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Lastonthebus (LB)
City: Fort Collins
State: CO
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 29, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, May 8th, 2013

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First day up in my bivvy in the chihuahua desert, bruised, burnt, bloodied
and beatifically smiling. I had a tough first day, the headwinds were
brutal and I didn't make it the 75 miles I'd hoped, in fact most of the day
I was miserable. I'm out of shape and I just didn't feel put together all
But now that I've had dinner and sit down to write, I fell much more
content. I did 45 miles and I'm camping on BLM land within a rifle shot of
the border. Border patrol drives by every hour or so, so I'm not worried
about drug runners or coyotes. Tomorrow I'll hit Columbus thankfully (there
are no services, houses, water or people between el Paso and Columbus.)
My day started out in EP as smooth as could be expected for first day of
tour (fumbling, fits and starts, gear adjustments) I had trouble finding
space for the 2 gallons of water I had to pack, but made it work. I
definitely underestimated how physically tough this is going to be and I
mostly rode on paved roads! I did have to walk the bike through deep sand
for a mile... Yay. Damn, I'm tired.

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You're Never Gonna Make It

Steve Gillan


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