Let me cut to the chase tonight. This was the hardest day on a bicycle that I've ever had. Today was the highest point on the entire Southern Tier. I climbed to elevation 8228. I know I've complained about going uphill a couple of times but nothing was even close to this. I started out of Lordsburg at 7:15 AM. It took me an hour to ride the first 7 miles. I crossed the continental divide shortly after that first seven miles, at elevation 6355. If you think the continental divide is the top, you are mistaken. I climbed all day after the continental divide. The elevation was back to 5900 in Silver City. We saw some huge mining operations today. At one of the mines I ran into a another biker named Patrick and we rode into Silver City together. I had not actually intended to make the summit today, but in order to sleep tonight I pushed on through.
Brad and Ben have been awesome. I mean truly awesome. My deepest thanks for their taking the time and expense to support me. I hope you will thank them too.
Tomorrow morning Brad and Ben and will drop me off at Emory Pass. I will head downhill, and they will head back to Phoenix.
Jamie Kimbel flys into El Paso tomorrow to come babysit until Saturday. After that, I'm uncovered.
Did I mention I climbed to 8228 elevation? COME ON PEOPLE! PUT DOWN THE REMOTE! GET OFF THE COUCH! GET OUT THERE AND WORK YOUR TAIL OFF!
I've insisted that everyone who participates in this journey take part in the blog so before the pictures, here's Brad and Ben.
This is brad. I will begin by telling you that i thought that this trip was a big deal. This is not a big deal. This is epic. I am officially beginning my quest to do something epic at some point in my life.
I will also tell you that Lincoln didn't climb 4000 vertical feet today. He climbed an absolute minimum of 10,000 feet, and I'm actually guessing closer to 15,000, give or take 1,000 vertical feet. We went up and down all day, and by up and down, I mean 500 up, 500 down. I seriously think we have been following superman based on what I witnessed today. Sheer willpower and determination. I can't even begin to tell you how impressed i was by this man.
I'm being told to speed this up, so I will ask for prayers as he keeps going, that he have a tailwind, that he find people who can ride with him occasionally, that he remains positive (cause negativity is waiting at every hill), and that the lord continues to give him the strength to do the kind of things that he did today. I will return to Huntsville tomorrow, but will be with him in spirit every mile that he has left. Love you buddy.
This is Ben...I have been asked to comment so I will do so...I honestly do not have the words for what I played a very, very small part in today. I mean really there are NO words. There is no way for me to put into words what i was able to witness....the pictures do it no justice. As noted above, the day was a never ending up and down and then lots of ups. To say that I proud of him would be the understatement of the year...I am simple honored to call him friend. It was just one of those days that we will share and remember forever. Simply humbling....I can not really explain it any other way than that. I was also called upon to document with the camera the last couple of days...I hope my sister is proud. I can't believe my time is already over...I hope that he remains strong on his journey. I hope for more downhills and tailwinds. Thank you for sharing this experience with me...safe travels. Really...I just hope the pictures are ok...
What kind of activity?
Oh, it's only just beginning.
Look at the road behind me.
Can you see the falling rock sign?
Me and Patrick, is that like Sponge Bob?
That's a little disconcerting.
Ok, I get the elk, but what's the flasher for. Brad thought it was a moose crossing.
You can't tell, but that's a homemade sign, now fading. Where's Larissa?
Is he really that much taller than me? At least we're color coordinated.
What is that stance? Uh, hi, I'm Alphonse.
Is that like spin the bottle?
Brad's giving me some riding technique pointers. "pedal in circles, not in squares" That joke compliments of Jon Noles.
Some hill somewhere.
Check that out.
Yes, I'm really there.
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Location:Silver City, N.M.