 7:30am. Ate breakfast outside HEB – the big supermarket chain here in Texas. As usual, I had peanut butter, honey, and banana tortilla wraps. Great way to start the day.

I had a great smooth road and tailwind out of Hondo. Just as forecast.

Quick, the timer is on! (near Hondo, Texas, USA)

Near Hondo, Texas, USA

By the way, to get these jumping shots, I set the camera up to take 10 consecutive shots automatically on a timer. I then run to a predetermined spot and jump like crazy. Yes, I did get some strange looks from passing cars.

A windmill near Sabinal, Texas, USA

As forecast also, the road surface decreased in quality into Uvlade County. Made up for in no small way by the amazing clouds.

Big skies on the way to Uvlade, Texas, USA

The roads improved 15 miles later from the small town of Knippa, and I arrived in the bustling metropolis of Uvalde at 4pm.

Flags in Uvlade, Texas, USA

At the local WalMart I stocked up on food and water. For the next 40 miles, there is nothing. Nada. I figured I would be able to make it to Bracketville by lunchtime tomorrow at the very latest a my current rate.

About 5 miles out of Uvalde I met John, Wade, Henry and Tom gallivanting on Wade’s new trail bike. You’ll see some of Wade’s skills on the bike in the next video update coming soon.

Bikers near Uvlade, Texas, USA

I set up camp next to Nueces River, and enjoyed the peace and tranquility.

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Comment by Rob — February 21, 2008 @ 8:20 pm | post a comment

Glad to see you got to enjoy the tailwind down to Hondo. Also glad you are mixing up the ol tortilla mix with some honey. Oh yeah…Thursdays will be pizza night in your honor. Tell your Aunty that Texas is a big big state so you may be here a while.

Comment by AbrasiveScotsman — February 22, 2008 @ 4:57 am | post a comment

Glad to hear your adventure is still going well. One thing has been bugging me though, if the roads of wealthy developed Texas are posing a problem, how will you cope with the rural parts of China? I seem to recall from reading the first time round that many of them are not exactly what you would describe as surfaced….

Like this one for example

Comment by Daniel N. Lang — February 22, 2008 @ 6:07 am | post a comment

@AbrasiveScotsman: It´s not that all roads were like that in China! Often they have broad shoulders for all the cyclists (that used to be) there! I´ve had bad roads in Tibet but the roads in the center were great, often just a few months/years old and always clean (at least Expressways) due to cheap laborers. I haven´t been in the south or south east though where the majority of the Chinese live, so I can´t tell about that – I speculate there won´t be many roads of the one you linked to (at least not the main connections (M and G roads)).

Cheers and happy skating, cycling!

Comment by Aunty Les — February 23, 2008 @ 3:38 am | post a comment

Must be nice to have wide shoulders AND no chip seal. A pity there aren't any hills to zoom down on.

Comment by Mike C — March 6, 2008 @ 11:01 pm | post a comment

I LOOOVE the photo of you by the prison sign!

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