The following is a quote from Teddy Roosevelt that my dad sent last night.
"It is far better to dream of great things,
to envision glorious triumphs, even though
confronted with failure.
Than to join in that throng who neither
suffer much or gain much.
Who live in a grey twilight
that knows neither victory or defeat."
I never intended for this undertaking to become what it has for so many other people. Yet, I am humbled before God that so many of you have found inspiration in my trials. I have never wanted to quit anything so badly so many times as I have this trip. I reserve the right to still do so, but I must confess that your journey with me through your comments compels me along with my own knot headed determination to continue one day at a time.
We started this morning at a daylight and immediately had mechanical issues. I tweaked my front fender several days ago, and no amount of adjustment has righted the situation to date. This morning we decided to quit trying to fix it and dismounted the fender. That fixed it.
I knew I had to get Del Rio, Tx., or sleep on the side of the road. By looking at the elevation map I thought it would be downhill all day, and it was, with an uphill at every downhill. A steep uphill, lots of steep uphills. I'm not sure the the total elevation climb was equal to the mountains of New Mexico. Oh, did I mention headwind? Yes, headwind all day.
Jason Brooks is another fabulous support driver. He also shares Jamie's magnetic attraction for Border Patrol. We hadn't been out an hour when Jason got stopped by the Border Patrol. I actually didn't see Jason for the first hour because right after we got started Jason remembered that he was out of gas and had to drive 25 miles back to Sanderson, Tx., for gas and then come back and find me. He left with this question, "hey you'll be ok without me for a little while right?" Sure, I'm in the middle of nowhere with bandito's, wild animals, crazy drivers, illegal aliens, bald and on a bike, oh ya, I'll be fine.
Jason took some fantastic pictures today. He even broke Ben Logan's single day picture record. (Amy can you get a new battery for the camera, the digital readout says "tired.")
Throughout the day we visited the Judge Roy Bean center in Langtry, Tx. (check out wikipedia on this guy, fascinating), we crossed the Pecos river basin, and crossed the Amistad lake reservoir.
Hopefully the pictures tonight will give you greater insight into the day.
The only building in Dryden, Tx.
Sunrise over Dryden.
Early morning preparations.
Everything looks good.
EXCEPT FOR THE SEMI!
Jason, did you get gas for tomorrow?
What more could you ask for? A trailer and a windmill
I still have 81? That's depressing.
I hope you get the idea.
Are you kidding?
Are you serious?
Does it ever end?
I see the top.
Check out Jason's shadow.
It's never over.
Aaaahhhhh, the superfluous steed.
The steed needs rest too.
The only food in Langtry.
Suddenly, a new steed.
Bathroom security is important around these parts, have you seen the size of the dogs?
Jason, doing what he does best.
The actual bar where Judge Roy Bean carried out sentences.
I scoff at Judge Bean, did he ever ride 1200 miles on a bike? Wait, did they have bikes?
I thought I should include a downhill, just to be fair.
I can't tell which way I'm going.
Jason climbed a mountain for this one
Crossing the Pecos.
Let's stop here.
They have lovely accomodations.
Trust me if you're worried about the border, it's covered.
And the goats will be separated to his right. Check that, goats on the left.
See you tomorrow.
What's your dream? I'm glad you're enjoying mine, but hey, YOU NEED YOUR OWN! GET OUT THERE AND FIND IT!
P.S. When we got to Del Rio a thunderstorm had just passed through and the road was soaking wet. Remember the fender, this morning? As I pass Jason on the side of the road he rolls down the window and sticks the fender out at me. What a pal.
Location:Del Rio, Tx.