Day 567 – USA (TEXAS): From Carmine to just west of Giddings

Today’s distance / ???????: 22.9 miles / 36.8km
Average speed / ????: 7.1mph / 11.4km/h
Time on skateboard / ????: 3h 13m
Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 2452mi (plus 266mi) / 3946km (plus 430km)
Ascent / ??: n/a
Descent / ??: n/a
End-of-day GPS coordinates: N30.12.53.0, w097.05.12.7

I was on a bit of a natural high for the first 1/2 hour of skating today. I soon dropped off it. A cold south wind was blowing, and I couldn’t find a spot to have breakfast. Any sheltered spot was not only out of the wind but also out of the sun. Finally found a spot that was out of most of the wind, and also caught some warm morning sun.

I stopped in at the library at Giddings, just intending on a short stop. The computers were good however, and I ended up spending a few hours updating the website.
So at 4:30pm I finally headed out on the road again. The tough, cold headwind that I had fought earlier in the morning had died away, and I enjoyed the short skate out of Giddings.

US290, the highway I have been following for the last couple of days, turned into my worst nightmare just out of town. No shoulders, high speed heavy traffic, rough chipseal. I had to walk for a mile or so until I found a side road. This side road deteriorated into a smooth dirt/clay road, and was actually much smoother skating than the main road.

It soon got dark, and I set up camp in the quiet woods along the side road. I was only woken once in the night. Packs of coyotes yapping and howling and scrapping near my campsite. The din was enough to deter me from getting up for my 2am pee.

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