Welcome to carbonstories.org. On this site you can learn about Michael Johnson-Chase and follow my blogs. With some exceptions, this site follows "theme based" cycling tours focusing on social and climate related issues. Slowed down observations of the world over days, weeks and months at 10 to 15 miles an hour can reveal a depth and quality of understanding about our environment often missed by faster modes of travel.

Southern Tier, Post 21

Day 23, Post 21: What a day! I didn't sleep so well because of an intestinal problem. But we wanted to get in some miles before the heat of the day brought on the winds. Only problem was, it didn't work. The wind was blowing hard as we left Langtry at 7 am (in the dark since we are so far west in the central time zone and light doesn't hit until about 8 am). But we persisted anyway, and finally made it to Del Rio, a dusty and hot town SE of Langtry near the Rio Grande.

On the way while I was riding solo, I ran into several horsemen traveling from San Antonio to El Paso who are part of "veterans supporting veterans" on the the "Horseback Ride 'N' Ruck March Fund". Friendly and fun guys, and beautiful horses.

All of us opted to check ourselves into a Motel 6 for a real bed after many days of camping. I still have the intestinal issue but I'm hoping for a good nights sleep. Not sure what will happen tomorrow - I may need a rest day but I'll decide in the morning depending on how I feel and what my fellow riders are doing...

I always knew intellectually that TX was big - it's another thing to experience so many days of its open and endless countryside. Wow!

Check out my road cycling activity on Garmin Connect.
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1625928293

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Pic 1, Veterans on horseback alongside the road.

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Pic 2, the Pecos River

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Pic 3, A gas station. This is what the wind can do.

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Pic 4, Fair in Del Rio across the street from the Motel 6. Busy on a Friday night!

More to come,

Michael

Southern Tier, Post 22

Southern Tier, Post 20