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February 22nd, 2008 | categorizilation: all categories,USA (Texas)

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Today’s distance / ???????: 42 miles / 68km
Average speed / ????: 7.3mph / 11.7km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 5h 48m
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 2812mi (plus 266mi) / 4525km (plus 430km)
Ascent / ??: 410m
Descent / ??: 285m
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N29.41.57.4, W101.18.49.7

A late start and a strong headwind promised not a fantastic day of traveling today. The road surface was the standard chipseal, but low traffic volume allowed me to skate in the smooth tar tyre tracks facing oncoming traffic for a smoother ride.

Dan and Beth, mobile homers, fed me lunch at an RV park near Lake Amistad. I had wandered into the RV Park to see if there was a picnic table out of the sun where I could eat lunch.

With Dan and Beth at an RV Park near Lake Amistad, Texas, USA

Spaghetti and meat sauce was much preferable to my planned beans and tuna tortilla wraps. Thank you!

With Dan and Beth at an RV Park near Lake Amistad, Texas, USA

Lake Amistad itself was nice enough, a beautiful blue lake surrounded by dry, desolate country.

Lake Amistad, Texas, USA

By late afternoon the strong headwind had died down, and I enjoyed skating at least two hours into the night, skating in the cool of the evening. Days are hot here. Very hot. Too hot. I might have to make a habit of skating in the morning and evening, and taking the midday hours off.

I arrived at Seminole State Recreation Park at about 8pm after skating about two hours in the dark. Traffic is very light here on US90. One 18 wheeler every ten minutes or so. The moon was awesome tonight. Massive orange ball rising from the horizon.

Tagging the night in Seminole National Park, Texas, USA

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Comment by marcCO — March 9, 2008 @ 4:51 am | post a comment

How did you make last photo 'Tagging the night', any special tricks?

Comment by Rob Thomson — March 9, 2008 @ 12:21 pm | post a comment

@ Marco – I set the shutter speed of my camera to 15 seconds, and used my headlamp to 'write' the letters. I covered the headlamp at the end of each stroke to avoid any unintended lines. The photo came out with the words and numbers backwards and as a mirror image. So I fliped the image vertically to get them the right way around.

Comment by Aunty Les — March 9, 2008 @ 7:31 pm | post a comment

Amistad a natural lake? Looks pretty nice.

Comment by Aunty Les — March 9, 2008 @ 7:32 pm | post a comment

Is Lake Amistad a natural lake? Looks pretty nice.

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