It had been predicted that we would have a tailwind, and we were pleasantly surprised to find the prediction and our wish came true. A route that has usually been a difficult day was magically transformed into a fast, enjoyable seventy-three mile ride to Van Horn, Texas.
Today's Milestone: we reached 1000 miles pedaled
The next day (today), they found 3 kids harassing the pup, and witnessed one kick her! They decided on the spot to scoop up the pup, now named Blanca, found a milk crate behind a restaurant, and plopped her inside. My heroes!! When we came upon them, Blanca was very comfortably riding in her crate. Turns out the woman is a veterinarian and they are biking the southern tier, just like us.
They hoped to find a vet in Van Horn to vaccinate and worm Blanca. It was hard for me to leave this little pup, but the guys I was riding with indulged me the time I wanted before heading out again.
We experienced a gentle assist up the initial climbs, which covered about 11 miles and even greater assistance down the other side. The steady Westerly wind pushed us as we traveled East. Our group was averaging over 20 mph up a slight incline with minimal pedaling to Sierra Blanca. Creating our own breeze as the temperature climbed into the eighties.
After our last rest stop for the day, we still had ten miles to home. Two miles of climbing followed by an eight mile descent all on Interstate Highway 10. With the wind at my back, I was able to climb at 18 mph. The descent speeds topped out at 38 mph. See Udi, Lisa, and Ken zoom by in the video below: