I checked out of the hostel, today. Unfortunately, this hostel didn’t have the crowds of people I usually meet. It was more like a hotel, with 2 rooms that had bunk beds. At least it was economical.
There was construction, so I had to detour, and got lost. Wasted 4.5 miles trying to find Delta Rd again. Learning: in Google Maps, a thin blue line is not the route, it could be an irrigation ditch.
There was an almost constant headwind of 5 to 10 mph all the way to Fabens. At times, the wind gusted to maybe 25 mph. I’m learning that the way to deal with wind is just to keep pedaling at the same power output, gear down to a natural cadence, accept the speed, and let the wind cool me. My stretch goal was Fort Hancock, another 23 miles away, but I decided that Fabens would do. I had popsicles at two different stores in town, then went 2 miles off-route to the motel, which was at the top of a hill.
The weakness of this motel was internet speed. I was unable to even run an Ookla speed test. A Google test clocked 0.020/0.300 Mbps as the speed. That’s right, the download speed is 20 kbps. There were other guests on, no doubt, but please.
I’m not sure which is worse, slow internet, or biting insects.
I saw a flash in the early evening, and then the thunderstorm started. Glad I’m not camping tonight. The rain was coming down in sheets.
The DirecTV went out for a while. The internet went down, too. It occurred to me that in this isolated location, maybe satellite internet is the best they can do, which would explain why both went out at once.
When the internet came up again, on the weather forecast, it said thunderstorm tonight, isolated T-storms for the next few days. Hopefully there will be enough of a break to ride in. This is the first hard rain on the whole trip. We’ll see if my waterproof panniers are worth all the inconvenience, now.
Weather report also says wind directly in my face all day long tomorrow at 9-10 mph.