Knowing that there would be no services all day, I ate a good breakfast at the Oasis Cafe (aka Johnny B’s). After stuffing myself, I used the bathroom at the restaurant, then went out to my bike. I felt just slightly funny, so thought it prudent to go and use the bathroom another time. Didn’t actually hit the road until 9:20 am.
After lunch, the road was very slightly downhill, but as I crossed from Brewster into Pecos county, the shoulder became rougher, so I actually had to pedal to keep from stopping. Terrell county was about the same.
A couple miles down the road, I started to think about that stile at the last rest stop. I was feeling like I might have to go, but thought I might last the 10 miles into Sanderson. 5 miles out of Sanderson, I realized I wasn’t going to make it, so pulled over into the desert to go. I just picked a flat area on the sand shielded minimally by some bushes to go #2. When I was done, I noticed that 4 desert dung beetles had already been attracted to the pile, and were trying to roll balls. Sorry, no picture.
Brian told me that the hills east of Del Rio were killers, and that he had actually walked his bike at one point. That’s my future, a few days from now. He asked about spacing of services west of this area, and I warned him about the Fort Davis to Van Horn wilderness.
I found that the seam in my left pannier is starting to tear. Actually, the seam was just glued, and was coming apart, probably from all the stress of the 1-gallon jug of water. I will attempt repair tonight with E6000 glue (glad I kept it).
Goal for tomorrow is Langtry, TX. As Brian warned me, no services, but it should be possible to camp behind the visitor’s center, where there is water and a bathroom. It’s 62 miles – a 100k. I hope to leave in the cool of the morning.