Today’s distance / ???????: 46.5 miles / 75km
Average speed / ????: 7.5mph / 12.1km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 6h 11m
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 2328mi (plus 266mi) / 3747km (plus 430km)
Ascent / ??: 305m
Descent / ??: 270m
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N30.32.04.2, W095.30.06.3
Farm and Market Road 150. Would have been very nice had I been on a bicycle. The rough chipseal was tough going on a skateboard though. Tough, tough going. But hey, I’ve averaged less than 12km/h on my bike before.
Before the rough road madness began, Liz treated me to a great ‘Southern Breakfast’ if biscuits and sausage gravy. Basically a thick white sauce with great big lumps of tasty sausage meat mixed in, the gravy is smothered over freshly baked scones (they have funny names for things here in this part of the world). Stick-to-your-ribs type breakfast that promised to keep me going.
Warren and Liz Henley are a retired couple who since retiring have settled just out of the small town of Dolen. Their 100 acre property is made up of 50 acres worth of water. Old gravel pits have since filled with spring water, and are home to all sorts of wildlife; one of the Henley’s dogs got eaten by a 9-foot alligator. The alligator didn’t last long. After it’s second visit, it got aqcuainted with a blob of lead. As did another that decided to grace them with its presence. Harsh, it seems, but I’m sure an alligator with a mouth the size of your leg would make you reconsider your nature-loving tendencies.
Skating out of Dolen, I passed numerous ranches, all with glamorous main gates, in grand Texas style.
The roads are being re-surfaced however, and just out of Coldspring, I had the downhill of the skateboarding trip so far. Super smooth blacktop, brand new. The downhill was only all of half a mile, but it was great stuff.
For the 13 miles approaching New Waverly I had to share the road with heavy traffic, and very narrow shoulders. In times like this, it is a process of skating a few hundred metres, pulling off the road for the approaching traffic to pass (I skate towards traffic when the shoulders are narrow), and then resuming skating for another few minutes before I have to get off the road again. Very frustraiting.
I ended up camping just outside of New Waverly in a thicket of woods. Dinner was tuna, cheese and hot sauce tortillas. Very good.